• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

D day coursework

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Analyse the reasons why the British army was so successful in the Battle of Normandy, June - August 1944 There were several important factors which resulted in a victory for the British Army in the Battle of Normandy. It was necessary to secure Normandy in order to give a strong foothold with which Germany could be defeated, so allowing a successive Allied victory over Germany in the Second World War in May 1945. Many important objectives intended for the British landings were achieved, allowing the British to set up a secure bridgehead with which an attacking force could be built up. The Mulberry harbours on the beaches of Normandy and PLUTO had made sure that the Allied forces were well supplied. 54,000 tonnes of supplies were received by the Allied forces each day. Operation Fortitude was a big success for the British as the Germans thought that the invasion was going to happen at Calais but it was actually going to happen at Normandy. ...read more.

Middle

The bocage countryside made tanks useless, and the fighting was mostly hand to hand combat, the German resistance was strong, this slowed down the Allies. But the factors which resulted in success in Normandy had helped overcome the problems to the. The Americans also contributed by having some progress, even though Bradley's offensive was slowed and stalled by the bocage, this lasted for seven days. On July 25th Operation Cobra used huge airpower to clear the way against the weak Germans. Another factor was British supremacy in airpower, armour and artillery this was shown by the Battle of Falaise. On 2nd August, Hitler had ordered a counterattack to be launched using 100,000 German soldiers to cut off the Americans in Brittany; the German forces were forced back into the Falaise region. The Allies then planed a manoeuvre to trap the leftovers of the German 7th Army in the "Falaise pocket". A pincer movement was carried out by the Americans and the British, with the aid of aerial bombardment to destroy German men and tanks. ...read more.

Conclusion

The July Bomb Plot was not the first attempt to kill Hitler, but it was the one that came closest to success. Both events had interrupted the German defence in Normandy which helped the British even further. The Germans were only to replace 17 of the tanks that had been lost and very few men. The Luftwaffe was unable to challenge in the skies as ammunition had to be saved. The German Army lacked ammunition, food and fuel, every shot fired by the artillery had to be authorised. This had weakened the German defence against the Allied advance, and allowed success for the British Army in Normandy. All these factors played a crucial role in allowing success for the British in Normandy. The most important reason for the British Army's success was the amount of Allied resources and supplies that were made available to it, which had given the British advantage in many military features in the battle. Without it, the British forces would not have the power to break through the German defence. Even with the problems they faced, this had allowed the British a strong victory over the Germans in Normandy. Words: 887 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. All My Sons Coursework

    This shows us that he is concerned about George's sudden arrival. Tension begins to rise in this scene after the mention of George's imminent arrival.

  2. The D-day landings.

    In March 1943, Major General Percy Hobart was brought out of retirement to command a special formation, the 769th armoured division. He developed vehicles to overcome enemy obstacles called 'Hobart funnies'. Two examples of these tanks are: * The DD Sherman Tanks: These were the amphibious tanks.

  1. History Around us Coursework – Newcastle Keep

    I also think this must have continued to be improved because a lot relied on its protection of the bridge against the Scots. How and why did the Castle Decline? There are many reasons of why and how Newcastle Keep declined, but one of the main things we do know

  2. Evacuation was a success

    13 4 Male 1.55 43 17.9 68 8 13 9 Male 1.65 51 18.7 73 8 13 2 Male 1.52 43 18.6 102 8 13 2 Male 1.44 50 24.1 13 9 14 8 Female 1.48 47 21.5 20 9 14 8 Female 1.63 47 17.7 24 9 14 8

  1. d day coursework

    Although the weather conditions were difficult and the beach was well defended by German forces, the battle on Gold Beach was won with specialist armour.

  2. Battlefields Coursework

    I also know that, for instance, at Vimy Ridge and La Boisselle the mines that were dug and detonated caused huge changes in the trench system, and new trenches had to be dug around them. My emotional understanding has also been enhanced.

  1. Rhydymwyn Coursework

    by Stalin in 1945 at the end of World War Two when the USA, Russia and the UK have won and therefore at the time when people had realised that Stalin was a dictator so this could be used to change peoples opinion of him. 3. Sources E and F.

  2. Analyse the reasons why the British were successful in the Battle of Normandy, June-August ...

    A few miles from the beaches the first obstacles were encountered. The bocage, a layer if hedging, making a wall like structure was built in the countryside to prevent the tanks from advancing any further, which is a great help to the Germans, as they were one of the most influential piece of equipment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work