Term/Bonus paper Q-2 D-Day Geneva Jones; E-Flight
D-Day was when the Allied Powers tried to recapture Europe, starting with France. The Allied Powers were made up of the U.S., the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. The Axis Powers were made up of Italy, Germany, and Japan. D-Day took place on June 4, 1944.
The Germans were not prepared for the invasion. The beaches that the Allied soldiers landed on were Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and
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the defensive positions were taken from the rear. Then one by one the exits were opened.
By nightfall the 1st and 29th divisions held positions around Vierville, Saint-Laurent, and Colleville (nowhere near the planned objectives.) The Americans suffered 2,400 casualties at Omaha on June 6, but by the end of the day they had landed 34,000 troops. The German 352nd Division lost 20 percent of its strength, with 1,200 casualties, but it had no reserves coming to continue the fight.