'D-Day' The day when allied forces lunged an massive attack on the Nazis at the coast of Normandy

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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

invasion(Howarth 6).

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...