What was D-Day

The term, ‘D-Day’, is made use of to denote a date on which a military operation is scheduled to begin. The word was used for the first time in the beginning of the 20th century by the US army. However, it is to be noted here that in the present day context, D-Day is used to refer to the date June 6, 1944, when the allied troops under the leadership of General, Dwight D Eisenhower attacked the Nazi troops at Normandy, thereby, providing an upper hand for the allied forces in the Second World War. The nature of the attack and the tactics that were employed by the allied troops to deceive Germany was what made D-Day a great success. ‘Operation Neptune’ and ‘Operation Overlord’ were the two main missions under which the destruction of Nazi troops was triggered.

The surprise attack was launched in Normandy, France, which marked the beginning of the decline of Nazi supremacy in Europe. The success of the allied forces in this attack cost them the lives of 10,000 soldiers. Though the casualties were high on the side of allied troops, this attack of theirs paved the path for the conclusion of the Second World War. The very fact that such large scale attack was maintained a secret till the very last minute, talks about the meticulous planning that went into the entire process. Even today, D-Day is celebrated as a great event in the history of United States of America, where the brave soldiers who laid their life for the betterment of the society are remembered.

Not many people are aware of the fact that initially, June 5, 1944 was planned as the D-Day for both Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord. However, owing to adverse weather and unsuitable conditions, the date was changed to June 6, 1944. The statement of General Eisenhower, ‘We will settle for nothing less than victory’ was the inspiration to the operation that led to the culmination of the Nazis in the due process.

Prior to Operation Overlord, there were six months of preparation that led to the success on D-Day. A careful study of the various weak factors about Nazi ruled areas were conducted. The air and naval forces played a major role in this regard, collecting all possible information about the enemy and discovering their flaws. The combined operation of Soviet Union and United States of America, inspite of the differences they had was the key in the success of Operation Overload. Operation Overlord lasted for a period of 14 days from June 6, 1944 to June 19, 1944; and ended when the allied troops expanded their victory across the River Seine.