D-Day: Operation Overlord from Its Planning to the by Bernard C. Nalty, Russell A. Prichard

By Bernard C. Nalty, Russell A. Prichard

The D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 were defined because the maximum amphibious operation within the background of conflict. the dimensions used to be majestic; 5,000 ships, including hundreds of thousands of lesser craft and sponsored via 11,000 plane. If the dimensions of the army project used to be heroic, so too was once its objective--nothing below the defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of Europe. during this dramatic account of occasions, army specialists from Britain, the USA and Germany describe the making plans, build-up and execution of the D-Day assault.

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Position to carry out which possessed an infrastructure (roads, railways, rivers, canals, workshops, Allied coun- by means of a percent of the population might undertake active 1 tance following Dieppe friendly, they at least succeeded, The Chief of General estimated that at "loyal" behavior relations with the populations of the occupied flexible measures, in bandit countries" same for the during Operation Juhilee excellent and depots). bombers together with the Resistance, however succeeded destroying much of this network by D-Day Thus at the in end of May thou- sands of supply trains were stuck in Belgium and eastern France, unable to proceed further westwards because of the shattered railway system.

1 (Inter-Allied) Commando under De Gaulle also Commandant Commando Phillippe de Vais- Sword Beach. provided 2nd French Armored Division (armed and seau Kieffer was transferred to No. 4 equipped by the Americans) Normandy, with the as part specific role of the to land at SHAEF of liberating forces intended for Paris. Its commander, Maj. Gen. Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, had escaped from a German prisoner of war camp in 1940 to join de Gaulle. Described as "a modern d'Artagnan," he was actually the Vicomte de Hautecloque, but had taken the name "Leclerc" to protect his family, As part of the D-Day still living in France.

What remained completely incomprehensible however was the confijsed network o responsibilities within the Army itself. Even there the C-in-C West was not assured of complete powers of command. His most potent weapon, the motorized divisions, were partly removed from his control, in that they formed part of the this fact which was Army High Command reserve. It was to have such dire consequences for the initial reaction to the landings. The 2nd Panzer precisely German Division for example was by no M THE GERMAN DEFENCES means untypical, when thrown in at the crucial point having to give an ear to four different of battle I formed part of Panzer Group West, it SS Panzer Corps, commander was still command for territorially it in Fifteenth assault, in tactically it belonged to the was under the control of the military Belgium and Northern France, and Army.

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