Presentation on theme: "The Day of Days. June 6 th, 1944 Soldiers had been training in Britain from as early as 1938 and although they knew the time was coming they did."— Presentation transcript:
The Day of Days
June 6 th, 1944 Soldiers had been training in Britain from as early as 1938 and although they knew the time was coming they did not know the details. British, American, French, Polish, Norwegian, Australian, New Zealand, and Dutch troops will launch one of the biggest ground invasions in history. Totals: 160,000 Soldiers 24,000 Paratroopers 5000 Ships 50,000 Vehicles 11,000 Aircraft Allied Invasion
The 25,000 paratroopers were to be dropped behind enemy lines with orders to capture key crossroads and disable artillery guns. Air attacks were launched against the coastal defenses shortly after midnight on the 6 th. The Allied navy fired their weapons at the beach as well, in hopes of softening German defenses. Amphibious invasion began shortly after 5 AM. Timing was of the utmost importance A beachhead would be established to supply the Western front and get a VITAL foothold on the European continent. The Plan
The Landings Entire invasion would take place over an area no larger than 80 KM on a flat, sandy beach along the Normandy coast.
Soldiers hit the beach and rushed the escarpments and hills to disable German pillboxes and batteries. Canadian soldiers continued to advance inland through French towns and villages Eventually reached the French town of Caen A primary objective for British and Canadian troops on D-Day Canada at Juno Beach
Of vital strategic importance as it was both a road hub as well as a ideal location for an Allied airfield. The battle lasted for two months, into August, as Allied troops attempted to take and hold the town. Several operations would be launched to attempt to take the city with Canadians at the forefront of most offensives. With the Hitler youth as the primary defenders. The eventual frustration of the Allied forces with their inability to capture Caen led to a severe bombardment in early July with extensive civilian casualties. Remains one of the fiercest battles of the war with almost exclusively Canadian casualties. Battle of Caen
Turning point of the war Hitler in steady decline Established foothold in Europe for supplies, command and communication posts. Showed Allied forces that Germany could be defeated. Canada was responsible for a beach separate from Britain and the United States Demonstrated the bravery and strategic ingenuity of the Canadian forces. Results