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D-Day June 6 1944 was the focal point of the greatest and most planned out invasion of all time The Allied invasion of France was long awaited and tactfully thought out Formonths the Allied forces of millions of soldiers trained in Britain waiting for the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces General Eisenhower to set a date June 5 1944 was to be the day with the H-hour at 0630 The vast power of an Allied Army 25 million strong lay coiled in England ready to spring across the channel into German occupied France Some of the more than 5000 strong armada of ships and small craft of the invasion fleet had already put to sea On that June morning screaming winds and a downpour of rain threatened to cancel the invasion General Eisenhower had to make a decision and make it soon He postponed the attack 24 hours and waited for the weather to clear If he was to cancel it one more time it would be another month before the tide and moonlight conditions would be once again favorable for both a Seaborne and Airborne attack Predictions by the staff meteorologist cautiously predicted clearing skies for the next day 6 June General Eisenhower conferred with his generals and admirals He then thought for a minute then stood up Okl he said lets go Aircraft bombed German installations and helped prepare the ground attack The ground forces landed and made their push inland Soon Operation Overlord was in full affect as the Allied Forces pushed the Germans back towards the Russian forces coming in from the east D-Day was the beginning and the key to the fight to take back Europe The thesis of this paper is that the Allied Invasion of Normandy was the beginning Operation Overlord was in no way a last minute operation thrown together Whenthe plan was finalized in the spring of 1944 the world started work on
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