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On June 6, 1944, the allies launched a surprise attack on the coastal French province of Normandy. The original date of the US invasion of Normandy was June 5, 1944, but bad weather caused Dwight Eisenhower to delay it to June 6th. There were five beaches that were attacked, Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword. The soldiers were taken across the English Channel on planes and boats, along with weapons and tanks. Prior to the attack, the Allies used Operation Fortitude, a plan to use falsely informed spies as well as well as radio transmissions to trick the Germans into believing that the majority of the attack would be centered on Pas de Calais. The Allies even made some fake troops and ships in that area to enforce their belief. They even dropped some fake paratroopers loaded with fireworks behind German lines to confuse them. When the boats arrived at the beaches, they found spiked barricades that stopped boats from getting too close to the land, which made the soldiers have to wade through water to get to the land, which inhibited their fighting. The most fighting took place on Omaha Beach in the Charlie sector. A lot of soldiers were killed as soon as the doors of their boats opened. The German defense comprised primarily of stationary machine guns, as well as artillery, shooting shells across the fields and down at the soldiers running onto the sand. Eventually, with their advantage from surprise, and some luck, the allies defeated the German troops defending the beach, and eventually took back that part of France for the allies. This was the turning point of WWII toward an allied victory. There were over 3, 000, 000 men, 5, 300 ships, and 12, 000 airplanes involved in D - Day. By the end of the day, the casualties amounted to around 10, 000 men.Pics:Turret and Larger BeachLarge Ship and Smaller Beach[Edited on 09.22.2008 2:35 PM PDT]
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