Historic Map - Normandy, France - World War II - D-Day - 1944

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HQ Twelfth Army Group situation map : Normandy Invasion - France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany : prepared by the Engineer Section 12th Army Group. - June 6, 1944.

The Normandy Invasion is undoubtedly one of the most widely known battles of World War II. Code named Operation Overlord, the Battle of Normandy began on June 6th, 1944, with the initial landings (code named Operation Neptune - now known as D-Day). This massive invasion of Northern France was a cornerstone of the war, and dealt a major blow to Nazi Germany.

Involving US, Canadian, British and Free French Forces, the assault was the largest amphibious invasion the world had ever seen. Also involving glider landings, arial and naval bombardments, and parachute drops behind enemy lines, the Normandy Landings became the first succesful landing across the English Channel in over 800 years.

The beaches were code-named Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword, and Gold for the operation. This map follows the movements of the 12th United States Army Group, who were sent to Utah Beach shortly after the initial landings. The 12th United States Army Group was the biggest and most dominating US Army formation at that point.  By the end of the war in Europe, the Twelfth Army Group had over 1.3 million among its ranks. Another interesting feature of the map is that it is attributed to HQ FUSAG - the 1st United States Army Group, who were a fictitious army used to decieve the Germans of the invasion.

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