D-day 2

Two years of planning and preparation led up to the Allied Landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944 (pg. 3). British and American staffs had to work out every foreseeable detail for an undertaking that would involve the major military resources of the two Allied powers; immense stocks of shipping, aircraft, and supplies were assembled in the British Isles in an effort that taxed the war industries of both countries; before D-Day the Allied forces had carried out several months of bombing operations which were an integral part of the invasion itself.
The first decisions were strategic, since the opening of a front in Western Europe had to be considered in reference to over-all Allied plans for ...

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a beachhead, which would be code named Utah (U.S.), Omaha (U.S.), Gold (British), Juno (Aus.), Sword (British) (pg. 5). This area was relatively close to undamaged ports in southern and southwestern England, and was in range of fighter planes as well. The French ports of Cherbourg and le Havre were within striking distance as well as the railways and river bridges thought to assist in isolating the assault area from the main enemy centers of supply and reinforcement to the east. At the Quebec Conference in August 1943 Allied leaders approved the choice of this battleground for invasion.
The staff of ground forces, airforces, and navies had now entered the second stage of planning for the largest amphibious operation in military history. The tactical difficulties to be faced were only one part of a problem that required complete coordination and teamwork, not just between the military forces of two nations but also between all arms of those forces. Planning necessarily ...

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