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the bridges at Benouville (Pegasus Bridge) and Ranville were secured by Allied Forces).

Codewords such as Overlord and those for the beaches are well remembered. Others linked to the invasion are now less well known: Bolero (the build up to D Day in Britain), Fortitude (A long term operation to conceal the true location of the D Day landings), Ham Jam (the signal indicating Nike Air Max Uptempo Grey

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The "Bungay Buckaroos" the US, 446th Bombardment Group, based at Flixton lead the 8th Air Force on the first mission of D Day, taking off at 0200 to hit the beach defences just before H hour.

"H Hour" is the term used for the time during the day for a military operation to begin. For D Day the key H Hour was at 6.30am when the attacks on the beaches began.

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The beach at Brancaster was analysed by geologists assisting the military planners for D Day, because it was considered the closest match to the Normandy coast.

The first British soldiers killed are said to be Den Brotheridge and Fred Greehalgh, after landing by glider shortly after midnight. Brotheridge died during the assault on Pegasus Bridge, while Greenhalgh drowned in a pond.

There are now 27 war cemeteries in the area of the Normandy Landings, containing the remains of more than 110,000 dead from both sides: 77,866 German, 9,386 American, 17,769 British, 5,002 Canadian and 650 Poles.

Much of the planning for D Day took place at Norfolk House, a large building on St James' Square in Nike Uptempo Bpm For Sale

central London.

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Beaches at Thornham, north Norfolk, were bombed intensively by the Allies in the build up to D Day to test what impact such a battering would have on the sands of Normandy.

General Dwight D Eisenhower, the overall Allied leader, wrote to servicemen before the operation telling them to wash, shower and wear clean underwear in case they were wounded.

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Planners projected that 5,000 tonnes of fuel would be needed each day, for the first 20 days after the attack.

Captured Germans were sent to American prisoner of war camps at the rate of 30,000 a month from D Nike Air Max Uptempo White/Black Day until Christmas 1944.

Omaha, Gold, Sword and Juno, operations terms Overlord and Neptune, and Mulberry the name of the floating harbours) appeared in the Daily Telegraph's crossword puzzles in the weeks before the invasion. MI5 agents called on the compilers, fearing a security breach, but none was ever established.

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Operation Bolero the build up of forces in southern England saw civilian travel as well as diplomatic travel restricted in some areas. Journalists were also monitored.

Anne Frank wrote about D Day in her diary on 6 June 1944 after hearing the news on a secret radio. She was arrested two months later.

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