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Thursday June 6th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    D-Day. The weather forecast wasn't good, overcast, possibility of rain, choppy seas, and any familiarity with the English Channel would suggest that under these circumstances conditions can deteriorate rapidly. But the Supreme Allied Commander understood that failure to send in the Allied invasion force would be a burden on the morale and readiness of the nearly 200,000 sailors charged with ferrying and supporting 156,000 soldiers across the channel. You can picture the soldiers, loaded down with equipment, stuffed up together on the landing craft, some of them seasick, waiting, thinking about it and wondering how it might feel to die on the Beaches of Normandy.  The weather didn't help the invasion, supporting armor was delayed and gusty winds brought up the tide much sooner than was expected.

 

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   The Axis forces had had a plan to prevent the Allied forces from breaking out of any beachhead they might have been able to establish. The plan had been devised by Field Marshal Rommel, and it involved keeping large numbers of tanks at strategic points along the French Coast. These tanks could then be quickly deployed. But in Berlin Adolf Hitler had come to believe that he alone knew what was best, and his General Staff had given up on anything like reasonable argument. He ordered the bulk of Axis tanks to be deployed a good distance inland, they'd be safe from a naval bombardment near Paris, well over 150 miles from the coast. Rommel's point about the Axis not having anything close to air superiority was ignored. Who knows what might have happened on D-Day.

  

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