What Was the Significance of D-Day to the Outcome of World War 2?

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What was the significance of D-Day to the outcome of World War 2? D-Day happened on 6th June 1944 after five years of war with Germany. D-Day was an invasion towards Germany by a massive military force that set out from England towards France. It was going to take over Nazi Germany and Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler because the Nazi’s had nearly taken over the whole of Europe which wouldn’t have happened if appeasement didn’t occur. The allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy and started to break through the German army’s defences. They began an attack that lasted for eleven months which took them all the way to the German capital Berlin, to the bunker that was Adolf Hitler’s headquarters. In April 1943 the British General Fredrick Morgan was selected the chief of staff to the supreme allied commander (CASSAC) for the D-Day invasion. He was to draw up blueprints of the attack, Morgan finalized the planning in July 1943 and he had considered both the Pas de Calais and Caen as possible landings areas but although Pas de Calais was closer to southern England it was also heavily defended which is why he opted for Caen as the landing place. Surprise was crucial, not just to allow the troops to get ashore but also to prevent the Germans from sending significant reinforcements quickly from elsewhere. Britain wanted to trick the Germans into believing that the landings would be in Pas de Calais because the Germans also feared an allied invasion of Norway so they retained a large number of troops there. The Germans had their troops spread out around the coastline which meant a good chance of Britain reaching Hitler’s headquarters. Morgan’s plans were approved at a conference in Quebec one 17th August 1943 but it wasn’t until the start of December 1934 that Eisenhower (President of the United Sates from 1953 until 1961) was made supreme allied commander in Europe for the invasion which was codenamed “Operation Overload”, two weeks later the attack began. The...
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