D-Day, Operation Overlord, and the Allied Invasion of Europe

Posted by Franklin McGuire on

Ever since we were kids, my brothers and I have loved watching war movies and learning more about the history of the American military in which we now serve. 

Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and even some of the old classics like To Hell and Back, with Audie Murphy, were family favorites. Something about a World War Two movie has just always done it for us.

Now that we're all in the military (three of us are in the Army and one of us is an Air Force C-130 pilot), we find that the spirit and the ethos of those warriors who came before us still lives within the military today. Many hundreds of thousands of Americans have worn this uniform and served their nation proudly, and the legendary stories that come from those men and women continue to inspire us even today.

When we started thinking about the upcoming 76th anniversary of D-Day, we decided we wanted to build on what we had started last summer with the Operation Overlord shirt, which is still one of our all-time bestselling designs. This year, though, we wanted to do more of a deep dive. We wanted to spend some time marking this moment, this anniversary of one of history's great military invasions, and spend time reflecting on the legendary moments and men of the conflict.

So, we kicked off our "D-Day Chronicles" series on the anniversary of the invasion itself with our latest design, the "Allies of Overlord" tee shirt. In the coming weeks, we will be diving more deeply into some of the men, some of the stories, and some of the legends that came out of the invasion and the events that followed it. 

We'll look at D-Day and Operation Overlord itself, and why it was such a significant moment in human history.

We'll look at Operation Neptune and the forces of the U.S. Navy that helped ferry thousands and thousands of troops from England to Normandy.

We'll look at the mysterious "Ghost Army" that hoodwinked Hitler and his Nazi forces before, during, and after the invasion. 

We'll look at the secretive men of the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division -- better known today as "The Filthy Thirteen," and the inspiration behind the famous movie, "The Dirty Dozen."

And we'll release a few highly-anticipated new designs commemorating and remembering many of these men and these moments.

It is rumored that General Patton believed he was a reincarnated warrior from the legendary days of old, and that he may have even believed he had been a Roman legionnaire under Julius Caesar in a previous life.

We're not sure whether he was or not, but one thing is for certain -- the stories and legends of these warriors are powerful, and they continue to inspire us, even today. Let us never forget the men, and never forget their exploits. We must continue to tell these stories to our children and to our children's children so that they will always know what truly happened when a dark mastermind of evil conspired to take over the free world, and the soldiers and leaders of the free world united as Allies to stop him.

Remember, patriots: Legends never die.


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  • Any plans to release the Eisenhower letter as a print? Would look great.

    Steve on

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