An Opportunity to be Better - Chapter 1 Page 2

Experience with General George Patton in Africa and Italy led the German command to conclude he was the Allies' best field commander and would lead any attack. Patton spent the spring of 1944 in and around Dover, England. Seeing him there helped convince the Germans that Calais, France would be the point of an attack, causing them to keep most of their men and military resources near that French port.

General George S. Patton

On the morning of June 6, 1944, British, Canadian and U.S. forces began landing in Normandy, France, far from Calais. They came by ship and by airplane. For some time, the Germans continued to believe that the real attack would be at Calais.

D-Day attack was 200 miles
from where the main German
forces were stationed.

Sainte-Mère-Église, a village of 1,500, was the first community to be liberated.

The red dot indicates the location of Sainte-Mère-Église.