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World War II lasted from 1939-1945.  The Battle of Normandy( June 1944 to August 1944) resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. The battle began June 6th, 1944; known as D-Day when 156,000 Americans, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the coast of Frances Normandy region. This invasion was one of the largest military assaults in history and required extensive planning. The allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign that was designed to mislead the Germans about the upcoming invasion target.

Germany invaded and occupied northwestern France in May 1940.  Adolf Hitler was aware of the threat along France northern coast and had Erwin Rommel in charge of the defense operations in the region. Even though, the Germans did not know exactly where the Allies would strike. Hitler then charged Rommel with finishing the Atlantic Wall, a 2,400 mile fortification of bunkers and landmines and beach and also water obstacles.

There was a weather delay on June 5th, 1944 that delayed for 24 hours. More than, 5,000 ships and landing craft carrying troops and supplies left England for the trip across the Channel to France, while more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.


U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the...
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease bill to give aid to Britain and China (1941) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1941, President Roosevelt convinces a largely isolationist Congress to pass the Lend-Lease Act that would allow the U.S to sell or lend war materials to any country whose defense the President considers essential to the defense of the United States. Roosevelt then freezes German and Italian assets in the U.S. and places trade embargoes on Japan.  While seeming to be a partner in diplomacy with the US, Japan secretly launches a surprise devastating attack on the U.S Naval Fleet at the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Germany and Italy declared war on the U.S.





Animated map showing German and Axis allies' c...
Animated map showing German and Axis allies’ conquests in Europe throughout World War II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)