History tells us that Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy in the spring of 1944, was the largest amphibious operation ever run in the history of warfare. In fact, the largest siege of a fortified area in history, Operation Overlord was an undertaking initially thought impossible by Allied planners when they began to consider invading occupied France in 1942. How would the massive fortifications being constructed at key points along the coast of Europe be overcome? What means, would Allied troops to get over and past the mines and obstacles on the beaches, and move inland? And, since the seizure of a port facility was considered an impossibility on D-Day, how would the massive Allied army being transported to Normandy, be supported and supplied following the initial invasion?
These are just some of the questions that will be considered and answered on the August 26th, 2013 edition of Military Monday, hosted by author and analyst John D. Gresham. His guest will be U.S. Naval Institute Press author Christopher David Yung, writer of the 2006 book Gators of Neptune. Their discussion will include new details about the planning of Operation Overlord, the many special weapons and systems designed specifically to support the invasion, and how the Normandy invasion of 1944, still resonates in modern amphibious doctrine today. Listeners are encouraged to call in to ask questions, and offer thoughts of their own. Please join us at 1 PM EDT for what should be a fascinating show.
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