Operation Overlord: The Invasion Of Normandy

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The Invasion of Normandy, also known as D-day. It took place on June 6 1944, and was the largest seaborne invasion to ever take place (Preston & Hazell). This invasion took over a year of planning. The shortest route between England and Germany was Pas De Calais (Foot). Before the invasion a dummy army was created and placed in Southeast England to convinvce the germans the attack was coming at pas de calais (Foot). The invasion took place because the allies knew the a large invasion was the only way to win the battle in europe and to open up two battle fronts, relieving pressure off the soviet front (Foot). Canada was a key player in delivering the astronomical victory at D-day. Canada sent 450 paratroopers (Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered), 14,000 troops, 110 ships, 10,000 sailers…show more content…
(Canada at D-Day).
Juno Beach On June 5 1944, at 12:00 pm, The minesweepers clear the channel of german mines. After the mines are cleared, at 6:00 pm, HMCS Prince Henry and HMCS Prince David, escorted by the destroyers, HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Sioux left for Juno Beach to discuss the battleplan. The Plan for Juno beach was in two groups, the Miko sector and the Nan sector. In the Miko sector of the beach, The Royal Winnipeg Rifiles and The Royal Rigina Rifles supported by tanks from 1st Hussars would the take the town of Courseulles. In the Nan sector of the beach the forces would come in two waves. In the first wave, The Queen’s Rifles would take a small beach front resort town, The North Shore New Brunswick regiment would take a beachfront resort town, St-Aubin. Tanks from Fort Garry Horse was to support both groups. The second wave would land only when the Nan sector was taken, it was a reserve brigade composed of the Stormont highlanders, Dundas highlanders, Glengarry Highlanders, the North Nova Scotia, the Galt Infantry and the Sherbrooke Fusilers. This reserve would bring Artillery, machineguns and mortar units, and medical corps personnel to support

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