#DDay71: June 5, 1944

DDay Normandy

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June 5th, 1944 – the Allies prepare for D-Day.


On this day in 1944, more than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy — D-Day.


The day of the invasion of occupied France had been postponed repeatedly since May, mostly because of bad weather and the enormous tactical obstacles involved. Finally, despite less than ideal weather conditions—or perhaps because of them—General Eisenhower decided on June 5 to set the next day as D-Day, the launch of the largest amphibious operation in history.


Ike knew that the Germans would be expecting postponements beyond the sixth, precisely because weather conditions were still poor….