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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 9:10 p.m. PST

…More Complex.

"On June 6, 1944, Allied forces from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada launched the largest seaborne invasion in history by landing nearly 160,000 troops on the beaches of Normandy in a single day. This opened the long-awaited second front in the war against Nazi Germany and started the chain of events that ended in the fall of Berlin in May 1945. D-Day was the longest day in that assault and a pivotal moment of the war.

In the intervening period, amphibious assaults have been exceedingly rare. Were one to be carried out today, revolutionary shifts in technology and strategy would make a contemporary amphibious operation radically different.

Comprehensive amphibious assaults like that which touched off the invasion of Normandy are perhaps the most difficult military operations possible. Defenders are often concealed in strong fortifications while attackers are exposed in open fields of fire along the shoreline. Landings require rigorous planning, detailed intelligence and impeccable logistics. Troops must be well trained, motivated and audacious to storm beaches and airdrop behind enemy lines. And in the end, unpredictable weather conditions can easily derail the whole operation. In nearly all cases, casualty rates are high and failure leads to significant strategic consequences…."
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Legion 409 Jun 2018 7:35 a.m. PST

Today we try to not do "Forced Entry" Ops … but we still train for it regardless. And think about … No way should we/could we/allow the huge losses that attacking a fortified beach, DZ,LZ, etc. that would occur. Even with the advanced tech, etc., we have today.

Admittedly we wouldn't need to use the large number of forces as we saw at Normandy, Okinawa, etc. But there are generally better ways to do things today. With both better weapons systems and better TTP, etc., …

deephorse09 Jun 2018 8:07 a.m. PST


Legion 409 Jun 2018 8:14 a.m. PST

Tactics, Techniques, Procedures … sorry I should have made that clearer …

deephorse09 Jun 2018 1:27 p.m. PST

Thanks. Too many TLAs on TMP!

Legion 409 Jun 2018 2:00 p.m. PST

Roger that ! wink

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