Imagine being on a boat heading to Normandy, France with 160,000 other American, British and Canadian forces. There are planes flying overhead and there’s a tank on your boat and all the other boats have tanks. Then you hear your platoon leader saying “Men we’re on our way to a heavily fortified beach head to take control so we can stop Hitler’s plan to control the whole world all for himself.” When they were at the beach they had to keep their heads low until the door opens and let the tank get through first so we can take cover behind it. “And men good luck out there.”
Then you hear the boat intercom “Come on and you get your orders. “Your orders are to get to the top of the cliff and take control of the beach head. Once we secure the beachhead we’re gonna move on and take back the countries under Hitler’s control. Then we will capture Hitler and take him prisoner. Then we can go home once that’s all done.
With a lot of soldiers comes a lot of weapons and equipment to use. There were about 47 guns used in D-day from heavy machine guns to flamethrowers. There was also about 24 aircraft from heavy bombers to gliders. There were also 29 tanks from heavy tanks to light tanks. There were 28 vehicles from armored fighting vehicles to tractors. They also had 8 warships that dropped of troops on the beach. They had about 27 artillery’s ranging from anti-aircraft to infantry artillery.
The paratroopers had 14 items to carry around when they were sent down to attack from behind. During D-day ship after ship went and dropped men of and went back to get more troops to keep enough soldiers to attack the beach and capture it. They had snipers to attack the German snipers to keep their troops from getting shot. They took out German’s that were using big heavy machine guns and important officers that were telling other soldiers what to do.
They had about 5-6 beaches they were attacking. There was Utah beach, Omaha beach, gold beach, Juno beach, and sword beach. Their strategy was to attack different area of all the beaches. Every beach had a different division that would go and attack that part of the beach. They had different divisions like 3rd (British) infantry division. The Allied forces were going up against 215,000 axis power soldiers that used concrete buildings and bunkers to attack the allied forces that were coming on to the beach.
They had rations of food so if they were able to get to the top or find a good hiding area and they had shelter they could eat a small amount of food. There rations involved chopped ham...