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  • Defense For The Following Land Attack
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    The nearly 23,000 paratroopers dropped this morning played an extremely important role in the invasion today, with their brave actions and the knowledge that if the land attack to follow somehow failed, there would be no way out. The drops began early in fog and against great opposition, causing some of the precise plans to be altered. The 101st and 82nd U.S. Airborne Divisions were both dropped over the Cherbourg peninsula with orders to split up. The 101st Division secured the western end behi...
  • German Counter Attack
    606 words
    PREPARATIONS FOR THE LANDINGS It was in 1943, at the Quebec Conference that the decision was taken to attempt a large-scale invasion, code-named Overlord, against the continent of Europe in the spring of 1944. However, instead of aiming their operation at the coast of northern France close to Britain, as the Germans had expected, the Allies chose to come ashore in the Bay of the Seine. Landing in lower Normandy, on shores less heavily fortified than those in the Pas de Calais, gave the Allies th...
  • German Fighters Into The Air
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    ... es and could be extended to 2600 miles when extra drop-tanks were attached to the wings. This made its range far more than any Allied or German fighter's. As far as performance went, it was superior to all others as well. Neither of the other two main American fighters could compete; the P-47 was too heavy and the P-38 had too many technical problems. The British fighters, the Spitfire and the Hurricane did not have the range, speed, or power. But most important was its superiority over the ...
  • Allies And Fire Upon The German
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    The battle of the bulge The battle of the bulge was Hitler's last chance to win the war or at least make the allies go for a treaty. He did this because his forces were being pushed back into Germany and soon they would run out of supplies and other resources for war. Hitler thought of this bold plain when he recalled how a German hero Frederick the great was facing defeat, Frederick went on a offensive attack at his foe who had superior numbers but the bold moved worked and Hitler thought he co...
  • Attack On Vimy Ridge
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    It was at Vimy, in 1917, that all four Divisions of the Canadian Corps attacked simultaneously for the first time, about 100,000 men taking part in the battle. Vimy Ridge was an important part of the Germans' defenses, barring the way to the mines and factories in the Douai plain, which had been of great use to them in their continuation of the war. The very nature of the Ridge gave it strong, built-in defense, but these natural defenses had been supplemented by strong points, elaborate trench-s...
  • Halted German Army
    624 words
    The Russians Would never have joined the war if it weren't for the German invasion of 1941 - Operation Barbarossa. This parallels the USA intervention - they only joined because the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour. Operation Barbarossa commenced on the 22nd June, 1941. Just over 3,000,000 German troops invaded the USSR. Stalin doubted the country ability to perform well on the battlefield since the Finnish War, refused to counteract the Germans preparations, for fear of provoking them into war. Th...
  • Battle Of The Somme
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    The Battle of the Somme: Haig was ultimately responsible for the planning and direction of the series of battles known collectively as the Battle of the Somme. Despite his awareness of what had gone wrong at Neuve Chappelle, and again at Loos, and the failure of these battles, Haig still repeated the same principles of attack, although on a vastly greater scale. Yet again, he made no allowance for the failure of the artillery to cut the wire and completely misjudged the capacity of the Germans t...
  • Blitzkrieg Successful In The Poland Attack
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    In 1939 a new warfare development was made from the Germans to enhance their advantages on the battlefield. The introduction of the Blitzkrieg was used against the Invasion of Poland. Blitzkrieg means lightening war and it certainly was. The Blitzkrieg was an unprecedented type of warfare that an enemy was forced to defend along a broad front. It had a line with concentrated armored thrusts called Panzers. The Blitzkrieg would disrupt the enemy reaction with tactical air attacks. They sabotaged ...
  • Machine Guns And Barbed Wire The Battle
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    The Battle of the Somme begun on the morning of July 1st 1916 after a week of heavy shell fire. The battle was being directed by Field Marshall Haig in the Somme, in France during WWI or the Great War. The battle lasted from July 1st to November 18th and was on of the bloodiest battles of the war, it resulted in the more deaths than ever before for the smallest gain. The battle took place to pressure the Germans into withdrawing men from Verdun, where the French were taking heavy losses and were...

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