World War II

1939-1945

The Normandy Landings

The Battle of Normandy took place on 06.30am on June 6th 1944 and also referred to as The D-Day Landings.

 

The Military operation was code names "Neptune" and was the very first part of the military assault on Normandy and came in the form of airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and  French airborne troops into German occupied France.

 

 

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Armoured Allied infantry attacked the Beaches of Normandy in the early hours of the following morning.

 

The D-Day landings code names were Juno, Gold,Omaha Utah and Sword.

 

The Mission was planed as a surprise attack several months before hand by the British and Allied forces.

 

The Battle of Normandy is regarded as the largest amphibious invasion in history with over 160,000 Allied troops invading over 50 miles of the coastal stretch of  German Occupied Normandy.

 

The Operation was code named  "Bodyguard" and set out to leading the Germans into Deception during the build up for the assault on Normandy

 

The general  idea was to mislead the Germans into the exact time and location of the attack .

 

The British strategy of deception finally played a major part in the final outcome of World War Two.

 

The Normandy Attack caught the German defences completely unaware with Hitler defences very thin on the ground trying to defend the whole of Europe at the time.

 

It has been estimated that British forces suffered in the region of 11,000 casualties and 54,000 wounded or missing during the invasion of Normandy.

 

 

 

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