Normandy Landings (WWII)

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Normandy Landings (WWII)

Post  HelenaD on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:12 pm

D-day

This term is known to be the day a military attack is initiated. The most important or famous D-day was on the 6th of June, 1944 as the landings of Normandy (Bataille de Normandy). Europe was occupied by the Nazi party. On this date, the Allies crowded and tried combating on the shore of Normandy in order to get their land back.

There were two main parts of the landing: The first one was the airborne assault, sending 24,000 British, American and Canadian troops. It was a surprise landing due to the weather and the beforehand plans of informing Hitler the attacks would occur in Pas De Calais. The second one was the amphibious landings in the coast of France, of Allied military divisions with ships.

The assault was commanded by the U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower. He launched amphibious ships and battle ships to cross the English Channel to arrive to the beaches at 6:30 before dawn. There were five main landing areas, where soldiers of six divisions stormed on; three American, two British and one Canadian.

The German’s counter-attacks were very strong and the soldiers from the Western Allies died in thousands, as well as many were mutilated. The Nazis used high technology tanks, powerful machine guns and grenades to counter-attack. Although there was a shortage of artillery ammunition, at no time were the Allies critically short of any necessity. Few men survived but the attack was successful and the Allies made their way through anyways, defeating the Germans. The soldiers fought in harsh conditions and the survivors were left with forever painful memories of this combat.

Q:Do you know why this battle is one of the most famous in WWII? If no, do some research to answer this question.

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Post  AnaMartinez on Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:47 pm

Q:Do you know why this battle is one of the most famous in WWII? If no, do some research to answer this question.

D-Day was one of the most important events in history. It was a turning point during this time. It was a role in history that could have gone down two roads. The outcome of D-Day was the early end to the war in Europe, and if D-Day had failed then it would have taken years and the course of history of which we know of today would have been completely replaced. D-Day was the beginning of the end.
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