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The invasion of Normandy by the allied forces would not have been a success without the courageous fighting and essential sabotage of the ground troops such as Adelchi Pilutti. World War II had been raging for five long years. The allied forces had begun pushing a brutal offensive against the axis power in North Africa, but General Eisenhower, general of the allied armies, knew this was not enough to stop the axis beast. He knew they would have to begin an offensive movement on Hitler’s famous Second Front, Normandy, France(Snyder 58-59). Eisenhower’s plan was to drop men from planes behind the beach front to disable communication, bridges, and any other points of interest(Snyder 58-59).
Alexander A Vandegrift stated that there were “a hundred reasons why this operation could have failed.” Firstly, Due to the priority going to American forces in Europe and the Middle East, troops in the Pacific would be forced to operate under extremely tight budgets. (Steinberg 22) Americans also learned that the majority of Japanese soldiers would die in battle before they... ... middle of paper ... ...ht as the Americans. Works Cited "The Battle of Guadalcanal." History Learning Site. History Learning Site, 2000.
The execution of Operation Overlord demonstrates poor planning through the struggles of the leadership control, through lack of preparation for the tides of the seas, and the allied forces’ poorly planned aerial attacks. D-Day was the execution of Operation Overlord, and was structured off of Montgomery’s master plan. This plan by General Montgomery was the storming of the Allies along the beaches at Normandy, France through the division of the five beach locations codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. The Americans raided the Utah and Omaha beaches, while the Gold, Juno, and Sword were taken care of by the British, Canadians, and Free French. These invasions were a mix of Arial bombings and amphibious raiding of tanks and soldiers.
For months, allied spies and intelligence sought to leverage the knowledge gained through the invasion of Sicily and against weaknesses in the German defense of France. General Eisenhower knew that an attack on the coast would not be sufficient to invade because Germany had reserve troops and escape routes. The 101st Airborne division’s task was to seize four causeway exits because it was expected that VII Corps would have difficulty moving inland. The 101st and the 82nd were to jump in 5 hours before the landings on Omaha and Utah beach. The Pathfinders mission was crafted thr... ... middle of paper ... ... a half hour was nothing short of astonishing.
The defective part about having an open secret was that the American force found out where and what the British were planning on doing. Since the Americans found out what they were planning, the American colonel, William Prescott, led 1,200 men to Bunker Hill on the night of June 16. After arriving at Bunker Hill, which is the higher of the two hills, the commanders decided to move across Bunker Hill and go towards Breed’s Hill. Breed’s Hill was closer to the river that was surrounding the peninsula. The American force figured that if they were not so high up, they could command the town better and have a better chance of attacking the British when they first arrived.