Tragedy of D-Day Essay by The Research Group

Tragedy of D-Day
Analysis of Allied invasion at Omaha beach as badly conceived & executed in spite of victory.
# 10639 | 1,800 words | 4 sources | 2001 | US
Published on May 14, 2003 in History (European - World Wars)


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"Although the history books count D-Day as one of the greatest military triumphs, the American assault on Omaha beach was badly conceived and executed, resulting in one of the bloodiest day in American military history since Antietam. The main factors that led to this tragedy were the inhospitable nature of the invasion site, the ineffectiveness of the aerial and naval bombardment, the unforeseen strength of the German defenders, and the poor coordination and planning of the attack itself. Although the American landing forces were ultimately victorious, the Omaha fiasco claimed over four-thousand casualties. Technically a triumph, there was nothing triumphant about the American assault on Omaha beach."

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