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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 8:22 p.m. PST

Too many "what if " here…



Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 8:06 a.m. PST

I think the planners would have gone to Oppenheimer and said "Bob, you know that Manhattan thing. No not the cocktail, the bigger bang for your buck thing….."

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2021 2:26 p.m. PST



ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 9:47 a.m. PST

Outright failure was very unlikely. A more likely scenario would be a failure to expand the initial beachhead and the Germans locking it up tight like they did at Anzio. The invasion forces would have not been withdrawn to save face, but the follow up forces (beyond the minimum needed to defend the beachhead) might have been diverted to reinforce the landings in Southern France. The ultimate outcome might have seen victory delayed a few months, but probably not more.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 10:15 a.m. PST

Once the initial landings achieved lodgement, the only real issue was supply… and the enormous logistics support was there. IF the Germans HAD managed to 'contain' the allied bridgehead… and received massive reinforcement… then they would have been 'bled dry'…BLASTED by allied airpower.
The trick was to establish the bridgehead… and THAT could have gone awry.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2021 11:19 a.m. PST



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