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Quick Answer- Aircraft could fly from Air Force bases in South England. Aircraft Carriers would be more useful in the Pacific were not all attacks could be covered by land based aircraft. Plus it would take a long time to get these ships to Europe and as I said, they were not really needed. It should also be remembered that heavier bombers, paratrooper ...


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The most likely Plan B would have been to amp up Operation Anvil/Dragoon, the invasion of the south of France, possibly moving it forward from its actual date of August 15, 1944. With a lodgement made there, a subsequent cross channel invasion could be tried as soon as feasible.


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At an operational level there were too many unknowns in advance of the actual landing to have concrete alternative plans. However on D-Day morning itself the planners were working furiously on various means of dealing with the debacle on Omaha. Options being considered by Bradley were a withdrawal from Omaha, either alone or coincident with a withdrawal ...


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Eisenhower had written a speech should the landings have failed. Our landings have failed and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone. Stephen ...



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