The Battle of Normandy in nine points

Extract from the Special Edition Le Monde, available on newsstands: "1944: Landings, Resistances, Liberation"

Chief of SHAEF, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, Eisenhower is a great politician.His first job is to advance, together, the American-British team.Anglo-Canadians have totally different ways of working: in the spring of 1944, nearly a million and a half Americans, the current population of Lower Normandy, lived in the south of England.easy.

Once the Landing in France was decided, the Americans quickly took matters into their own hands.Five Normandy beaches were targeted, to which two artificial ports had to be added.To succeed, equipment and logistics, the two breasts of the Landing, were necessary., Operation Neptune counts more than 4,000 ships, the entire Allied war fleet, merchant ships converted into troop transport, special flat-bottomed ships that had to be built.There are also the famous DUKWs , Dual Utility Kargo Waterborne, better known under the name of ducks (ducks).These curious amphibious devices with the appearance of gadgets but present in number 2,583 just for Normandy (there is also the Pacific), by their incessant shuttles between the transport ships and the beaches, will transport more men and equipment than the artificial port of Arromanches.

With 12,000 planes, the Allied air force is ten to twenty times greater than the Luftwaffe.The king of the Battle of Normandy is the airplane.Eisenhower writes in his Memoirs: “Without our overwhelming control of In the air, at the time of the invasion, the assault on the continent would have been extremely risky, if not impossible.”

Posted Date: 2020-11-11

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