D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
When on D-Day-June 6, 1944-Allied armies landed in Normandy on the North-western coast of France, one of the most important events of World War II happened; the fate of Europe hung on the results of the invasion. If the invasion failed, the United States might turn its full attention to the enemy in the Pacific-Japan-leaving Britain alone, with most of its resources spent in mounting the invasion. That would enable Nazi Germany to gather all its strength against the Soviet Union. By the time American forces returned to Europe, Germany might have control of the entire continent.
Although fewer Allied ground troops went ashore on D-Day than on the first day of the earlier invasion of Sicily, the invasion of Normandy was in total history's greatest amphibious operation, involving on the first day 5,000 ships (the largest group of ships ever assembled), 11,000 planes, and about 154,000 British, Canadian and American soldiers, including 23,000 arr...