Allied Invasion on Normandy Beach during WWII Discussion

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Topic is focused on D-Day Invasion, specifically from the Allied forces point of view (American soldiers)

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- Days leading up to the invasion (Germany was expanding its territory. Allies had to retake France)

- adversity facing the Allied troops on the day of the invasion (waves, wind, machine gun fire from Germans, etc.)

- how they overcame German soldiers and won

- what that victory meant for both sides. Freeing France helped the Allies and really hurt the Axis powers. 

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D-Day: Allied Invasion D-Day Overview Attack began on June 6th, 1944 Allies invaded France - Allies include U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Free French fighters Established a beachhead as a part of Operation Overlord Air assault, parachute landings, and an amphibious attack on the beaches in France Why did the Allies strike back? Germany had invaded France - Planned to take over all of Europe Allied forces had been able to slow down the expansion of German troops This was a good time to go on the offensive - D-Day (Operation Overlord) was their chance to strike back and retake France Leading up to D-Day Allied troops performed multiple practice runs of the invasion - Exercise Tiger was a practice invasion on April 28th, 1944 749 U.S. soldiers were killed from a surprise attack of German torpedo boats The real invasion date had to be during a full moon and spring tide Days leading up to June 6th experienced awful weather - German forces assumed the Allies would wait until conditions were more favorable President Eisenhower decided on June 6th, although the forecast was still unsure Operation Fortitude Deception tactic used by Allies to fool Germany into thinking the attack was coming at a different location - Divided into two sub plans → North and South Created fake field armies that threatened Norway (Fortitude North) and Pas de Calais (Fortitude South) This plan successfully diverted Axis attention on Normandy, leaving those beaches more vulnerable to be attacked by the real Allied forces June 6th Invasion The night before June 6th, Allied paratroopers dropped into France behind the German forces on the beachfront - Thousands of dummy paratroopers were dropped to help protect the actual soldiers and attract attention Set up position, seized roads and bridges, prepared for Allied troops to invade beaches and move inland Amphibious Allied forces faced enemy fire from Germans who were in an advantageous position U.S. Forces on French Beaches Soldiers battled through 5 foot waves, rough seas, thrashing wind to get to the beach from the boats Allied Air forces played a huge role in allowing amphibious forces to reach land by suppressing German forces "The sea was very rough, and everybody got seasick and we were soaking wet, cold and miserable. It was June, but it felt like November, December. We were under fire all the way. When we got 200,300 yards from shore, we started taking artillery and mortars, and then as we got closer in the small arms opened up. And they cut us down pretty good. Some of the men couldn't swim, and we were carrying 60 pounds of equipment or weapons. It was a tough deal," said Staff Sergeant John Robert Slaughter, Company D, 116th Infantry, 29th Division, according to a journal called American History. Beginning of the end This attack by Allied forces began to drive the enemy out of France which weakened German power in Europe - By the end of D-Day, over 150,000 troops had landed in Normandy Once they established position, they pushed inland which allowed more Allied troops to land on those beaches By June 17th, over half a million Allied troops had arrived and all that support led to the Allies pushing the Germans out of France Losing France really hurt Axis power Less than a year later (May 7th, 1945), Germany surrendered unconditionally Citations
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D-Day-Allied Forces Invasion of Normandy Beach

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D-Day-Allied Forces Invasion of Normandy Beach
The Normandy Battle or invasion happened during the Second World War in the summer
of 1944 between the Allied forces led by the United Stated and Britain and German forces that
were occupying Western Europe. Six decades later, the D-Day invasion or Operation Overload
remains the largest waterborne military offensive in history. The battle lasted for about three
months; from June to August 1944 and ended in the liberation of Western Europe; especially
France, from the Nazi Germany’s control (Rank, 2019). The battle started on sixth June 1944 or
the D-Day and involved over 150,000 troops from about 14 countries linked to the Allied Forces
that were led by General Dwight Eisenhower.
Days leading to the invasion
The events leading to the invasion included an ambitious and aggressive Nazi Germany
that had invaded and occupied France, cut off Britain, and was moving to full occupation of
Europe and establishing its rule. Germany retained its control of North Africa after helping its
Italian ally in 1941. The counteroffensive from Russia against the Germans in the Battles of
Stalingrad and Kursk meant that Hitler’s expansion in Eastern Europe was curtailed and he
instead focused on occupying Western Europe. Nazi Germany controlled most of Europe with
the exception of neutral territories like Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Portugal (History.Com
Editors, 2019). The Nazi economy was better than the British and Soviet’s economies making
Germany an economic occupying power in continental Europe. Therefore, the ambitious
Germany and Hitler expansion in Europe ...

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