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For the time leading up to the invasion a lot of people were getting excited because they were thinking this invasion would lead to the end of World War II This invasion was known as Operation Overlord but became to be known as D-Day Nobody expected what actually happened on the beaches of Normandy France on June 6 1944 The people expected an invasion that wouldnt take many casualties and resulting in the momentum swinging to the side of the allies On D-Day alone there was estimated 10000 casualties This really shocked all family and friends of the allies that either died were wounded missing or captured All of this has affected the people of today Before the invasion the US and Great Britain built up their land naval and air forces to prepare for Operation Overlord The Allied forces planes had bombed railroads photographed the enemys defenses dropped supplies to the allies and attacked Germanys industries The Allied forces navies were controlling the English Channel and escorting convoys Operation Overlord involved more than 150000 men and 5000 ships from the American British Canadian Polish and Free French armies under General Dwight D Eisenhowers command The invasion of Normandy was scheduled for sometime in May of 1944 but difficulties in assembling postponed the invasion for June June 5 became the real day they were going to invade Normandy but as all the troops began to get ready bad weather came resulting in a postponement for the next day June 6 At dawn battleships opened fire on the beaches At 630 in the morning American British and Canadian troops set out for Normandy in their ships The British and Canadians landed on Gold Juno and Sword beaches and easily defeated the Germans The Americans also had an easy time defeating the Germans at Utah beach but had no such luck at Omaha beach where Germany set up the most amount of their troops
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