America at D-Day Essay

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AMERICA AT D-DAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

     I am very interested in World War II. So I choose a book that was written about the Normandy Invasion. More commonly know as D-Day or
Deliverance day. The title of the book is America at D-Day. It was written by Richard Goldstein. The book has 287 pages and also has 90 different pictures from the invasion of Normandy. The reason the author wrote this book was to show exactly what happened at D-Day.
     The author starts off by describing the preparation for D-Day in great detail. The code name given to the Normandy Invasion was Operation
Overlord. It was planned mainly by General Dwight David Eisenhower.
Prior to World War II Eisenhower never
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The Americans were also going to drop their paratroopers behind the
German front lines on the Cherbourg Peninsula.
     The American paratroopers were from the 82nd Airborne Division and from the 101st Airborne Division. The paratroopers were to cut off any supply line to the front lines and prevent any reinforcements from reaching the beaches of Normandy. The order was given on the night of June 5, 1944 to launch the paratroopers. The paratroopers were sent in first so that they could drop under the cover of the night. The paratroopers were plagued with cloudy skies and some anti-aircraft fire. Some of the paratroopers were shot down while they dropped from the skies. Most of the paratroopers that did survive the jump missed their intended drop zones. During the first hours of the assault their was confusion among the soldiers, but then the troops started to form up into small bands together and started to complete their missions.
The paratroopers mission was for the most part a success. They gained considerable ground and destroyed vital supply lines for the Germans.
     However, the assault on the beaches were plagued by a lot more problems. The major problem was the choppy seas and the strong current. It made many of the allied forces land off of target. Even though they landed off course they were still able come together. The Germans also put many obstacles in the way of the landing crafts.

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