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D-Day Weapons (June 6th, 1944)

D-Day of June 6th, 1944 saw the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany as all manner of men and machine were brought to bear on the beaches of northern France.

D-Day Weapons (June 6th, 1944)

D-Day of June 6th, 1944 saw the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany as all manner of men and machine were brought to bear on the beaches of northern France.

OVERVIEW



Both the Allied and Axis leaders understood the importance of an invasion of northern France as a springboard to the invasion of Germany in World War 2 (1939-1945). German leader Adolf Hitler prepared his 'Atlantic Wall' to counter such thought with the focus being primarily Calais. However, the Allies undertook a grand campaign of deception prior to launching the largest amphibious operation to this point in the war and would achieve complete surprise in the process. Operation Overlord commenced on June 6th, 1944 and would forever be remembered as 'D-Day' - a crucial assault that, if successful, would change the course of the war and open up a third front against Germany and its supporting nations.

In many ways, the success of all future Allied efforts in the conflict across the European mainland would hinge on the events of that morning on the beaches of northern France and in the pivotal days that lay beyond during the 'Normandy Breakout"';. Due to the courage of individuals and entire formations, crews flying overhead and gunners manning offshore warships, the much-needed beachhead would become established and provide the critical supply point for which to fuel all future Allied actions into France, the Low Countries and, ultimately, Germany itself. The war in Europe would be over by May of the following year with the suicide of Hitler and the subsequent German surrender to the Allies.




  Allies - United States, Britain, Canada, France, Poland, Netherlands


  Aircraft
  Airspeed Horsa
  Avro Lancaster
  Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
  Consolidated B-24 Liberator
  de Havilland Mosquito
  Douglas C-47 Skytrain
  Fairey Albacore
  General Aircraft Hamilcar
  Handley Page Halifax
  Hawker Hurricane
  Hawker Tempest
  Hawker Typhoon
  Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  Martin B-26 Marauder
  North American P-51 Mustang
  North American B-25 Mitchell
  Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
  Supermarine Spitfire
  WACO CG-4


  Armor & Vehicles
  Centaur
  Churchill ARK
  Churchill Crocodile
  Churchill Fascine
  Churchill Infantry Tank
  Cromwell
  M3 Stuart
  M4 Sherman
  M7 Priest
  M48 Scott
  M10 Wolverine
  M12 Gun Motor Carriage
  M18 Hellcat
  Sherman Crab
  Sherman DD
  Sherman Firefly
  Sherman Rhino
  Vickers Tetrarch


  Small Arms
  Bangalore Torpedo
  BREN Light Machine Gun
  Browning BAR
  Browning M1919 MMG
  Browning M2 HMG
  Colt M1911
  Enfield No.2 Revolver
  Gammon Bomb
  Lee-Enfield Rifle
  Lifebuoy Flamethrower
  M1 81mm Mortar
  M1 BAZOOKA
  M1 Carbine
  M1 Garand
  M1 Thompson SMG
  M2 60mm Mortar
  M2 Flamethrower
  M3 (Grease Gun)
  Mk 2 Grenade
  Mills Bomb Grenade
  No.73 AT Grenade
  Ordnance ML 2" Mortar
  Ordnance ML 3" Mortar
  PIAT
  Springfield M1903
  STEN SMG
  Winchester M1912 Shotgun


  Artillery
  Long Tom 155mm Field Gun
  M1 / M114 155mm Howitzer
  M2 4.2" (Goon Gun)
  Ordnance BL 5.5" Howitzer
  Ordnance QF 6-pdr AT Gun
  Ordnance QF 17-pdr AT Gun
  Ordnance QF 25-pdr Howitzer


  Warships & Submarines
  FS Fores
  FS Georges Leygues
  HMS Ajax (22)
  HMS Arethusa (26)
  HMS Argonaut (61)
  HMS Belfast (C35)
  HMS Black Prince (81)
  HMS Bulolo
  HMS Danae (D44)
  HMS Diadem (84)
  HMS Emerald (D66)
  HMS Erebus (I02)
  HMS Enterprise (D52)
  HMS Frobisher (D81)
  HMS Glasgow (C21)
  HMS Hawkins (D86)
  HMS Hilary
  HMS Largs
  HMS Orion (85)
  HMS Ramillies (07)
  HMS Roberts (F40)
  HMS Scylla (98)
  HMS Warspite (03)
  LCA Landing Craft
  LCI(L) Landing Craft
  LCT Mk 4 Landing Craft
  LCT-R Landing Craft
  Higgins Boat
  LST-2 Landing Craft
  ORP Dragon
  ORP Jastrzab
  HNLMS Soemba
  USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  USS Augusta (CA-31)
  USS Anson (ACG-4)
  USS Bayfield (APA-33)
  USS Nevada (BB-36)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION



Consider the following sections of this site for more information related to D-Day Weapons (June 6th, 1944):

World War 2 Aircraft
World War 2 Guns
World War 2 Tanks
World War 2 Ships & Submarines


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