Essay D-Day

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Canadian soldiers have fought heroically in many battles throughout history and are important role models for Canada. On June 6, 1944 Canada fought bravely beside Allied forces, Britain and the United States, against German Nazis in occupied Europe along the coast. The battle was divided into five beaches, Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold and Juno. Canadian troops were assigned to infiltrate Juno Beach. This was a great responsibility. Canadian forces made a massive contribution and are a defining moment in Canadian history to the Allie’s victory at Juno Beach because the Canadian forces achieved their objectives sooner than any of the other Allies allowing a secure beachhead, involved in helping with the strategic planning of D-Day and the independence and recognition Canada gained.
Canada landed 14,000 troops of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division on Juno Beach. With support from the Royal Canadian Air Force which bombed and attacked enemy targets, while the Royal Canadian Navy contributed 109 vessels and 10,000 sailors. At the D-Day Landings, Canada was the first to achieve the objectives that assigned after landing at its assigned beach, Juno Beach. Allied forces depended on the successful invasion of Juno Beach to carry on fighting in occupied Europe and to provide a secure and safe beachhead for troops and supplies to land. After only 3 hours of the landing, the Atlantic Wall at Juno Beach had been captured allowing forces to push past the beach and wall to attack into occupied Europe. By the day's end, the Canadian forces had achieved an enormous task. The 3rd Canadian Division had pushed farther into France than any other Allied Division. Also, Canadian forces managed to link up with British forces that had landed at Sword Beach. This was important to be able to secure a beachhead in Normandy allowing for further forces and supplies to land and push inward into occupied Europe. By July, Caen had been captured by the Allied forces, with huge contributions from the Canadian forces that had fought against the Schutzstaffeln, one of Hitler's units. The capture of Caen majorly impacted the German defences in France, allowing the Allies to make a strong position in occupied Europe from which they could launch attacks to take back France. Canada achieved its objectives at the D-Day Landings and the important objectives afterwards. Canada had played an essential and strong contribution to the D-Day landings at Juno Beach.

Secondly, the Canadian contributions to the Allies victory had a major impact especially in the strategic planning of the Invasion of Normandy. Allies have learned from the Canadians mistakes at Dieppe. They learned not to land on a well-fortified port, it had to have traction for armored vehicles to move forward and to observe the land by more ways than just pictures from the sky. This helped the Allies know exactly what they were up against and this became a strong component in the Allies victory. Canadians also helped the allies to create…