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After the first days of the battle, Rommel attempted to force his armor across the Merderet River. If successful, he could launch a metal spear into the Yanks flank. The General's plan made any village with a bridge worth its …
After the first days of the battle, Rommel attempted to force his armor across the Merderet River. If successful, he could launch a metal spear into the Yanks flank. The General's plan made any village with a bridge worth its weight in gold, and Ramelle was one of those villages. All that stood between Rommel and the execution of his plan was a small group of men - a band of heroes, so to speak. They were a mish-mash of paratroorers, rangers, and glider units, but they were all America had. Today would be their finest hour, a day when they would find out if they were "worth it." - Oliver Revenu and Mark Walker (Inspired by the final battle to save Private Ryan).
The Normandy Landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt placed Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower in command of Allied forces.
Wikipedia: Normandy Landings