The reason Germany failed on D-Day (Ft. Jonathan Ferguson)

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Adolf Hitler was looking forward to D-Day. His plan was simple. Reinforce the western defences, launch a furious counterattack, and ‘throw the Allies back into the sea’. After that, he could turn his full strength against the Soviet Union and end the war. For Hitler, the outcome of this campaign would be decisive.

In the previous episode of our D-Day series we looked at the air battle for Normandy. This time IWM Curato Adrian Kerrison covers the fighting on land. Why were some beaches bloodier than others? Why did German counterattacks fail? And why did it take so long for the Allies to breakout?

To help us answer some of those questions weve brought in the Royal Armouries Jonathan Ferguson to look at some of the most important weapons of D-Day.

D-Day events:

IWM Lecture Day: D-Day https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-lecture-day-d-day
IWM Presents: The Longest Day https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-presents-the-longest-day
D-Day and the Aerial battle for Normandy Tour https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/d-day-and-the-aerial-battle-for-normandy

Find out more:

D-Day from a German perspective: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-german-response-to-d-day
What happened after D-Day: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-happened-after-d-day
10 Facts you need to know about D-Day: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-10-things-you-need-to-know-about-d-day
The lies that made D-Day possible: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/the-lies-and-deceptions-that-made-d-day-possible

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Gerd v. Rundstedt image from Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-718-0149-18A / Jesse / CC-BY-SA 3.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en
Geyr v. Schweppenburg image from Szukaj W Archiwach / CC-BY-SA 4.0. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en
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