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By L-Cmdr Ethan R. Williams

In overdue 1943, the British military ordered the veteran seventh Armored, 51st (Highland), and fiftieth (Northumbrian) Divisions to come to the nice Britain to supply strive against skilled troops for the invasion of northwest Europe. On D-Day, the fiftieth department accomplished the majority of its goals. through mid-June, notwithstanding, the fiftieth held positions just a couple of miles past its ultimate D-Day positions. the plain mess ups of the veteran divisions in later operations led many senior leaders to think that those divisions had develop into a legal responsibility. This thesis will review the functionality of the fiftieth department in Normandy through first analyzing the interval sooner than the invasion to figure out the 50th's readiness for struggle, British military doctrine, and guns. The 50th's past wrestle studies and pre-invasion education could be analyzed to figure out the impression that earlier wrestle had at the department. eventually, this thesis will evaluation the functionality of the fiftieth department in particular wrestle engagements in Normandy.

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Criticism of the veteran divisions began to emerge. The failures of the 7th Armored, 50th, and 51st Divisions in mid-June operations and apparent lack of forward progress in July led many senior leaders to believe that these divisions, thought to be an asset before D-Day due to their combat experience, had become a liability. Many thought that these units had lost their combat edge and were no longer effective. Consequently, the 50th Division assumed a supporting role while fresher units took the lead in operations during the later phases of the fighting in Normandy.

While the South Africans took the road, the 50th executed a daring breakout to the west through an Italian division, before sweeping south behind enemy lines and then turning east. {48} The Allied forces eventually held near El Alamein at the beginning of July. Having sustained considerable losses in men and equipment, the 8th Army withdrew the 50th Division from the line and ordered it to construct defenses for Rommel’s anticipated drive on Cairo. From July thru October, the division conducted unit level training and re-fitted, receiving an influx of replacement soldiers from Great Britain.

To lead the ground forces in the invasion, the Allies appointed General Bernard L. Montgomery as the commander of the 21st Army Group (see Appendix A for the D-Day organization of the 21st Army Group). Montgomery, having distinguished himself as a division commander in France in 1940 and as 8th Army commander in North Africa and Italy, immediately made several proposals to General Eisenhower on the invasion plan. His recommendations to expand the seaborne divisions from three to five and to extend the invasion area to include the east coast of the Cotentin peninsula were quickly incorporated into the Overlord plan.

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