Invasion of Normandy

analytical Essay
2136 words
2136 words

Invasion of Normandy

Invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day or Operation Overlord, was a cross channel attack planned by the allies that took place over the English channel. Not only was D-Day the largest amphibious assault the world had seen, it was a critical point in World War II. (Locke, Alain, ed. Pg 203)

The Invasion of Normandy is when the allies decided that they must take an offense and invade Germany on their home land if Hitler was to be stopped. The allies put all of their power together, for failure was not an option. If the invasion was to fail it was quite likely that the United States would have to postpone their fight against Germany and turn their full attention to the war in the Pacific, leaving the fate of Europe to Britain and the Soviet Union. Chances are that by the time the United states returned to fight Germany, Hitler would have overrun the continent since all of Britain's resources had been drained, leaving the majority of the fighting to the Soviet Union.

Towards the end of November 1943, President Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met in Tehran for the first meeting about how to invade Germany. Roosevelt and the prime minister had already agreed that it would be best to launch a cross-channel attack, code named Overlord. President Roosevelt was in full favor of launching operation Overlord as soon as the weather permitted. With Stalin's agreement to join in, operation Overlord was set for May 1944, depending on the weather. (Anderson, Jervis. Pg 86)

American General Dwight D. Eisenhower was named supreme commander for the allies in Europe. British General, Sir Frederick Morgan, established a combined American-British headquarters known as COSSAC, for Chief of Staff to the Supreme...

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..., Steve Pg 53)eyes focused somewhere else while the main part of the war took place on five beaches. With the exception of Omaha beach, the rest were reasonably easy compared to past battles.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains how german intelligence never knew if it was the big invasion or just another little deception by the allies to throw them off.
  • Analyzes how the germans' focus changed from the balkans and norway to the pas de calais. enormous allied air superiority over northern france made it extremely difficult for rommel, who was in german command on the scene, to move his limited reserves.
  • Explains that d-day was the largest amphibious assault the world had seen and was a critical point in world war ii.
  • Explains that hitler was aware that the allies would eventually mount a cross-channel invasion, but he accepted that it could no longer be ignored.
  • Explains how the germans saw the air attack on normandy as nothing more than a raid or at best, it had to be defeated. the american 1st division at omaha beach fought with light opposition.
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