OPERATION OVERLORD

By: Greg Schabert

About D Day

On the morning of June 6th, 1944 over 160,000 ally troops, 5,000 ships, and 13,000 aircraft's made an invasion on over 50 miles of beach in Normandy France. The invasion was called D Day or operation overlord. D day was (and still is) the largest attack of a nation/ group of nations at a single place. Over 9,000 allied troops lost their lives in the siege, but their efforts contributed to demise of Hitlers Nazi party and thus led to the end of the war.

The planning for D Day had begun two and a half years before June 6th, 1944 when the Russians started pleading for some support since their life loss was increasing. General D. Eisenhower was the main man in charge of trying to piece together a plan. Then general Eisenhower started pressuring the British for an attack on the west front. The problem is that the Allies wanted to prevent the Axis powers from knowing were or when the attack would happen so they needed to make a hoax attack. The plan for the attack was to start with ally paratroopers dropping in under moonlight. Their mission was to take control of railroads and roads coming into the beaches. The rest of the army was to arrive in the morning and attack on 5 separate beaches. The mission was intended to happen in early April, but they army didn't have enough ships to justify the mission. So the mission date was rescheduled to be on June 5th, but stormy weather had caused them to put it off for another day.

The plan

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The effect of D Day on on the rest of world war 2

In the end the invasion allowed the allies to break through the Germans defense and take down the Nazi party. It also allowed the Russians to build up their east front and prevented the Germans from taking over the larges country in the world. By the end of the month the allies had made their way up the peninsula and were still gaining land, and soon after June was done most roads going into Paris from the west the Ally owned.