D-Day: The Turning Point Of WWII

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John R. Zanikos Mr. McKibban/Mr. Canfield English III 05 May 2014 D-Day, The Turning Point of WWII The Allied invasion at Normandy was one of the most powerful invasions in history. After WWII began, Germany invaded and occupied northwestern France beginning in May 1940. The Americans entered the war in 1941 and by 1942 they and the British were considering the possibility of a major Allied invasion across the English channel. Before the invasion, air and sea components played major roles. Five thousand ships and landing craft were used along with fifty thousand vehicles and eleven thousand planes went to fight. Planning for the operation began in the summer of 1942. The D in D-Day stands for day since the date of the final invasion was unknown. From January 1942 to June 1944, the United States shipped 17 million tons of cargo to the United Kingdom. Detailed planning for D-Day started in 1943 after the meeting in Tehran between the allied leaders Winston Churchill, F D Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. By late 1943, significant forces and material had been gathered in Britain. The naval component of the operation was code named Operation Neptune during World War II. There were large numbers of warships and landing craft. In all, Britain, Canada and the United States, as well as the navies in exile of France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland And Greece supplied 1,213 warships for the invasion. The term D-Day was used for the day of the actual landing. The attack in Normandy on June 6 1944 was the start of Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord was the code name given to the whole invasion of North West Europe. Operation Neptune which was the main part of the attack lasted from June 6 to June 30, 1944. In the month... ... middle of paper ... ...s. These numbers represent the total killed, wounded , missing or captured. The United States, 6,603, Britain, 2,700, Canada, 1,074 and Germany between 4,000 and 9,000. Without the surprise invasion of Operation Overlord, the turning point in WWII would not have happened. Russia would have most likely fell and allowed the Germans to take over the country. If not for the invasion at Normandy, Germany could have occupied most of Europe but now they had to fight a war on two fronts. The world would have been a very different place than what we know it as today. WWII solidified the United States as one of the world’s super powers for years to come. After the war, the economy boomed in the United States. It recovered from the Great Depression and the stock market crash of 1929. This makes the invasion at Normandy one of the most powerful invasions in history.

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