Meanwhile, Allied pilots exploited their hard-won superiority over the diminished German Luftwaffe by blasting French railways and bridges to keep their foes from rushing reserves to Normandy when troops landed there. The Allies wanted to schedule the landings for shortly before dawn, midway between low and high tide, with the tide coming in.
Between January and Junenine million tons of supplies andsoldiers crossed the Atlantic from the United States to bolster the invasion, designated Operation Overlord.
The Allies wanted to attack during high tide as this helped the ships to avoid obstacles put in the water by the Germans. Soon after, warships began to bomb the beaches from the water. Only one panzer division guarded the Normandy coast beforehand. Dawning of D-Day The invasion of Normandy was preceded by daring coastal and aerial reconnaissance that yielded detailed charts of the five landing zones: Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Omaha beaches.
Morgan and staff decided instead to land on the coast of Normandy, which lay farther from Germany but was less heavily fortified. Moreover, the Germans were hampered by effective Allied air support, which took out many key bridges and forced the Germans to take long detours, as well as efficient Allied naval support, which helped protect advancing Allied troops.
Normandy was hence chosen as the landing site. D-Day was an international effort Posters 4.
Americans who landed at Utah Beach faced little resistance, and British and Canadian troops advanced several miles inland from their beaches and withstood a late-day counterattack by the 21st Panzer Division.
They also carried out bombardments on German coastal defences before and during the landings and provided artillery support for the invading troops.