It Appears The D-Day Invasion Was *Never* About Defeating Hitler

A counterintuitive look at Operation Overlord

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The most common military phrase on this day was probably “Charlie-Fox”. If you don’t know what that means, then you’ve never been in the military. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Soviet Premier Josef Stalin, one of the most cruel, murderous, and sociopathic humans to have ever lived.
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  • The Battle of the Atlantic was not an obstacle to the invasion itself. One must bear in mind that during the Battle of the Atlantic, U-boats almost never attacked British or U.S. Navy vessels. Their targets were the merchantmen, the cargo vessels carrying not just military supplies, but also the food, fuel, and raw materiel needed so badly by the civilian population of the United Kingdom. The U-boat commanders refrained from attacking Navy vessels because to do so was to court death from the destroyers, cruisers, and — later — the aircraft carriers whose pilots increasingly specialized in sub-hunting. Instead of being used to invade French North Africa in late 1942, they could have been used in the North Atlantic to more safely shepherd the convoys and bring the U-boat threat to an end much more quickly.
  • After losing the Battle of Britain in September 1940, Hitler had effectively ceded air superiority over the English Channel to the Royal Air Force and had sent most of Goering’s vaunted Luftwaffe to support the ongoing invasion of the Soviet Union.
  • In his history of World War II, Churchill stated that one of the major obstacles to Operation Sea Lion — Hitler’s planned invasion of England itself — was that it had to occur before the end of summer, before the notorious weather of the English Channel became unpredictable and made any large-scale crossing impossible. The same dynamic would have applied in the opposite direction as well, so, combined with the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic, it would be understandable for the Allies to not be able to invade in 1942.
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Invasion of Sicily by British and American troops. “Sir, I think Hitler’s not here, but in Germany. Why are we here instead, sir?” (source)
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Soviet trenches outside Moscow, 1941. At least they had winter clothing. Many of the German soldiers didn’t. (Pinterest)
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The Red Army raises the Soviet flag above the Reichstag in Berlin (source)
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A political cartoon published after the German-Russian Nonaggression Pact was signed in 1939 (Medium)

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