D-Day is a military term for a day that the event, usually and attack is to happen. The term
D-Day became famous for the invasion which took place on June 6,1944. On June 6,1944, the
Allied Forces lunged an massive attack on the Nazis at the coast of Normandy. Normandy is on the
northern coast of France. The Allied Forces finally decided to take offensive to defeat the Nazis and to win
back the land which they took from France(Astor 4).
Eisenhower pushed back the date of the invasion from May to June because of the number of the
landing crafts. He thought he did not have enough landing crafts for the invasion which he planned.
Eisenhower wanted the invasion to start on a low tide because then they could see the booby traps set up
by the German forces in the ocean. He thought it would be better to get the infantry on to the shore than to
lose majority of the landing crafts from the booby traps hidden by the high tide.
Also in the low tides to
tankers could go ahead and bombard the defenses before the infantry comes in as the tide rises with the
tanks and the arms. But the navy and the air forces needed at least one hour of day light to bombard the
German defenses. Taking in all these facts, June 5,1944, an hour after dawn, was chosen as the D-Day. If
something goes wrong to delay the invasion, June 6 or June 7 were chosen as the substitute date for the
The next problem was the place. The most obvious target was Pas de Calais because it was the
shortest distance between England and France. But pictures and pictures took by planes shows that the
defense is the heaviest...