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One of the most pivotal battles of all time was the Invasion of Normandy or D-Day It took place on June 6 1944 The invasion force consisted of 11000 aircraft 6000 ships and 2 million soldiers sailors and airmen from 15 different countries It is said to be the most phenomenal armada ever assembled An American bomber pilot said We could see the battleships firing at the coast And literally you could have walked if you took big steps from one side of the Channel to the other There were that many ships out there Operation Overlord was the most difficult and complicated operation that has ever taken place-Winston Churchill The invasion began the morning of June 6 The first airborne drops were at approximately 1230 am Troops landed via parachute or glider After months of training and becoming familiar with maps of the area and designated drop zones it was all wasted in a few minutes Some of the planes that were dropping the troops took heavy anti-aircraft fire from the ground and while they were dodging bullets they were moving several miles out of the drop zones Some parachutists landed 20 miles out of their drop zones Some soldiers landed in the correct or almost right place They formed small squads and attacked the enemy wherever they could At 300 am an intense bombing raid began About 5000 artillery rounds and 10000 tons of bombs were dropped on the coastal areas However the raid was for the most part unsuccessful Pilots missed their targets due to fog and other conditions The majority of the bunkers on the coast which were a main target were missed At 630 am one of the most spectacular invasions in history took place Men landed at five different beaches given in code name Utah Sword Gold Juno and most notorious Omaha The men who landed and survived Omaha refer to it as Bloody Omaha As our boat touched
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