Debunking the myths about D Day

REEXAMINING THE FACTS ABOUT D-DAY AND NORMANDY

NORMANDY ’44: D-DAY AND THE EPIC 77-DAY BATTLE FOR FRANCE BY JAMES HOLLAND (2020) 864 PAGES ★★★★★

Images like these of American troops landing on the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944, dominate our view of the invasion. But June 6 was merely the start of an 11-week struggle when British, Canadian, and American forces fanned out across the far reaches of Normandy, setting up the breakthrough that spelled the end of the Third Reich. Image: Encyclopedia Britannica

EIGHT MYTHS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT D DAY

1. THE INVASION WAS RISKY AND MIGHT HAVE FAILED

2. ALLIED AIR AND NAVAL FORCES WERE AS IMPORTANT TO VICTORY AS THE TROOPS ON THE GROUND

3. AIRBORNE TROOPS DID LAND ON AND NEAR THEIR TARGETS

4. EISENHOWER, MONTGOMERY, AND BRADLEY MOVED FORWARD SLOWLY FOR GOOD REASONS

5. THE VAUNTED FANATICAL NAZI TROOPS WEREN’T SO FEARSOME AFTER ALL

6. NAZI WEAPONRY WAS NOT SUPERIOR TO THAT OF THE ALLIES

7. CASUALTIES ON OMAHA BEACH PALED BESIDE THOSE OF LATER STAGES IN THE BATTLE

8. D-DAY WASN’T EVEN CLOSE TO THE LARGEST MILITARY OPERATION OF WORLD WAR II

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