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The Tide Turns in WWII. June 1944 – May 1945. The Allied success in Rome was followed by the biggest Allied invasion of the war June 6, 1944 – “ D-Day ” – codenamed Operation Overlord , was launched – a full scale invasion of the European continent

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the tide turns in wwii

The Tide Turns in WWII

June 1944 – May 1945

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The Allied success in Rome was followed by the biggest Allied invasion of the war
  • June 6, 1944 – “D-Day” – codenamed Operation Overlord, was launched – a full scale invasion of the European continent
  • 5 landing beaches along an 80 km stretch of beach on the Normandy coast (N. France)
    • Sword / Gold (GB)
    • Omaha / Utah (US
    • Juno (Cdn)
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The Allied troops had 2 advantages:
    • 1) massive air and naval support (+1 million troops)
    • 2) unlike Dieppe, the attack had been kept secret – German meteorologists had decided the Allies would not attempt a landing in bad weather!
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After weeks of fighting, the Allies moved inland…and then began their 11 month advance through France and Belgium and towards Germany
  • In March 1945, the Americans and British attacked Germany from the West and the Soviets attacked from the East
  • The Canadians were given a separate task – the liberation of the Netherlands
    • By May, the Germans were surrounded
    • The Canadians made air drops of food and supplies
  • Germany surrendered to the Allies May 7, 1945
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