Gunner's view from a B-17 Bomber.
The Year is 1944 ...
Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt (N.Y.) and Harry
S. Truman (Mo.) beat Republicans Thomas E. Dewey
(N.Y.) and John W. Bricker (Oh.) for President
and Vice President.
SHAEF is created in January 1944. SHAEF is the
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force,
which is the military organization created to
direct the D-Day invasion known as Operation
U.S. and British planes begin 24-hour bombing of
Allied forces land in Italy.
The first U.S. foreign aid plan is approved by
Congress as $1.35 billion set for UN Relief and
Troops (almost 2 million men) assemble in
Southern England to prepare for the D-Day
invasion (early May).
Operation Overlord. D-Day invasion of Normandy
begins on June 6. US 82nd and 101st Airborne
Divisions land behind Utah Beach. British 6th
Airborne Division drops behind Sword Beach. U.S.
4th Division hits Utah Beach. US 29th and 1st
Divisions and the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions
hit Omaha Beach. British 50th Division hits Gold
Beach. Canadian 3rd Division hits Juno Beach.
British 3rd Division hit Sword Beach. Omaha
Beach is the best defended by the Germans where
about 2,200 soldiers are killed or wounded, but
the D-Day invasion is a military success.
Allied Breakout. The Allies move in to Normandy
on June 7. Fighting moves slowly from field to
field, but the reinforcement and the development
of momentum to liberate Europe begins with the
advance of a second front to attack the Germans
from the west while the Soviets attack from the
east. By July the Germans are in trouble in
General Douglas MacArthur begins Philippines
operations landing at Leyte Gulf on October
Congress passes Servicemen's Readjustment Act
(GI Bill of Rights).
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