D-Day: Debunking the myths of the Normandy landings

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Anniversaries are useful moments to pause and reflect. For the anniversary of D-Day — June 6, 1944 — and subsequent campaign in northern France, it is also an opportunity to look at the past in detail and ask how much of what we think we know is true and how much is well-entrenched myth. Not only is it more interesting, it is also of greater worth as we plan for the future and pray there will never be a conflict like World War II again.

1. MYTH: D-Day was predominantly an American operation

2. MYTH: American forces were ill-prepared

3. MYTH: The Allies became bogged down in Normandy

4. MYTH: German soldiers were better trained than their Allied counterparts

5. MYTH: The Germans had stronger tactical skills

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