Every year when June 6th is coming up, we prepare ourselves to commemorate the heroics of the brave men and women that participated in Operation Neptune, with its most famous part – the D-Day.
This military operation was historically largely carried out as an amphibian infantry attack. However, what fewer people know is that thousands of heavy-loaded bombers, gliders and fighter aircraft also participated in the various operations before and during the landing. This is why we couldn’t let this important event go by without preparing a little special for our dedicated World of Warplanes testers.
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D-Day was the day that marked the beginning of the landing operation of the large military offensive by the name of Operation Neptune that the Allied Forces carried out on June 6th 1944. In what would become the biggest amphibious invasion in world history, over 160,000 troops, including American, British and Canadian forces, landed on the beaches of Normandy (France) to deploy an army that would go on to liberate Europe from the reign of Nazi Germany.
D-Day itself was preceded by a multitude of smaller operations that served as preparation and distraction at the same time, which contributed in great part to the success of the landings. Infiltration assignments, sabotage missions and heavy bombardments from the sea all helped in clearing the pathway for the arrival of the Allied Forces. However, it was most interestingly also the success of Operation Glimmer, a diversion manoeuver carried out by heavy bomber planes that helped confuse the German leadership as to the exact location of where the landing would take place.
The idea was to have aircraft from the RAF (Royal Air Force) take off from Great Britain and move in precise formation south over the English Channel in direction of Pas de Calais while throwing out radar-reflecting aluminum strips. This technique, now known as window or chaff, created the impression on German radars that a fleet of slow moving ships was heading for the north coast of France, readying for deployment of troops in that region. The illusion was so effective, that even when the events of D-Day began on the morning of June 6th, Hitler still refused to reinforce his defense lines in Normandy because he was convinced that the incoming attack was just a distraction from the main wave that was set to land at Calais.
Aircraft were also used heavily to drop paratroopers behind enemy lines. Multiple airborne divisions would parachute out at critical locations to seize key objectives such as bridges, road crossings, and important terrain features on both sides of the landing area. So whilst D-Day is largely remembered for the naval and amphibious operations of the Allied Forces in the summer of 1944, it is also important not to forget the contribution that American and British aircraft made towards achieving this major milestone, that would ultimately change the course of all of WWII.
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