D Day The Battle Of Normandy

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D-Day the Battle of Normandy. The Longest Day. This invasion is known by a lot of names but they all mean the same thing: the invasion of the beaches code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. This attack happened on on June 6, 1944 and was one of the most important battles in World War II.
To begin with, D-day was the major turning point of World War II because Allies created an opportunity to begin to gain control of Europe, Nazis had to confront Allied forces in Europe, and Germany had to divert its attention from Russia. Allied forces took the fight to the Axis powers in many locations across Western Europe. The Italian government quickly signed an armistice with the Allies but German forces dug in and set up massive defensive lines across Italy, prepared to stop any armed push to the north. After several major offensives, the Allies broke through and captured Rome on June 4, 1944. As Allied troops moved across Europe in a series of offensives against Nazi Germany, they began to encounter tens of thousands of concentration camp prisoners. Many of these prisoners had survived forced marches into the interior of Germany from camps in occupied Poland. These prisoners were suffering from starvation and disease. Soviet forces were the first to approach a major Nazi camp, reaching Majdanek near Lublin, Poland, in July 1944. Surprised by the fast Soviet advance, the Germans attempted to hide the evidence of mass murder by destroying the camp. While the Nazis were…
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