The Invasion of Normandy


The Invasion of Normandy, also known as D-Day occurred during World War 2.Screen_shot_2011-12-08_at_1.59.14_PM.png It was a battle between the Allied Nations and German forces occupying Europe. Lead by Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 6th, 1944 and involving nearly three million troops, all invading Normandy, France on five different beaches. In the summer of 1942, the planning for the operation had begun, but this was not the beginning. More than 300 planes dropped 3,000 bombs before the invasion had started. German commanders expected that there would be an attack, but were unaware of the location.The invasion was originally suppose to take place the day before, but was delayed due to weather conditions. 160,000 allied troops landed on French beaches to fight the German Nazi’s. 9,000 were either killed or wounded during the battle, and over 100,000 continued the invasion. It was the largest amphibious landing in military history. In the end the battle had succeeded its objective. If the invasion had not occurred there could have been a complete possession of Western and Northern Europe by the Soviet forces.

Dwight's Words of Wisdom:

"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to
embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people
everywhere march with you."

Allied Nations:

Australia, Canada, Belgium, France, Czechoslovakia, Greece, New Zealand, theScreen_shot_2011-12-19_at_10.34.46_AM.png
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Beaches:

Utah, Omaha, Gold, Sword, and Juno.

Cited:

"D-Day, the Battle of Normandy." United States American History. Robert F Figuero, 10 July 2009. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. <http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1749.html>.

Found Dwight D. Eisenhower quote.

"D-Day Invasion at Normandy - All Empires." EMP. Barboussa, 13 Feb. 2004. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. <http://www.allempires.com/article/index.php?q=d-day>

Found the picture that fit with are page at this site.

"D-Day Landing Beaches. Sites of Interest. Normandy." Normandy Bed and Breakfast, Self Catering Gites in Normandy. Web. 16 Dec. 2011. <http://www.normandy-france.net/D-Day/D-day.htm>.

Found the picture that shows the location of the beaches.

"World War 2: The Invasion of Normandy (1944)." The History Guy: A Resource for History, Military History, Politics, and Biography. John F Hebert, 13 July 2005. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. <http://www.historyguy.com/normandy_links.html>

All of the sites had information that was important to the relevance of the Invasion of Normandy. Where an when it took place, who was involved, how many were
killed/wounded, and what was used to invade. The sites also gave an insight to what lead up to the Invasion and why it occurred in the first place.