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Brookdale Event: “Operation Overlord”

“OPERATION OVERLORD, 6 JUNE 1944: WHY DID IT SUCCEED”

PAUL ZIGO,

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY,

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR WW II STUDIES AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Operation Overlord, the allied invasion of northwest France on June 6, 1944 was carefully planned over a 6 month period as a combined, joint service operation to breach Adolf Hitler’s “Fortress Europe.” Involving nine American, British and Canadian divisions and nearly 7000 ships and landing craft, the operation nearly failed. Professor Paul Zigo, a retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, will review the reasons for the near failure and explain how the allied invasion forces turned near failure into success. Related will be what it was that enabled the allies to succeed on the beaches of Normandy, France, and defeat Nazi Germany 11 months later, surrendering on May 7, 1945, 67 years ago on the very date of this program. Via an accompanying photo presentation, literally walk the battlefield as did those on D-Day.

Tuesday, May 7, 7:30pm, Warner Student Life Center.

Fee: $12 adults, $5 students. Code: XWWTS 277

Note: Please note that this event is not affiliated with the CECOM Historical Office. We post this as a form of outreach and history information-sharing.

 

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