Operation Overlord Research Paper

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Operation Overlord Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy. It was the largest amphibious invasion in history. It was a successful allied operation that ignited the invasion of German occupied Western Europe during World War II. It began in the summer of June 6th 1944, with the Normandy landings known as D-Day. Operation Overlord played a key role in ending World War II and the outcome of it. Without the operation, Hitler may have come out victorious, and caused more destruction. Several events that occurred during the Operation Overlord affected the outcome of World War II. These include, a diversion, Germany being forced to fight a two front war, the weather, the beginning of the end of Hitler, and battle repercussions.…show more content…
Thousands of soldiers lives were saved by the operation code-named "Fortitude South". When the Allies started planning the "second front" they knew that landing on the side of the channel would be very hard. So while they planned to land in Normandy, they decided to try and trick the Germans into thinking that the main attack would be in the Pas-de-Calais instead. So, in 1943, a group worked to construct the illusion of a large invasion force. Hoax tanks and aircraft were built and left in realistic looking "camps". The harbours were occupied with mock boats. To German airplanes, it looked very realistic. Fake radio transmissions were broadcasted, to make it appear as if a huge army was busy being assembled. The hoax was a major success. The German army was concentrated in the Pas-de-Calais. Whilst the hoax was in action, the real attack plan called for invasion on five different Normandy beaches. Americans to the west in beaches code named Utah and Omaha, and British and Canadians on the east on beaches Gold, Juno and Sword. Over twenty-four hours 156,000 men landed across the 50-mile radius of the Normandy coastline. It began just after midnight on the 6th of June 1944. Hitler’s fortification known as the Atlantic Wall, (the largest wall in history stretching 12 miles and made of concrete and steel) that took four years to build, only took the allies one day to get

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