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d-day In 1943 General Dwight D Eisenhower was given supreme command over the planned invasion by Allied forces into German held France The code name given to the plan was Operation Overlord and the invasion began about 1215 AM on June 6 1944 This day would be forever remembered as D-Day Getting to it though had been a long hard road for all who traveled it There had been much discussion as to where the invasionary forces should land Pas de Calais and Normandy were the two possible choices but since Calais was the heavier fortified of the two Normandy became the final destination In so choosing Normandy the objective became seizing the city Cherbourg and to continue until seizing Nantes German Fortifications were not the only factor that had to be considered for the invasion The English Channel was often rough and such things as tides winds and even the moonlight had to be taken into account Since it was an amphibious landing special types of crafts and equipment had to be designed and built Just after midnight on June 6th 23500 American and British paratroopers and gliders landed behind the German coastal emplacements In all 1200 transport planes and 700 gliders would be used A little after daybreak on the same day 4000 transports 800 warships and an unknown number of smaller boats arrived at the beaches of Normandy with the troops of the US 1st Army and British 2nd Arm The commander for this landing would be Field Marshal BL Montgomery Sword Beach was the eastern most landing site It was the defended by the Merville Battery and the expected casualties were eighty-four percent The 22nd Dragoon Guards were a Scottish Unit and the first to land Supported by five mine sweeping tanks and the 1st Special Service Brigade they wore green berets because to them helmets we not manly Commanded by Simon Lovat the troops advanced to the sound of bagpipes
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