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D-Day and the defeat of Germany


D-Day and defeat of Germany.





D-Day was VERY carefully planned - including building wooden tanks at Dover to fool the Nazis into thinking that the invasion would be at Calais.

A MASSIVE invasion was launched on 6 June 1944, and made good progress - except at Omaha beach, where things went wrong for the Americans.

After that, the Allies gradually forced the Nazis back and into Germany, while the Russians attacked from the east.



1.  The D-Day invasion was called ‘Operation Overlord’ and was led by the American General Ike Eisenhower.

2 . It involved 6,000 ships, 11,000 planes and nearly half a million men .

3.  Disaster at Omaha - the Nazis had just moved in their crack 352nd Division and were well dug in on the cliffs = 3,000 casualties.


TOP TRICK: remind yourself of scenes from The Longest Day or the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan? – you can use the details as 'for example, some...' facts in your answers.





Revision Focus

This is a Paper 1- World War Two  topic, so think about how you will USE the information to answer sourcework questions.  

You will need:

1.  A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING of 'what was going on', so you can make intelligent comments on the purpose of the sources.

2.  Some FACTUAL KNOWLEDGE so you can assess the factual accuracy of the sources.


This paper is ALL sourcework questions, so make sure you know how to do them.


NOTE PARTICULARLY that there is no choice of questions on this topic - so...





More key facts on the Revision Sheet.  



Watch an American newsreel



To find out more, read the e-book page on D-Day.