D-Day: The Beginning of the End The first day of the Battle of Normandy June 6th, 1944 By: Lily Ayau Period. 1
Thesis StatementD-Day was the beginning of the end of the war in Europe, and the foundation it set for the two month battle to come was a pivotal point in the war’s history
-On June 6th, 1944, thousands of young soldiers landed on five beaches along the coastline of German- occupied France.-With the code name “OperationOverload”, one Canadiandivision, two British divisions,and three U.S divisions weresent into battle that day
-Over 13,000 paratroopers flew -In addition to the airbornebehind German lines on the morning assault, troops landed atof D-Day, and assisted with the Utah Beach, Omahainvasion of Utah Beach Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach. Paratroopers encountered obstacles like bad weather and disorganization during their mission on D-Day
-The invasion at Omaha Beach wasarguably the most difficult. The terrainallowed German soldiers to shoot downunprotected troops by thedozens, while still being hidden fromthe warships.-In addition to the geography, the Allieswere unaware of the kind of oppositionthey’d be facing, believing that the352nd division was no less than 20miles away from the shore. By week’s end, the Allies had secured 50 miles of French coastline. Over the coming months, the Allies would liberate Northern France, and by spring 1945, they would end the war in Europe.
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