"D" in d-day



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D-Day

“D” in D-Day
The D in D-Day stands for day. It marks the commencement of an important military event. When there are certain days before an event -For example: five days before the event- the days will be written like : D-5. The same goes for the days after the event. D+5 stands for 5 days after the event takes place.

What was D-Day?

  • D-Day was the most amphibious military operation in history.

  • It was Military operation that was constructed in Britain and formed an invasion force in secret that consisted of American, British, and Canadian soldiers.

  • The operation was named “Overlord”

  • It aimed to split Germany on 2 fronts, ally invasion forces on the west and Soviet Union on the right.

  • Liberating European countries under German control was essential for winning the war.

June 5th,1944:

  • General Dwight Eisenhower gave the go ahead for operation “Overlord” on the night of June 5, 1944.

  • 6,000 ships, aircraft, and other vessels crossed the English Channel and headed towards france.

  • 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide cover for the invasion forces.



June 6th, 1944: Invasion Day

  • Ground invasion began at 6:30 a.m

  • Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy

  • Canadian and British troops were assigned the beaches of: Sword, Juno, and Gold(all were captured with light opposition)

  • American troops were assigned: Utah(captured with light opposition), Omaha(troops faced heavy resistance due to Omaha’s hilly terrain, troops suffered 2,000 casualties)

  • A foothold was established at the end of the day.

  • 156,000 Allies stormed the beaches

End of the battle of Normandy

  • In less than a week the allies secured the beaches

  • Over 326,000 troops, 50,000 vehicles, and over 100,000 tons of equipment came ashore in Normandy.

  • Allies fought their way through Normandy’s countryside.

  • By the end of August of 1944, Paris and Northwestern France were liberated from the Germans ending the battle of Normandy.

Significance

  • Helped shorten the length of the war. The invasion allowed the allies to move in directly into France.

  • Prevented Adolf Hitler from developing his modern “weapon of terror” called the “V2”





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