June 6, 1944

The invasion of Fortress Europe

“Operation Overlord”

Why did the Allies want/need to launch an invasion into France?

1) Italian front had stalled out.

2) Stalin begged for another front to be opened against the Nazis

3) Retake conquered Europe

What was required to make this attack a success?

1) 170,000 troops

2) 4,000 landing craft, 600 warships, 11,000 planes

3) Bombardment of shore defenses

4) Deception: Make the Germans believe you are attacking somewhere else.

- low tide vs. high tide

High Tide

Low Tide

Why did the Allies select Normandy as their point of attack?

1) They could mass troops in English Channel

2) Deception

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