Today June 22nd is the anniversary of Operation Bagration (1944), also known as Destruction of Army Group Centre! Thank you to the Western Allies for setting up that magnificent diversion 16 days ago Ø From June through August 1944, the Allies landed 1 million men on the Normandy coast of France and 86,000 men and 6 divisions on France's southern coast and advanced to capture Paris. The advance cost the Wehrmacht 530,000 men. Ø From June through August 1944, 8 Red Army fronts with 52 armies, 5.5 million men, and about 300 divisions defeated and destroyed 3 German army groups totaling about 1.5 million men and over 100 divisions, inflicting over 800,000 casualties on the Germans, and reached East Prussia, the Vistula River south of Warsaw, Hungary, and Bulgaria. in Glantz, "The Soviet-German War 1941-1945: Myths and Realities"