The Influence Of The On D-Day Invasion

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Since the successful invasions of 1942 to 1943 in North Africa and Italy, the Allies had been pressured to open up a new front in northwest Europe. On June 6, 1944, American General Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall led a great marine assault against the Germans in Normandy. The goal of this offensive was to gain control over France, which had been taken over and occupied by Nazi Germany. This operation was to be known as Operation Overlord. The Americans also had to keep the invasion a secret from their enemies. They used many tactics to divert the Germans’ attention from the actual plan. They developed many misleading operations, created fake armies, tanks, and trucks; sent false spy reports; and broadcasted fictitious radio messages. This led Hitler to believe the real attack would occur at Pas de Calais. Before the invasion, Allied forces bombed the area and dropped rubber paratroopers to confuse the German commanders. In addition, they dropped tons of aluminum strips into the air to mislead the Germans into thinking that Allied forces were heading their way. These tactics were effective for their purposes, and led to the success of…show more content…
Their main objectives were to secure the borders of the landing zones and take over strategic locations that would aid in the seaborn approach. To attack Pegasus bridge, Major John Howard and his forces flew gliders with little navigational aid in the night. This offensive proved successful and the Allies quickly overpowered the Germans. The Allies ran into some difficulties because of the heavy aircraft fire; planes went off-course and were forced to drop soldiers far from the intended site. The Allies also suffered huge casualties however the Allies were able to improvise with the little weaponry they had and take the gun batteries, ensuring that Sword Beach was free from German
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