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Dylan Zeiders

on 17 April 2014

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Transcript of D-Day

The Beach
June 6, 1944

Built in the ground
They were made of concrete and were very thick
They were a protective place to be
Machine guns were placed in them to mow down the enemy
These were a very difficult thing to pass through for the troops coming up the beaches
People were burned out of the trenches with flamethrowers
The Boat
Leaving the Boats
The first wave included 96 tanks, special engineer task force, and 8 companies(1,450). The first wave suffered major loss. Most of the artillery sunk before making it to land or was blown up by the enemy. The artillery was also meant to use as cover for the invading troops. Without that most of the invading troops were killed or wounded before making it to the beach.

June 6th 1944 the Western Allies landed in Northern France ready to fight against Germany
They fought in Italy for 9 months
Drove the Germans from France and ultimately destroy the National Socialist
The U.S. assault phrase for Normandy was "Neptune”
Arrived on beaches before dawn
Three divisions of paratroopers two were American, one British were dropped on land before soldiers came
Soldiers of six divisions three American, two British and one Canadian stormed ashore in five main landing areas, named "Utah", "Omaha", "Gold", "Juno" and "Sword".
Soviets advanced from the east
Hitler was defeated and pushed back to his homeland
Before the Invasion
By 1943 success on the battlefield and production in the factories made it possible to begin formal planning for this bold operation,the largest amphibious invasion in history. The target date was spring 1944
In Berlin, Hitler understood that an invasion would come. Fortification of the coast of Northwest Europe was already underway. In 1943 its pace accelerated and more troops were posted in the west. The Germans expected the invasion in early 1944. They knew that it would determine the war's outcome. What they did not know was precisely when and where the Allies would strike.
Germany questioned there ability to take over western Europe
By 25 July, the Allies were strong enough to launch Operation COBRA
Allies went into Germany and destroyed the Nazi regime on May 7, 1945.
There were 10,000 Allied casualties
The total amount for German casualties was between 4,000 and 9,000 men

After the Invasion

The beaches were set up with the intention to keep the American boats from completely making it up the the beach. The Germans set up hedgehogs along the beach to keep the boats from riding the tide in to the beach. With the boats stuck out in the water the troops were launched in the water and they were easily shot down. The artillery was also stuck out on the water and most of the tanks sunk. That also was a reason for the mass casualties of the first wave because the tanks were suppose to supply cover and fire power.
The Bunkers
The men being taken to shore were packed into boats more fully than they should have been
They watched near by boats blown apart
They faced anti-tank weapons and constant machine gun fire
By Dylan Zeiders
Jared Hileman
Geoffrey Sosnowski
Gabe Graham
Paratroopers and bombers
Flame Thrower

Troops storming the beach
Machine Gunners
War Doctrine to storm beaches
On June 6, 1944, allied forces launched an attack on Normandy beach on the coast of France. This victory was needed to begin the Allies advance through Europe to win World War II.
This victory was a miracle because of terrible conditions and poor coordination by the bombers. The soldiers had to travel in boats to get to the shores where they met unexpected machine gun fire and resistance. The Nazis had bunkers built on the beaches to stop any advances past the beach. After the unlikely victory of the Allied Forces the fall of the Nazis holding on Europe soon ended and WWII was soon over.
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