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D-Day. By Greg Perez. Where to Strike. Planning for Operation Overlord took more than two years of planning. Allied forces decided to strike between the Cotentin Peninsula and the Orne River. The attack would stretch 50 miles on the beach.

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D-Day

By Greg Perez


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Where to Strike

  • Planning for Operation Overlord took more than two years of planning.

  • Allied forces decided to strike between the Cotentin Peninsula and the Orne River.

  • The attack would stretch 50 miles on the beach.

  • The U.S would take Utah and Omaha beaches. The British would take Sword and Juno beaches. The Canadians would take Gold beach.


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Atlantic Wall

  • Before the Allies can hit the beach, the Germans planted obstacles to tear up the bottoms of their boats.

  • The Allies knew if they were going to make it on to the beach they would have to wait for low tide.

  • Boats that were sinking would end up drowning soldiers who wore heavy gear before they ever hit the beach.


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Air Attacks

  • Allied forces knew that air power would be success in Operation Overlord.

  • Five months before the attack, the German Luftwaffe air division was destroyed.

  • A total of 2,262 German pilots were killed.

  • P 51 Mustangs would escort bombers to hit manufacturing departments and railways to Berlin and back.


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June 5th Paratroopers

  • Paratrooper’s mission was to delay German troops from arriving as back up on the beach.

  • 20,400 troops jumped that day.

  • Pilots took unnecessary precautions in order to avoid fire that soldiers missed the drop zone.

  • Soldiers ended up landing in marshes that were flooded and ended up drowning because of heavy gear.


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June 6, 1944

  • This was the date that Allied forces would attack the beaches of Normandy.

  • The morning before the attack, the ships opened fire on the coast on selected targets, but many of the shell missed leaving targets untouched.

  • Some boats were off course because of the tidal current.

  • This proved help to some Allied forces because there was less German fire there.


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Omaha Beach

  • The first wave landed on the beach at 6:30am.

  • Enemy resistance was strong bunkers that looked down from cliffs 170 ft high.

  • Most tanks that launched for the beach failed by either sinking or being blown up by a mine.

  • Of the few tanks that did make it ashore they provided good cover for boat just arriving.


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After the Battle

  • At the end of the day, on D-day, a total of 2,500 troops had died; a total of 10,000 deaths had been predicted.

  • D-day was considered a success.

  • The Allies slowly pushed towards Germany after the battle.


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