D Day During World War II

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Imagine rushing out of a cramped boat into a thigh deep water while machine gun fire and artillery shells are falling all around you. All you see ahead are flat sand beaches with no cover and imposing concrete fortifications set on cliffs which are manned by hostile troops who want to kill you and your fellow soldiers. Events similar to these were experienced by the brave Allied soldiers who partook in The Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day. It marked the turning point of World War II in Europe and although there were other pivotal battles in Europe, Middle East and North Africa like Stalingrad, Tobruk, and the Battle of the Bulge, none matched its importance. No single battle was more significant to the Allied victory over Germany and the future of post war Western Europe than D-Day. It provided the Allies with a long awaited second front to combat the Nazis in Europe and put numerous battle operations in motion that ultimately led to the Allied troops’ victory in World War II. D-Day also helped to dramatically shorten the war, as after 5 years of Nazi dominance and occupation of most of Europe, the Germans surrendered 11 months after the Normandy invasion.
D-Day was a joint operation between almost all of the Allied powers including, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Poland. The push for invading the Nazi’s occupied territories from the West came in 1941 (D-DAY:…

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