D-Day Inquiry Question

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World War II
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D-Day Inquiry Question

Normandy was chosen for landing because it had open beaches that were not as defended as other beaches.

D-Day is one of the most successful battles Canada has participated in, especially after the disasterous Dieppe. Making sure they don't make the same mistake, D-Day was carefully planned out and was kept a secret from the Germans.

D-DAY

Top secret D-Day message from General Eisenhower to General Marshall

The preparation of D-Day was specific to the smallest detail. Making sure the same mistake from Dieppe was not repeated, the Army, Navy, and Air Force were involved, giving D-Day some of the best soldiers. Weather and timing was a concern. Volunteer soldiers went out to the five beaches to make sure landing won't be rough and to set up the area before battle. German spies were caught and were sent back to give false information to their supervisors, making it easier to attack Normandy. The battle was well prepared and practiced beforehand.

How did they prepare for the battle and manage to keep it all a secret?

According to Sidney J. Montz's journal, the sea wall was about 600 yards away from the waist deep water, making it difficult to reach that wall without being hit by artillery fire. Once shallow water was reached, the soldiers could run normally without water slowing them down. Rehearsing this scene beforehand made the soldiers aware of what they will face.

Normandy was chosen for landing because it had open beaches that were not as defended as other beaches.


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