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1 D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End

2 Primary Source Newsreel informing public of invasion

3 Background Information Battle of Dunkirk Fall of Rome Operations Bodyguard and Fortitude Allied troops being evacuated aboard fishing boats at Dunkirk

4 The Plan Land 150K men over a 50 mile coast in 24 hours. 3 Steps 1. Naval Bombardment 2. Paratrooper Insertion 3. Ground Landings (Five Beaches)  Sword  Juno  Gold  Omaha  Utah Map made by Michael A Stecker

5 The Invasion American Forces aboard a landing craft prepare to land on Omaha Beach

6 The Aftermath Allied Casualties: 12,000 German Casualties: 4,000-9,000 (Estimated, actual number of casualties still unknown)

7 The Aftermath cont. German Commander Erwin Rommel is critically injured returning to France after hearing of invasion Operation Cobra Operation Valkyrie

8 The Home Front President Roosevelt’s speech to America (audio) roosevelt-delivers-d-day-prayer#franklin-d- roosevelt-delivers-d-day-prayer

9 Significance Allies finally had a foothold in Western Europe Now a two front war Eliminated a large number of German reinforcements and equipment

10 Discussion Questions Was the invasion necessary for an allied victory in Europe? Do you think the Allies could have achieved victory by advancing through Italy? How did the D Day from the Newsreel differ from the actual invasion? Why did the news choose to portray the invasion in this light? Why do you think President Roosevelt choose to make little mention of the actual operation during his speech?


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