Battle of Normandy

analytical Essay
1572 words
1572 words

One of the most significant encounters of World War II was the Battle of Normandy (the first day of which is commonly referred to as D-Day). Nearly three million soldiers were deployed for the invasion. Those deployed consisted mainly of American and British soldiers, however Canadian, French, Polish, Belgian, and Czech forces were represented as well (Jensen). The battle was fought in an effort to gain European ground and to reduce the German potential for overrunning Russia (Lucas). The Battle of Normandy was significant in that it was the turning point of World War II, incurred heavy casualties on each side, and was the greatest amphibious landing in history (Cohen). The events leading up to the Battle of Normandy are perhaps just as important as the battle itself. The hold that Hitler had across Europe was one that had to be broken. The decision was made to invade Europe across the English Channel between May fifteenth and twenty-fifth 1943, when Winston Churchill (Britain’s wartime leader and Prime Minister) met with United States President Theodore Roosevelt at the Trident Conference in Washington D.C. (Newark 144). After this meeting, planning to invade began immediately and May 1944 was originally selected as the time for the attack. United States forces were then transported to Britain in order to begin intensive training (Newark 144). A campaign was created for the sole purpose of confusing German intelligence. This was called Operation Bodyguard and included the construction of dummy installations and shipping in addition to misinformation (Newark 144-145). Preparing to cross the wall that Hitler had erected across the Atlantic was a huge obstacle for invading forces to overcome. The wall stretched 2,600... ... middle of paper ... ...): 38-42. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Nov. 2011. Jensen, Elizabeth. "Remembering D-Day: Part 1 - The Allies Plan and Prepare for Invasion, Page 4 of 5 - Associated Content from Yahoo! -" Associated Content from Yahoo! - N.p., 21 May 2007. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. . "June 6, 1944: The Greatest Seaborne Invasion Ever." European (London, England). June 3-9 1994: Mag. Sec. 8. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 16 Nov 2011. Lucas, Susan. "Why We Remember D-Day." Welcome to The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 122. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2011. . Newark, Timothy. Turning the tide of war: 50 battles that changed the course of modern history. London: Hamlyn, 2001. Print.

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  • Explains that the battle of normandy was the turning point of world war ii, incurred heavy casualties on each side, and the greatest amphibious landing in history.
  • Explains that the events leading up to the battle of normandy are perhaps just as important as the battle itself.
  • Describes how the first u.s. paratroopers were dropped by an armada of c-47s behind german lines before dawn to seize bridges, disrupt communications, and prevent german soldiers from reinforcing the normandy beaches.
  • Describes the battle of normandy as the storming of the beaches along the cotentin peninsula.
  • Explains how the battle of normandy was a success for the allied troops, but the wreckage that permeated the beaches had to be cleared.
  • Analyzes how the success of d-day for allied forces had greatly lowered german morale and resources available to german soldiers to reinforce themselves.
  • Describes how the germans surrendered on august 21, 1944, ending the battle of normandy. hitler lost the war in europe less than a year after d-day.
  • Cites albrecht, brian, and jensen, elizabeth. "remembering d-day: part 1 - the allies plan and prepare for invasion."
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