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D-day Normandy Invasion


T

he invasion of Normandy came as the long-awaited Second-Front, anticipated by Russia and feared by Hitler. “Operation Overlord” commenced on June 6, 1944, D-Day. General Eisenhower led an amphibious cross-channel landing, while paratroopers supported the beaches from inland. American and British troops pushed forward into France, overcoming Nazi defenses despite a lack of supplies, bad weather, and high casualties. The day of June 6, 1944, proved a pivotal point in the Allied victory in Europe and the overall Allied triumph in World War II.

Other: U.S. invasion of North Africa begins
8 Nov 1942
Other: Allies enter Rome
5 Jun 1944
Other: Germans expelled from Tunisia
7 May 1943
Other: Allies invade Sicily and Italy
9 Jul 1943
Other: Teheran Conference
28 Nov 1943
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: France
12,200 civilian dead or missing
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: United States
29,000 killed, 106,000 wounded or missing
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: Canada
5,000 killed, 13,000 wounded or missing
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: Germany
30,000 killed, 80,000 wounded, 210,000 missing
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: Great Britain
11,000 killed, 54,000 wounded or missing
Battle Casualties from June to September, 1944: Total
550,200
Event
Normandy Invasion
Also Known As
D-day, Operation Neptune, Operation Overlord
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 6th Airborne Division
Dropped on east bank of the Orne River
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 4th and 1st Infantry Divisions
Land on Utah and Omaha beaches
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
land on Juno beach
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 50th British Infantry Division
due to land on Gold Beach
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions
Night drop on the Cotentin Peninsula behind Utah beach;
Main Military Divisions--American unless specified: 3rd British Infantry
Landing over Sword beach
Invasion Force: 4,000
Ships
Invasion Force: Nearly 3 million
Soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors
Invasion Force: 11,000
Planes
Other: Landing Areas
Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches
Other: Verdun, Dieppe, Artois, and Rouen liberated
1 Sep 1944
Other: U.S. troops liberate Cherbourg
27 Jun 1944
Other: Liberation of Paris
25 Aug 1944
Other: Antwerp and Brussels liberated by Allies
4 Sep 1944
Other: Liberated by Allies
Normandy, France
Other: U.S. troops break out west of St. Lô
July 25, 1944--July 30, 1944
Other: D-Day
6 Jun 1944
D-day Casualty Estimates, Allies: Total
10,000 casualties, 2,500 dead
D-day Casualty Estimates, Allies: Great Britain
2,700 casualties
D-day Casualty Estimates, Allies: Canada
946 casualties
D-day Casualty Estimates, Allies: United States
6,603 casualties
Other: Liberated by Allies
Abbeville, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Paris, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Cherbourg, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Verdun, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Dieppe, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Artois, France
Other: Battle of the Bulge begins in Ardennes forest
16 Dec 1944
Other: Liberated by Allies
Rouen, France
Other: Liberated by Allies
Brussels, Belgium
Other: Liberated by Allies
Antwerp, Belgium
Other: Liberated by Allies
St. Lô, France

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Conflict Period
World War II

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Supreme Commander of Allied Forces
Arthur Tedder
Deputy Commander of Allied Forces
Carl Spaatz
led the U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe
Arthur Harris
led the Royal Air Force Bomber Command
Bernard Law Montgomery
led both American and British Army forces, the 21st Army Group
Bertram Ramsay
led the ANXF, Allied Naval Expeditionary Force
Trafford Leigh-Mallory
led the AEAF, Allied Expeditionary Air Force

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Created: 25 Nov 2008

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