D-day and Liberation- Canadians Land on "Juno"

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D-day and Liberation- Canadians Land on "Juno"

  1. 1. D-Day and Liberation
  2. 2. D-Day• June 6, 1944- “D-day”“Operation Overlord” launched – Invasion of Europe well planned and rehearsed• Five landing points along Normandy’s beaches1) Sword2) Juno3) Gold4) Omaha5) Utah
  3. 3. Canadians land at Juno
  4. 4. D-Day• First- massive air attacks• Second- paratroopers behind German lines• Third- Amphibious landing
  5. 5. D-dayTWO ADVANTAGES:1) Massive air and naval support – Land more than 1 million troops in 2-3 weeks2) Attack details kept secret – Stormy weather, meteorologist predicted that Allies would not attempt
  6. 6. D-day• Weeks of constant fighting to get inland• 11 month advance through France and Belgium, towards Germany• Exhausting, brutal, dangerousBUT- rewarding when liberating
  7. 7. Canada Liberates Netherlands- April 1945Canadians given the task of liberating the Netherlands• Dutch food and fuel supplieshad beencut-off – Starving people eating bulbs and horse meat – Canadian food drops• German troops in the Netherlands were surrounded by May 4• 6,300 Canadians killed in liberation
  8. 8. Final Days• Allies invade Germany from west• Soviet Union attacked from eastGermany surrendered May 7, 1945Hitler and hispartnerEva Braun committed suicide in Berlin bunker.

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