Deception, Advantage, and D-Day: World War II

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According to Sun Tzu’s book, The Art of War, he states, “All war is based on deception” (“D-Day as a Parable”). The Allied Invasion of Normandy, code named Operation Overlord, on June 6, 1944, was considered the most decisive and deceptive battle in Western Europe between the Allied and the Axis powers. The Allies were led by Britain, France, and the United States in the Western front and the Soviet Union in the Eastern front. The Axis powers were led by Germany, Italy, and Japan, but the Normandy Invasion was only against the Nazi regime in the German controlled parts of Western Europe. In order to prevent Germany from obtaining more land in Russia and Western Europe it was necessary for the Allied forces to open a second front at …show more content…
In order for the two front war to be a success, maintaining a coalition with Stalin and the Soviets was critical (“D-Day as a Parable”). Another key element that was critical to the opening of the second front was the Barbarossa Campaign. The Barbarossa Campaign was a massive battle between Germany and Russia (“D–Day as a Parable”). Germany wanted to destroy the Soviet Union and permanently eliminate the Communist threat on them while also seizing prime land within Soviet borders for the expansion of German territory ("Invasion of the Soviet Union,”). This major offensive maneuver moved more than a million troops to the Eastern front, leaving fewer numbers of German troops in Western Europe and Germany making a second front in Western Europe more plausible.
According to Naval History and Heritage, the commander in charge of organizing the second front was U.S. Army General, Dwight D. Eisenhower. He commanded Operation Overlord, which was the invasion of Normandy beach in Western Europe. The operation was launched when weather reports predicted satisfactory conditions on June 6, 1944. On the morning of June 6,1944 dozens of minesweepers followed by hundreds of amphibious ships and crafts, supported by warships, crossed the English Channel commencing operation Neptune (the

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