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In midsummer 1943 a year before the Anglo- American invasion of Normandy Adolf Hitler still occupied all the territory he had gained He had a strong foothold in North Africa and was ready to take over the world if possible He controlled all of Europe except Spain Portugal Switzerland and Sweden Without intervention by the Us Hitler could count on prolonging his military reign for many years there was no one else who could match him Since 1942 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was pressing for the US to get involved but this was impossible The American army was still forming and the necessary equipment to cross the English Channel was not built yet Roosevelt appointed Dwight D Eisenhower to the Us Armys war plans division in December 1941 and commissioned or commanded him to design a plan for Allied victory Eisenhower proposed to invasions Roundup and Sledgehammer for 1943 but only Roundup was accepted by London It was postponed and at the last gathering of England the US and Russia they agreed to adopt ay 1944 as an unalterable date for invasion Alan Brooke Churchills staff for operation overload was for landing in Normandy between Caen and the Cotentin peninsula It consisted of three divisions with two brigades to be air dropped another eleven divisions were to be landed within the first two weeks through man made harbors that would be toed across the channel Once the troops had a foothold there 100 divisions the majority form the US were to be assembled in France for the great attack against Germany Hitler had known for quite sometime that the Allies were planning to mount an attack across the Channel but he downplayed all threats he heard But by November 1943 he could no longer ignore and threats and he announced that France would have to be reinforced He sent Field Marshall to watch over and inspect the beaches of France In January 1944 Montgomery was
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