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D-Day: The Supplies.

W ithout doubt, the supplies and

logistics required to coordinate
D-Day was nothing short of
immense and amazing. From uniforms and
rations to ammunition, medical supplies and
D-Day By the Numbers
By the end of June 11 (D +5):
326,547 troops
an assortment of planes, ships, tanks, jeeps
and trucks, supplies ultimately added up to 54,186 vehicles, and
more than 5 million tons and took approxi-
mately two years to accumulate. The Ameri- 104,428 tons of supplies
cans reportedly provided the majority of
those supplies. In fact, Gen. Eisenhower is ...had arrived on the beaches.
said to have described Great Britain in 1944
as the greatest operating military base of all War planners projected that the
time. first 20 days after the initial assault
From Navy Seabees to Army quar- could potentially require 5,000
termasters, providing the necessary infra- tons of gasoline.
structure to accomplish one of the
worlds most significant military missions Operation Pluto provided more
required unparalleled foresight and cer- than 1 million gallons of oil to
tainly a bit of luck. Allied Troops daily.

N ot surprisingly, at this point in Good logistics alone can't win a war.

Bad logistics alone can lose it. The estimated 3,489 long tons of
history, technology was changing,
soap would be required the first
many modern-day discoveries we - General Brehon B. Somervell
take for granted werent available, and these four months in France.
Commanding General
things only added to the supply challenges: Army Services Forces, 1942 ~17 million maps are estimated
Though Alexander Fleming discov- to have supported the D-Day

ered penicillin in 1928, it really wasnt mission.
until 1941 that it was used to treat bacteri-
ne of the greatest feats of
al infection. An American drug company military engineering was Opera- 20,000 tons of supplies per day
tion Pluto (Pipeline Under The were unloaded at Utah and Omaha
began mass production just in time for D-
Ocean), an ambitious joint project between beaches within weeks of the
Dayenough so that troops bacterial
British scientists, oil companies and the D-Day assault.
infections could be treated effectively.
armed forces to lay undersea oil
pipeline from England to France 10,000 Seabees of Naval Con-
to enable invasion force fueling. struction Regiment 25 built sub-
A Scientific American article stantive pontoon causeways onto
about Seabees recounted their the D-Day beaches so Allied
recruitment strategy as, if troops could charge forward.
youre over 16 and under 51, still
in good health, and want to line By D-Day, ~300 billion units of
up with a two-fisted crew of really penicillin were available to armed
tough hombres who fight with services crossing the channel.
one hand and build naval bases
2,830 calories were in the K-
with the other, you may volunteer
for service in the Seabees. rations U.S. soldiers received
during World War II.
Seabees underwent special-
ized training beyond boot camp In 1939, Hershey reportedly pro-
that taught them how to build duced 100,000 ration bars per
Ultimately, Fleming and two Oxford storage tanks that could hold up to 10k day. However, this number in-
University researchers won the Nobel gallons of water, clear tree stumps with creased to 24 million/week by
Prize for Medicine in 1945 for their work dynamite, turn sandy landscapes into work- the end of the war.
in this. ing roads, and building pontoons quickly
while under attack.