D-day Interactive Web Quest – 18 Points

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D-Day Interactive Web Quest – 18 Points
With Allied forces closing in on Hitler from the South and the East, the next step was to invade France and attack Hitler’s forces from the West.
Click on this link to read an overview of D-Day


  1. What was the codename of the operation?

  1. Why was the success of the initial landing crucial?

Click this link to learn more about the D-Day landings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_d_day/index_embed.shtml

Launch the animation and note the timeline on the top.

  1. What was Germany’s “Atlantic Wall” and of what did it consist?

  1. Where did the Nazis set up most of their defenses?

  1. What did Allied airborne divisions do months before the invasion, and why?

  1. How many Allied troops land throughout the day?

Click this link to learn how the Allied forces deceived Hitler prior to D-Day:


  1. What cities were the three best options for where to begin the invasion of France? Why?

  1. What was the name of the plan of deception prior to D-Day?

  1. List some of the ways the Allied forces made Hitler believe the troops were landing at Pas de Calais:

Click this link to watch a short animation about the build up and events of D-Day: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_movies_dday/index_embed.shtml

  1. What was the date of the invasion?

  1. What were the codenames of the beaches where most American troops landed?

  1. What were the codenames of the beaches where most British and Canadian troops landed?

  1. When was Paris finally liberated?

Click this link to watch a short animation about the events of D-Day and the invasion of France: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/animations/wwtwo_map_overlord/index_embed.shtml

  1. Approximately how many servicemen were in southern England prior to the invasion?

  1. Why did Hitler keep the German armored reserves in Paris instead of sending them to Normandy?

  1. How difficult were the early battles after the Normandy landings?

  1. When Paris was finally liberated, how many weeks had the Allied troops been fighting and how many causalities had they suffered?

Click this link and listen to the first audio clip entitled “Hit by a bomb”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_audio_08.shtml

  1. How would you describe the experiences of James Hill?

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