D-Day, Operation Overlord

By: Trevor Hicks, Diana Delgado, Madeline Finken


Operation Overlord was the codename for the invasion of Normandy. It consisted of American, British, and Canadian landing on the beaches of Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword, and Juno.


Cause: General Eisenhower and Winston Churchill met in England to discuss the invasion of Western Europe. They agreed on an invasion of the 5 beaches and to use an all out invasion of paratroopers and amphibious boats that would land nearly 160,000 troops

Characteristics: Operation Overlord required the type of logistical issues that no army ever had to cope with. Overlord itself required the involvement of many men -- both in Britain and in France.

In the eastern zone, the British and Canadians landed on Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches. The Americans landed on two beaches in the west--Utah and Omaha. As the Allies came ashore, they took the first bloody and painful steps on the final road to victory in Europe.

Significance: It was the turning point of World War II and it marked the start of the Allies' invasion of Western Europe and paved the way for V-E Day. D-day is the day in which allied forces landed on the coast of France (Normandy) to begin the liberation of France. It was an eventual defeat of the German war machine, resulting in the end of World War II in Europe.

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Saving Private Ryan - Omaha Beach Scene

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