Today is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Many do not realize that the Allies were outmanned and outgunned by the Nazi party & Central Powers.
But this day in 1944 is when it all changed.
The largest assembly of men, boats, tanks, and aircrafts to hit a specific target was assembled. The story of how it all came to be is truly unbelievable.
The plan required a boat (and a series of boats) that could maneuver in very shallow waters. So, they contacted an AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR named Andrew Higgins who had a boat that could carry men and tanks (fully loaded) in water 10" inches shallow.
His boat went into full production in New Orleans, LA where every single "Higgins Boat", also known as The U-boat, was created.
Operation Overloard was the codename for the D-Day invasion. Eisenhower was told that estimations of casualty loss was up to 75% of the 150,000 men they were sending over. But, it was truly essential to take that beach if they wanted to swing the war in the Allies favor. Churchill was 100% against the plan.
The boats carried the men over in extremely treacherous waters. The storms were so bad that Germans actually pulled their boats away from those waters right before the attack. Many men said the water was so choppy that everyone was sea sick. Vomit from the men was ankle deep inside the boats.
On June 6th, the surprise of a life-time hit Normandy. It is estimated that 5,000 to 12,000 Allied forces died. German casualties on D-Day, have been estimated to be between 4,000 and 9,000. The Allies also captured some 200,000 German prisoners of war. Once the Allies took Normandy, Nazis were pretty much done.
All of this took place in one day. After the war ended, Eisenhower said "Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us. Without him, everything would be different."