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D-Day and Normandy

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    The story of the struggle for Normandy is an appalling one; the battle was, in Erwin Rommel’s words, ‘one terrible bloodletting’. The operation which took place on 6 June 1944: D-Day – was the greatest combined amphibious assault the world has yet seen.

    The formation of a combined staff (COSSAC), under Lieutenant General Morgan, to plan Operation Overlord was ordered by Churchill and Roosevelt in January 1943 at the Casablanca Conference. The plan developed by COSSAC, as expanded, detailed and presented by General Montgomery, in April 1944, was for the Allies to land on five beaches along sixty miles of Normandy coast. The amphibious landings were to be preceded by the insertion of three airborne divisions on the flanks of the invasion area. The scale and depth of preparation required to break into Hitler’s vaunted Festung Europa (Fortress Europe) was of unprecedented proportions.

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