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By Bernard C. Nalty, Russell A. Prichard

The D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944 were defined because the maximum amphibious operation within the historical past of war. the size was once majestic; 5,000 ships, including hundreds of thousands of lesser craft and subsidized via 11,000 plane. If the size of the army project was once heroic, so too was once its objective--nothing lower than the defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of Europe. during this dramatic account of occasions, army specialists from Britain, the U.S. and Germany describe the making plans, build-up and execution of the D-Day assault.

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It remained a purely hypothetical question as to whether the vast resources invested in the Atlantic Wall might not better serve the Luftwaffe and the Navy. Apart from the technical and organizational 46 feasibility of such a redirection of THE GERMAN DEFENCES must be remembered effort, it officers They still that Hitler and the majority of his senior persisted in the tradition of being exclusively a land power. thus developed a "fortress" mentality, out of which they seemed unable to escape. Clash of Responsibilities The defensive preparations in the west were considerably hindered by the complicated and intermingled areas of responsibility which prevailed there.

It was understandable and tolerable that the flying units still come under the command of the head of the When, on the other hand, paratroop units and Luftwaffe field — nominally part of the Luftwaffe — were withdrawn from the of Luftflotte 3 should Luftwaffe. divisions direct control of the C-in-C West, this naturally caused friction. A similar situation existed with the Naval security units and the The Army officer, and — mind a state of affairs fortress commandant in a port city was always an organized the defense with land operations in which often came into authorities such as the Command were coastal batteries.

While building up its own forces and supplies, 21st Army Group would rely on Leigh-Mallory's AEAF to port and harbor was vital. Germans reinforcing their line by attacking moving towards Normandy. The most important control the air and prevent the troops and transports factors restricting the choice to Normandy or the Pas de Calais was that both lay within fighter range of southern England, and that the sea lanes could be easily protected. In broad terms, Montgomery's "master plan" D-Day, holding enough depended on surviving territory to prevent his forces being pushed into the sea, winning the buildup batde, and so breaking out of the beachhead.

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