TIL Juno Beach was originally going to named Jelly Beach, but Churchill disapproved of the name, finding it to be undignified “for a beach on which so many men might die”.

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Good call tbh


Omaha and Utah beach heads were American led, Gold and Sword beach were led by UK, and Juno beach was a Canadian command – those were the 5 beaches invaded during D-Day, Omaha suffered the highest casualties(Saving Private Ryan) over 2k deaths, while Utah suffered the lowest casualties , under 200.


If the Japanese invasion had gone through in 1945-1946, the beaches would all have been named after cars. Eastern Kyushu: Austin, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler and Cord Beaches Southern Kyushu: Dusenberg, Essex, Franklin Beaches Western Kyushu: Pontiac, Reo, Rolls Royce, Saxon, Star, Studebaker, Stutz, Winton and Zephyr Beaches Tokyo area: Locomobile, Lincoln, La Salle, Hupmobile, Moon, Mercedes, Maxwell, Overland, Oldsmobile, Packard and Plymouth Beaches Casualties during the initial Japanese D-Day would have probably been near 30,000, with anywhere from 150,000 to 1 million Allied troops killed in action after the full campaign. Movies like “Saving Private Ryan” would almost certainly have been set in Japan instead of France as it likely would have been an even more horrific fight.


The British/Canadian beaches were named after fish in the early COSAC plans. Jellyfish, Swordfish, and Goldfish. As planning went on the names were shortened to Jelly, Sword, and Gold. But of course Jelly sounded bad so it became Juno. On the far left flank was Band Beach, which was not used. It also began as Bandfish.


“Might die”