How an Actor, A Blow-up Tank, And Bad Weather Assisted The D-Day Invasion

A few of the ways the Allied leaders outsmarted Hitler in Operation Overlord

Nancy Parish
4 min readJun 7, 2024
Photo by zenad nabil on Unsplash

On June 6th, 1944, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. The mission was completed by land, sea, and air. Many people believe D-Day signaled the beginning of the end of the war.

The mission and the war the troops fought would define them as the Greatest Generation.

D-Day changed the trajectory of the war.

Earlier in the war, the Nazis had occupied northwestern France. The British troops had been cut off at Dunkirk by the Germans in the Battle of France in 1940. Since then, Allied troops considered an invasion starting from England and going across the English Channel to France.

By the end of the day, on June 6th, 1944,

“more than 5,000 ships and landing craft carrying troops and supplies left England for the trip across the Channel to France, while more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

How did they accomplish such a huge mission?



Nancy Parish

Amateur Cat Herder. Previously, Contributing Editor for CWIM. My ebook Life with Scout: The Blind Kitty Chronicles avail.