June 6, 1944. A famous day in the whole world, since it was part of the beginning of the end for one monstrous empire - the empire of the Nazis.

In the months before D-Day happened, the Allies used all their counterintelligence skills to deceive the Nazis. They built (fake) rubber tanks, collecting them around Southeast England, something German aviators would mistakenly believe would lead to an invasion of Calais. British counterintelligence forces would capture Nazi agents, using them not only to find other agents, but forcing them to send counterfeit messages back to their controllers in Berlin.

Because of the astounding success, the Allies were able to successfully convince the Nazis that the Allied Forces would land at Calais. They were so successful that the Nazis believed the Normandy landings were distractions from the real landing place - Calais.

In actuality, the Allies landed at Normandy.

A map of the Norman Coast and the nations landing there.
A map of the Norman Coast and the nations
landing there. From Brew Lite's Jazz Tales
The target 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha.

The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous.

Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialized tanks.

They didn't accomplish any of their goals, but they established a beachhead. They would expand their control over the coming months.

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