Have you ever wondered how the world successfully defeated the Nazis? Although the D Day invasion was close to becoming disastrous, there are five main points on why the D Day invasion was such a success during the war. These include German counter-attacks being delayed, the mass number of deaths and casualties, delaying German troops, confusion of troop placement, and also the attack on Omaha and Utah beach.
Many of these factors led to delays and deaths of the Germans. Obstacles made it hard to attack the beaches to get to checkpoints. One reason why the D Day invasion was a success is because the German counter-attacks to the main invasion were being delayed. This was mainly due to internal arguments between the German high-commands. Fortitude South was very successful in deceiving German troops which led to confusion. This also led to the counter-attacks being delayed which allowed the Allies to advance instead of fighting constantly with the Germans. This was a main part of the success because fewer troops were left defending the Utah Beach. The Allies were then able to reach their destinations much faster and continue to move inland.
Not only was the main invasion meant to confuse the Germans, but the misinformation of the Ally soldiers were meant to delay too. Landing troops on beaches which were engulfed by German defense troops made Allied planners to make strategies on how to invade properly. If the Germans knew the exact location on where the Allies were invading, they would put as much defense in that area as possible in order to counter them. The Germans placed defenses across the entire western coast expanding to Europe in order for there to be fewer defenses at the point of attack. This part was successful for the Allies because the beaches were easier to invade with fewer German troops pushing them back.
Techniques such as misinformation were used to convince Hitler that 350,000 Allied soldiers were ready to attack Europe from Scotland. They made up a 4th British army called “Skye” and made it the lead of the upcoming invasion in Normandy and Scandinavia.German defenses being spread out also led to attacks being more frequent from the Allies. The Germans, who were suffering from the confusion in the ranks, also were dealing with the absence of their commander, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who was on leave. Hitler believed at first that the invasion was a faint distraction to the Germans from an upcoming attack just north of the Seine River. He refused to release the nearby divisions to join the counter-attacks and reinforcements were called from another airfield.
This caused major delays in the German army. Hitler also hesitated to call armored divisions to help in Germany’s defense. The Germans were hit by Allied air support which also took out key bridges and forced them to take longer detours.
This played a major role to help slow down armed defense and allowed the Allies to set up and be ready for the upcoming attack. Allied naval support also helped protect advancing troops. Allied air forces also took out other civilians of the Allies.