occurred on June 6, 1944. The battle lasted till August 25 1944
when Paris was liberated by the Allied troops. The battle took place in Normandy, France, then advanced
upwards as the Allied troops began to take German occupied land which spread though Western Europe.
Allied countries involved were Austrailia, Belguim, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States. Germany was also involved... In a world war... who'd of thought...
D-day was actually chosen for the date of June 5th, but was postponed till the next day because of rough
D-day war efforts were under
the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, future president of the United States of America. He was a Republican. (Emma bashes fist into hand)
Their landing place was kept secret,
and the German's were not expecting the attack.
This was a well organized surprise
attack with no mistakes.
The Allies has 800 warships and 11
Eisenhower ordered the Allie troops
to enter the continent of Europe and undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces.
There were 175,000 assault troops,
5, 000 vessels of every type, 20, 000 vehicles and 11, 000 aircraft of the Allied troops invading.
Their objective was a 60 mile arc of
the beaches in Normandy.
During the night U.S. and British airborne forces went by parachutes and gliders to make protective shields at both
ends of the beach.
The forces at sea approached at dawn.
The Allies in ships, cruisers released firearm and bombs pounded the shore.
The first wave of assault troops went
on landing crafts that prepared to go to shore at . By , the water was crammed with human bodies.
At OmahaBeach almost all members of a 197 man company were killed or wounded within
ten minutes of landing on the beach.
The Allies swarmed ashore at 5 points.
The American troops landed at OmahaBeach, which is in the
centre, had bloodiest battle. After five days of fighting, 16 Allied troops occupied a strip of coast 80 miles long and in
some places 20 miles deep.
Canadian forces landed at JunoBeach and Caen; the British
troops landed at Pegasus bridge, Merville Battery, GoldBeach, SwordBeach, and Caen; the United
States landed at Sainte-Mere-Eglise,
Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc;
and French troops landed at Ouistreham and Resistance.
As D-day happened, Hitler was asleep.
None of his generals dared to order re-enforcement with out his permission and no one dared waking him. This caused crucial
hours to be lost on to holding onto Normandy.
By on D-day Allie forces were launching more men and even Omaha beach was being
At late afternoon on June 6th,
had finally gained a foothold in Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
The five beaches that the Allied troops
had landed at were secured by the end of the day.
The Canadian soldiers at Juno beach
suffered 50% losses, the second highest of the day.
The 3rd Canadian Division
had penetrated further into France then any other of the Allied forces.
The causalities for the Allied troops on D-day were 53,700 dead, 18,000 missing, 155,000
wounded. For the German troops it was 200,000 dead, wounded and missing as well as 200,000 captured.
The Allies won the battle, liberating France and Western Europe from the German army. This battle helped win the war against Hitler.