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Juno Beach - Canadian Area of Operations

Juno Beach - Canadian Area of Operations Visual Arts Famous Historical Events Geography World War II

Juno Beach was the segment of the Normandy coastline assigned to the Canadians on D-Day.  This part of the beach was six miles wide.  The principal attack force was the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division.

This aerial view shows the difficult landing which the assault forces faced. 

Instead of reaching the beach at low tide - at about 4:45 AM on the morning of June 6, 1944 - the attackers arrived at about 7:45 AM.  Germany's defensive measures, which would have been more visible at low tide, were now partially submerged

As the landing crafts approached the beach, submerged German mines began to do their jobs.  About thirty percent of the landing crafts were either destroyed or damaged. 

This meant that the soldiers had to wade in, exposing them to even greater danger.

Because German defensive guns were set-up to fire along the beach itself, the wading troops were spared heavy gunfire as they made their way to shore.  But when they arrived at the beach, they faced incredibly intense firepower. 

Historians estimate that the first wave of men reaching the Juno beach had a 50-50 chance to live.

Of approximately 21,400 Canadians who landed at Juno, about 1,200 became casualties of war.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Aug 29, 2017


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Image online, courtesy Library and Archives Canada.

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