‘Operation Overlord’ was led by the American General Ike
Some men at Dover (+ wooden
tanks) AND a Spanish double agent convinced the Nazis that the main
invasion was at Calais, and that the Normandy attack was just a diversion.
3 am, 6 June 1944: 6,000 ships/
200,000 seamen/ 185,000 soldiers/ 20,000 vehicles/ 20,000 men dropped by
parachute or landed in gliders behind enemy lines/ 11,000 planes/ 7
battleships, 23 cruisers and 105 destroyers.
British and Canadians at Gold,
Juno, Sword (4500 casualties but captured a large area). Americans at
Utah (only 210 casualties) and Omaha.
5. Disaster at Omaha -
B17 bombers overshot/ Nazi defences
dug into the cliffs/ the Nazis had just moved in their crack 352nd
Division/ powerful tide sank many landing craft = 3,000 casualties.