D-Day: Allied Invasion of France - Methacton School District

D-Day: Allied Invasion of France - Methacton School District

D-Day: Allied Invasion of France Before D-Day

The Allies had been fighting in Italy in 1943 Germany had been constructing the Atlantic Wall since 1942

Atlantic Wall was a series of coastal fortifications Invasion plan called Operation Overlord (Eisenhower led)

Invasion Began early June 6th, 1944 20,000 paratroopers landed behind

enemy lines Consisted of 6,000 ships 150,000 men in first wave Germans think this is a decoy,

think invasion will be at Calais Landing zone was split into several different zones

Sword Beach Juno Beach Gold Beach Omaha Beach (2,400 casualties)

Utah Beach http://www.civilization.ca/cwm/ newspapers/operations/

p_ddaymap_e.html Results Allies launch Operation Dragoon,

invade France from south (August 15th, 1944) Assassination attempt on Hitlers life July 20th, 1944

Allies liberate Paris August 25th Germany is surrounded Soviets on the east

Americans, British, French on the west Germany is bombed, low on oil Hitler orders all men between 1660 to join the army

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