Essay on Downfall of Germany

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Downfall of Germany The invasion of Normandy lasted from June 6th, 1944 to August 1944. It brought great effects to World War II but mainly Germany. It was a turning point in the war. The loss of D-Day caused the German army to weaken in power, leading to their downfall in World War II. When the Americans and the Allies invaded Normandy, Germany military reserves were extremely low. The German leaders had not expect them to attack that day and left the headquarters of Normandy. “Confident that the rough seas and heavy cloud cover had postpone any invasion plans for a while, Rommel drove off to visit his family at their home in Southern Germany. Additionally, most of Rommel’s command staffs headed inland to a military conference,” (The History Place) which implied that they were not prepared to defend against the Allied forces. The German leaders had expected the Americans and Allied forces to come, but they didn’t expect any attacks on that day due to the big storm. Since the leaders decided to take the day off, they faced the consequences when Germany had lost the battle. In addition, there weren’t enough people defending Normandy. Since “many Germans believed that the massive landings in Normandy were merely a feint to draw their reserves away from Pas de Calais,” (Richard J) they responded by defending Pas de Calais. Unfortunately for the Germans, Normandy’s defenses fell due to the lack of people because they assumed wrong. The invasion of Normandy wasn’t a distraction, so the Americans and Allied were able to win the battle of D-Day because of the German’s low reserves. The Germans didn’t realize until it was too late. And yet, Hitler did not allow any reinforcements. He “...did not believe that D-Day was the real American and Allied invasion point. Rommel pleaded to Hitler for reinforcements, but Hitler refused,” (All Empires) which tells how German lost its future battles. Even though, Germany had over fifty divisions at Normandy, their commanders were not present. Hitler still refused to allow any reinforcements. His actions led the Nazi to be defeated in the battle and the war. Yet with their advance technologies, the Germans didn’t respond well to their defeat on D-Day. Immediately, Germans tried to counterattack Allied dominance in Normandy. They “...counterattack[ed] at the same time that Allied dominance,”(Naval History & Heritage command) implying how important D-Day was for the Germans. The loss of D-Day gave the Americans and Allied a strategic point in supporting in the war. The Germans needed to counterattack the American forces so they could take back Normandy and get rid of their support in the war. As a result, the loss of D-Day led to the liberation of many countries. “After D-Day, the days of the German resistance were numbered. Paris was liberated in August 1994 as the Allies pushed slowly eastward. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union was moving into German territory as well, Hitler, at the Battle of Bulge, launched a final unsuccessful counteroffensive in December 1994.” (US History) The following years after Germany lost the battle, it led to more Allied victories. German officers started to make more mistakes in their tactics, allowing the army’s defense to be fragile. Paris was liberated along with many other countries, causing the Allies to defeat German forces. As the Allied forces kept pushing, they weakened the Germans even further and were able to defeat them easily. The Soviet Union also contributed to weakening the Germans forces. In the meantime, the German officers were concern about the downfall of Germany. “...Senior officers had become gravely concerned about Germany’s prospects in the war,” (The History Place) which shows that the loss affected them. When the army was defeated, everyone in the army grew worried. They had always won upfront battles until the Americans had joined the war. However, since the Americans finally came along, many leaders were starting to worry. Many