D-Day, the Normandy Landings

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“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full victory!” (Dwight D Eisenhower from "General
Eisenhower’s Message Sent Just Prior to the Invasion"). This was what you would’ve heard if you were an American soldier preparing for what would later be called D-Day. D-Day is argued to be one of the most ambitious plans of attack ever used; it was a plan that took a lot of preparation and forever changed the course of World War II. What would have happed had we not won this battle, luckily we’ll never find out, but many say that we wouldn’t be citizens of the same country as we are now.
The Normandy Landings were to be executed on five beaches in Normandy, these beaches were called Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword, and Utah; the entire operation of preplanning, the raid on the beaches, and the push inland was called, “Operation Overload” and was commanded by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Allies knew the Germans were expecting an attack somewhere in France and had heavily fortified its coast. In order to counter the Germans defenses the Allies used trickery to keep the Germans from knowing where the true invasion would actually take place. Some of the things the Allies did were use deceptive radio broadcasts, phony equipment, and even a fake army lead by George Patton going to Pas-de-Calais ("D-Day"). General Eisenhower chose June 5th for the invasion as a result of the clearing up of weather; unfortunately the weather was still bad on June 5th and delayed for 24 hours (...

... middle of paper ... than full victory!” And not just victory in that battle, but in the end, I would say that D-Day was the tuning point in the war, and kept Adolf Hitler from ever coming to power over the earth.

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