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Churchill declined because he felt that even with American help the British did not have adequate forces for such a strike,  and he wished to avoid costly frontal assaults such as those that had occurred at the Somme and Passchendaele in World War I.
As Brittany and Cotentin are peninsulas, the Germans could have cut off the Allied advance at a relatively narrow isthmus, so these sites were rejected. Normandy was therefore chosen as the landing site.
The two generals immediately insisted on expanding the scale of the initial invasion to five divisions, with airborne descents by three additional divisions, to allow operations on a wider front and to speed up the capture of the port at Cherbourg.
The need to acquire or produce extra landing craft for the expanded operation meant delaying the invasion until June Under the Transport Plancommunications infrastructure and road and rail links were bombed to cut off the north of France and to make it more difficult to bring up reinforcements.
These attacks were widespread so as to avoid revealing the exact location of the invasion. Eight further sectors were added when the invasion was extended to include Utah on the Cotentin Peninsula.
Sectors were further subdivided into beaches identified by the colours Green, Red, and White.
The initial goal was to capture Carentan, IsignyBayeuxand Caen. The Americans, assigned to land at Utah and Omaha, were to cut off the Cotentin Peninsula and capture the port facilities at Cherbourg. Possession of Caen and its surroundings would give the Anglo-Canadian forces a suitable staging area for a push south to capture the town of Falaise.
A secure lodgement would be established and an attempt made to hold all territory captured north of the Avranches -Falaise line during the first three weeks. The Allied armies would then swing left to advance towards the River Seine. Photos of the coastline were taken at extremely low altitude to show the invaders the terrain, obstacles on the beach, and defensive structures such as bunkers and gun emplacements.
To avoid alerting the Germans as to the location of the invasion, this work had to be undertaken over the entire European coastline.
Inland terrain, bridges, troop emplacements, and buildings were also photographed, in many cases from several angles, to give the Allies as much information as possible. Information collected by the French resistance helped provide details on Axis troop movements and on construction techniques used by the Germans for bunkers and other defensive installations.
A team of code breakers stationed at Bletchley Park worked to break codes as quickly as possible to provide advance information on German plans and troop movements.
British military intelligence code-named this information Ultra intelligence as it could only be provided to the top level of commanders. German intelligence changed the Enigma codes right after the Allied landings of 6 June but by 17 June the Allies were again consistently able to read them.
To supplement the preliminary offshore bombardment and aerial assaults, some of the landing craft were equipped with artillery and anti-tank guns to provide close supporting fire.Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is best known for his astounding successes in North Africa against great odds but the man was more complex than the legend.
Winston Churchill once described him as a “very daring and skilful opponent a great general” but he was also a devoted husband and father and a man that struggled [ ]. In the end, Rommel fled all the way to Tunisia, winning a tank battle there against the Americans—and losing one against the British—before returning to Europe in March Great Battles and Leaders of the Second World War by Winston S.
Churchill, Houghton Mifflin, New York, ,$ British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was stunned and upset when he received news of the fall of Singapore in February German expeditionary force under command of Rommel in Libya and Tunisia during the North African Campaign of World War II Gen Bernard Montgomery A British general.
A recent circular letter from Eisenhower to his subordinate commanders, cautioning them “to impress upon our junior officers the deadly seriousness of the job,” had gone unheeded. A Late Assessment from Eisenhower. He met Eisenhower and other senior commanders at their headquarters at Southwick House in Hampshire to discuss the situation.
General Montgomery and Major General Walter Bedell Smith, Eisenhower's chief of staff, were eager to launch the invasion.