The D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, ranks as the boldest and most successful large-scale invasion in military history.
On June 6, as Operation Overlord went forward, roughly 160,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel, supported by seven thousand ships and boats, and landed on the coast of Normandy.The seaborne invasion included nearly 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers. They established a beachhead from which the Germans were unable to dislodge them. Within ten days, there were half a million troops ashore, and within three weeks there were two million.
In this episode I take a comprehensive look at the largest amphibious assault in history. In particular I discuss
- Planning for the Invasion of Normandy
- Training for D-Day
- The challenges of amphibious assault
- Weapons used in D-Day
- The five beaches of D-Day
- First-hand accounts from soldiers, beachmasters, generals, and the French Resistance