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D-Day June 6, 1944, the Germans are attacked by allied troops on the beaches of Normandy. The allied army was ill prepared in the beginning, but willing to give there all to claim this invasion. They went about it dangerously, broadcasting fake radio announcements, and with no port on the beach of Normandy, they did not know how they were going to pull it off. It was the fight to a victory that will never be forgotten.

The allied army was ill prepared in the beginning, with most of their soldiers being only in their teens or early twenties, most had also never been in combat. This battle was said "to be the battle that turned boys to men" and that it did. In January 1944, over 1,000,000 Yanks poured into Europe. The allies had a much better equipment line, with materials that were much better than the English's did.

Nine out of ten of all of these soldiers had never been into war, which makes us think, how successful are we going to be? May 29, 1944, the beginning of what Eisenhower had named "The Great Crusade." Before they left, someone said to them, be careful all that lurks out there is the German Army and Death. A bad storm hit the night before the attack, so General Eisenhower decided to postpone the invasion. While on route to Normandy the allies ran into a few obstacles, or walls persay, this one particular wall was Hitler's Atlantic Wall. A Wall made of concrete and steel, Commander Dwight Eisenhower knew they needed to break through. The German's expected them to move in a the most narrow point but the British moved the invasion surprising the Germans. This unexpected invasion nicknamed Operation Overlord began at low tide, at daybreak. Two of the...