posted on Jul, 28 2011 @ 01:01 PM
I am currently reading "The Longest Day", written by War Correspondent Cornelius Ryan. This book is regarded as the definitive, non-fictional
accounting for the activities in Normandy on June 5th through 6th, 1944. According to Ryan’s research, the day of June 6th, all of the commanding
officers of the units stationed throughout the Normandy area were called away for a training exercise simulating an Allied invasion of Normandy! Due
to the long distance, and difficulty of travelling to the city where these exercises where being held that day, many of these commanders had left the
night of the 5th, putting them outside of effective range of their commands.
In addition, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was actually on leave from June 4th through the 6th, far away from the area of his command of the Atlantic
Sea Wall. Finally, the German Air force was down to less than 200 fighters in all of France, and had dispersed the last operational wing of 126
aircraft, to airfields closer to Berlin, to provide defense against bombers, leaving the French coast to be defended by 2 aircraft...that's right
Now knowing these facts, and coincidences that led to the Germans being horribly undermanned and without their command structure in place for the
invasion, I wonder if there was something else going on. Was this an effective operation mounted by MI-5 or the OSS to influence German Command to
make these moves around this timeframe (remember, the invasion was originally planned for June 5th, but was postponed 24 hours due to bad weather), or
was it sabotage from within? Shortly after the invasion, an assassination attempt was made on Hitler, known as "Operation Valkyrie", there was a
group of German officers who had been plotting against Hitler, to include Erwin Rommel.
Of course, this could all be just an incredible set of coincidences, and a blessing from God, allowing the Allies to mount the invasion with the
lowest amount of casualties possible. The invasion still took thousands of lives, as the Atlantic Wall defenses were formidable, but the result, with
an effective command and control structure and German Air Cover, could have been much, much, much worse. One last thing to consider was that there
was a break in the weather on June 6th, 1944 that gave them just enough time to mount the attack and unload the material needed to support the
beachheads. Shortly after the invasion, a set of Gales hit the Normandy coast, and destroyed most of the temporary "Mulberry" port facilities,
making it much more difficult to unload equipment, until the capture/liberation of port facilities.
What do you guys think? Was this set of coincidences the result of an Allied Intelligence Operation, sabotage or just God's grace?