Winston Churchill once said, “In war truth is so precious that it must be guarded by lies.”

2022-05-30 0 By

At 6:30 a.m. on June 6, 1944, the allied advance troops with the British and American troops as the main force, totaling 176,000 people, crossed the English Channel from Britain and landed in Normandy, capturing Utah, Omaha, Gold Beach, Juneau and Sword Beach five beaches.After that, 2.88 million allied troops poured into France and successfully opened the second world war on the European continent.Under Overlord’s plan, the British took control of Sword and Gold beaches, the Canadian took Control of Juno Beach, and the Americans took control of Utah and Omaha Beaches.As a result, of the five beaches, Utah beach was the one with the least loss of life and the most smooth operation on the 6th.Due to a strong south-easterly tide, the beach was moved about 1, 800 meters south of the expected landing site, which was actually a mishap.Because at this landing point, the Germans only deployed one company.By the evening of The 6th, all the three regiments of the 4th Division went ashore, and a total of 20,000 men landed and established a solid landing ground. However, they only lost 197 men, less than 10% of the expected casualties.The difference between Utah’s smooth sailing is Omaha Beach.The beach, known as “Bloody Omaha,” was the most damaged of the five landing beaches.Before the war rommel ordered the Germans to build a solid defensive offensive on Omaha Beach, while rommel also moved a very effective elite unit, the 352nd Mobo Division, to Omaha.Omaha Beach became a veritable Atlantic bulwark, truly impregnable.Six hours into the landing, less than 10 kilometers from the front, 2,400 U.S. soldiers were laid to rest.Later, someone calculated that 24 soldiers fell every 100 meters in the battle, and one soldier died every nine seconds.Anyone reading such a set of numbers would be struck by the enormity of the situation.Like Utah beach and Omaha Beach, the remaining three beachheads are equally fierce and tough.As a whole, however, the Allies succeeded in landing on all five beaches on The 6th. A total of 132,715 men landed successfully, and the casualties were much lower than expected, only 10,300.Hours into the war, Hitler was still asleep and Rommel was on holiday in his native land.In order to convince the Germans that the Allies would land at Calais, the Allies carried out a deception operation called “Project Mercury” before the war, creating a fake American Army Group 1 with 50 divisions and 1 million men.So the Invasion of Normandy caught the Germans by surprise, and for hours they thought it was just a feint, because they had been sure that the Allies were going to land at Calais.At the same time, due to the bad weather that lasted for several days before the 6th, the German army from top to bottom thought that it was impossible for the Allies to launch an attack in such weather, so some necessary routine patrols and vigilance were cancelled, and even some important German commanders were absent from their posts.Hours after the allied invasion of Normandy, Hitler, the Nazi supreme Leader, was still asleep.All this strategic deception was a talisman to ensure the success of the landing. As Churchill later said, “Truth is so precious in war that it must be guarded by lies.”What Rommel predicted as “twenty-four fateful hours” and Eisenhower called “the longest day in history” passed largely unchallenged.