D Day During World War II

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D-Day During World War II (1939-1945), D-Day, or the Battle of Normandy, was the turning point in the Allied attempt to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control. The invasion involved 326,000 British, American, and Canadian troops spread among five beaches. The Allies were victorious due to Nazi mistakes. Hitler, believing the attack was simply a diversion to distract the Germans from an attack north of the Seine River, withheld reinforcements and support from armored units. This gave the Allies a significant advantage however, the Allied manpower and the superiority of Allied air support would make D-Day an Allied victory. As a result, France was liberated and the advancement of troops to Berlin began. Simultaneously, Hitler’s attempted genocide of Jews had been in effect since the beginning of the war in 1939. This time period, known as the Holocaust, resulted in the death of over six million Jews incarcerated in concentration camps. These camps were being run without opposition until the invasion of Normandy. The Allied forces often encountered Nazi concentration camps spread throughout Western Europe and were liberated upon arrival. The novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel depicts the typical experience and eventual liberation of the camp Buchenwald. D-day’s impact on World War II and eventual impact on the liberation of concentration camps influenced Elie Wiesel the writer of, Night. World War II was initiated by Adolf Hitler of the Nazi Party, Germany. This group of…

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