Cory Dennis Mr.

Borrero English 1102 2/16/12

D-Day World War Two was one of the most influential wars not only in American History but all of world History. Kennedy Hickman said, “The seeds of World War Two were sown in the Treaty of Versailles which ended World War One. Crippled economically by the terms of the treaty and the Great Depression, Germany embraced the fascist Nazi Party” (Hickman, 4). Germany was in dire need of economic solutions; Hitler saw an opportunity and took it. He convinced Germany that the Jews were responsible for the economic downfall and his power and influence began to spread across Germany. iAmerica got involved in World War Two after Pearl Harbor happened on December 7th 1941. Japanese forces bombed an American naval base, Pearl Harbor, due to economic issues. During the attack USS Arizona sank and more than 1,100 men were lost. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy," in reference to the attack” (Anderson). D-Day was a direct result of Peal Harbor. American forces decided to take action and create a military plan of action to attack Normandy. D-Day was very influential in the victory of the allies and played a huge part of the War.

In April of 1942 the preparation for D-Day had begun. U.S troops were

beginning to be assembled. According to Anthony Hall, an expert at the D-Day museum in Europe, in January of 1943 at the Casablanca Conference, the allies agreed that 1943

was too soon for D-day or Operation Overload to happen. In January of 1944 the plans to carry out Operation Overload and D-Day began to get more and more urgent. iiiIn April of 1944 the plans for D-Day were complete and the tactics of the U.S Generals that would be storming the beaches during D-Day were being drawn up. In May the attack was delayed from May 31st until June 5th. On May 15th the final plans were discussed and the troops that were will be involved in the attack were are in camps along the English Channel. On June 2nd the weather was poor and it looks like the new date that D-Day was carried out will be on June 6th. ivOn June 6th 1944 D-Day got underway, at approximately 6:30 a.m. the soldiers from the water arrived on the beaches of Normandy (Hall). D-Day is one of the most memorable battles in history. D-Day lasted from June 6th until August of 1944. During World War Two the battle of Normandy lasted from June 6th until August of 1944. According to, the invasion of Normandy began at 6:30 a.m. and the casualties quickly began to pile up. More than 4,000 allied troops lost their lives and many more were injured or missing.

Within a week the allied powers controlled the beaches and had supplies successfully

dropped there. The fighting took a toll on many soldiers and one letter I came across really opened my eyes;


France, July 22, 1944

Darling: ...Yesterday I had to visit all the units again, to get statements for my report. The regiment is in contact with the enemy, so such trips always have their skin-prickling moments. I got back pretty tired about 7 o'clock, just in time to get a phone call from the

CO of one of Sirrine's battalions, also in the line, requesting me to come up to discuss personal problems of his body-guard, a fine young fellow who had simultaneously received word that his sister, an army nurse, and a brother, a flyer, had both been killed in the So. Pacific, and that his remaining brother had been critically wounded with another division here in France. While up there, I hit the favorite hours for Jerry's activities, and, frankly, pretty nearly had the pants scared off me, with samples of shelling, mortar-fire, and strafing. I got back at midnight, having driven the jeep myself all day (my driver being on guard) slipping and slewing through mud axle deep whenever I got off the surfaced roads, which was frequently. I hate to admit it, but after a day like that, I feel my years. Yeah, man! War is a young man's game!...News on 90th has been released. Maybe you know something now of what the boys have gone through: constant contact with the enemy since D-Day. They've taken their losses, too. Somebody says "Old Bill got it today." "No!" you say. "Son-of-a-bitch!" And you go on about your business, with a little more emptiness inside, a little more tiredness, a little more hatred of everything concerning war. There is a certain cemetery where some of my closest friends in the division lie. I saw it grow -- shattered bodies lying there waiting for graves to be dug. Now it is filled. The graves are neat and trim, each with its cross. Occasionally I visit it when passing by. Always there are flowers on the graves: Sometimes a potted geranium has been newly brought in; sometimes there is a handful of daisies. The French people, especially the children, seem to have charged themselves with this little attention. Our bombers are roaring overhead just now, in the hazy afterglow of sunset. In a few seconds I'll hear the crunch of bombs -- a good-night kiss for the Nazis. There they go! The war news is good; but we're fighting over optimism. I suppose people at home are

elated; the boys up front are still in their fox-holes. I'll try to write at least a note every day or so. Take care of yourself. I'm fine. Love,
 John (John) Many soldiers were scared for life after the war was over and the amount of courage and love these soldiers have for this country makes me respect the men and women who protect our freedoms everyday. D-Day lasted two months and many casualties were counted for as well as many unaccounted for. It is one of if not the most talked about battle there was in World War Two. D-Day was also a milestone for the rest of the war. Capturing and taking control of the beaches at Normandy was one of the most important events of the War. It made moving further into France and eventually to Germany a lot easier than it would have been had the beaches of Normandy not been captured. viiEven though the battle lasted less than a week it left a mark on World War 2 as well as this planet that will live on forever.

I am going to use this to relate the main characters father to his son. My characters father is going to be a war vet that has never been proud of his son. My character is going to see an opportunity to impress his father and join the military after hearing about Pearl Harbor on the radio. His best friend is joining the war and he tells him that he is going to be coming with him. They go sign up for the war and his mom is devastated, his father is proud but doesn’t express it.

My main character and his best friend are now stationed together and they have no idea what to expect or when they will be going to battle. The main character is nervous because he had never done anything that involved physical strength before this. He tells his best friend that he is scared but he doesn’t want to let his father down. His best friend tells him that he will be fine and everything will be okay and he tells him he is nervous too; in actuality he is excited to get revenge on the people who carried out the attacks at Pearl Harbor.

The generals tell their regiments that they will be going to battle very soon, when the news reaches the troops they go crazy and start getting rowdy. At this point the nerves are really setting in; he tells his best friend that he just wants to go home but his friend wont let him. He reminds the main character why he is there and the main character calms down and gets ready for battle.

The main character and his best friend are on a boat heading straight for Normandy. They have a conversation about sticking together and not letting anything happen to one another. A grenade flipped the boat so they had to swim a few hundred feet before reaching land. When they reach the beaches they are instantly separated and disgruntled. The main character lays down and begins to cry. A soldier picks him up and tells him to keep moving. He begins to move towards enemy lines. The best friend is already holding a position down providing cover fire for troops moving ahead.

The fighting has now ended and the allies have captured the beaches of Normandy. The main character is missing and his best friend is very worried asking all the soldiers he passes if they have seen his friend, no one has. It is now two days since the last fighting occurred, and still no sign of his friend. He makes one last attempt to ask a soldier and this time the soldier had seen him. He was shot several times and didn’t make it out of the battle. His best friend was devastated; he had promised him everything would be okay felt terrible because he was now dead.

The best friend writes a letter to the main characters father telling what had happened and that his son was now dead. He also explains the reason why the main character had join the military, to make his father proud because he had never been proud of him before. His father reads the letter and begins to cry. He feels responsible for his son’s death.

After the war is over the best friend returns home and meets with the main characters father. The best friend instantly breaks down because he said that he just left his friend to die when they first arrived instead of finding him and protecting him. The father assures him that there was nothing that he could have done for him.

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