Nostalgia USA June 2016 Nostalgia USA June 2016 - Page 6

BattlePlan T hisarticle isdedicated to the memory of those who died on Tuesday 6 June 1944 in pursuit of freedom. It is through their sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms we have today. In this the first part of the story of D-Day, 6 June 1944 we concentrate on the build-up to the invasion. By Ian R Gumm O peration OVER LOR D, as the invasion of N orthwest Europe is known, was the largest amphibious assault to have ever taken place and involved almost three million Allied troops from twelve participating Allied nations. It took more than two and a half years to plan and prepare and culminated in the capture of Paris 80 days after the Allied forces landed on the coast of France. It began in the early hours of Tuesday 6 June 1944 when three Allied Airborne Divisions were dropped by parachute and reinforced by gliders to secure the flanks of the invasion area. T hese airborne landings were followed up by a massive air and naval bombardment of the German coastal defences in preparation for the early morning amphibious assault. At 06.35 hrs the seaborne landings commenced with the amphibious assaults in the American sector at U TAH and OM AH A Beaches, which