Poor Leadership and Planning for D-Day

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Although Operation Overlord was a successful invasion, the leaders did a poor job in planning and losses were heavier than they needed to be. In the combining of strong American, British, and Canadian armies, the control of leadership became a problem at D-Day and affected the major decisions made for battles. One of the reasons for so many fatalities of Americans during D-Day was due to the lack of preparations and planning while using new boats and tanks in the treacherous waters. Another problem occurred during the use of the airplane bombings, and the affects that it has on the rest of the battle. 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. The battle was considered successful overall because of the completion of the objective; obtaining a foothold in the massive German dominance of Europe.
A relevant problem through the entire World War II was the unity of the Allied powers. Each of the leaders; Eisenhower, Montgomery, and Bradley, had different ideas on the attack of D-Day. When they combined them, they created a mess of a battle...

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...ver a period of over two years and although the obtaining of a foothold in Germany was necessary, the leaders could have taken many more precautions to save many American lives. Operation Overlord illustrates bad planning through the conflicts of the leadership control, through lack of preparation for treacherous tides, and the unsuccessful aerial attacks.

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