Allies had learned to decipher the encrypted messages sent between the German

Allies had learned to decipher the encrypted messages

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Allies had learned to decipher the encrypted messages sent between the German military and intelligence (The National WWII Museum). Germany was led to believe that an invasion would occur at Pas- De-Calais, the narrowest point between England and France (The Longest Day: D- Day - The Invasion of Normandy). Training the troops to be involved in the invasion was a huge task. One million five hundred thousand American troops, as well as other Allied troops, were deployed to England for intense training prior to the invasion (The Longest Day: D-Day - The Invasion of Normandy). Soldiers, sailors, as well as airmen were trained. Training included time at the firing range, physical conditioning, and learning about different landing craft, as well as assault exercises at various beaches, crawling under barbed wire while live ammunition was fired over their heads. Also, soldiers, who were engineers, learned to demolish obstacles and blow up mines while army rangers practiced scaling cliffs and paratroopers completed day and night jumps and survived three-day stringent marches (The National WWII Museum). Ships and planes were used to transport the men to Normandy and the other beaches. Approximately two million men, soldiers and sailors, and one half million vehicles had arrived in southern England by boat, train, foot, or bus from bases all over England in early May 1944 to assemble for the invasion (The National WWII Museum). General Eisenhower postponed the initial invasion of Normandy for twenty- four hours because the weather was too 2
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Waters dangerous. When he was given the green light by his meteorologist, he issued the order to proceed (D-Day June 6, 1944). The D-Day invasion was the largest amphibious assault in history (D-Day June 6, 1944). On D-Day, 155,000 soldiers would arrive by air and sea with another 195,700 men on 6939 ships and 11.590 planes which flew 14,674 sorties (D-Day June 6, 1944). The assault began at midnight when “pathfinders from all three divisions and the first glider troops all landed in France, followed one hour later by the main paratrooper landings” (D-Day June 6, 1944). In the initial attack, 9,000 Allied soldiers died or were wounded and more than
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  • Spring '16
  • Megan Stone
  • History, D-Day, World War II, Normandy Landings, Invasion of Normandy, National WWII Museum

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