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Operation Overlord

What do you know about Operation Overlord?
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1) Operation Overlord was the phase in the Western front of World War II that was fought in 1944 between German forces and the invading Allied forces. The campaign began with Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944 (commonly known as D-Day), among the largest amphibious assaults ever conducted when nearly three million troops crossed the English Channel and ended on August 25, 1944, with the liberation of Paris.Alan's Dad (WW2 Vet) - Trivia powered by ABE.  Did you know...
What event does some historians believe was the end of Operation Overlord?

  1. Battle for Caen
  2. Battle of Cherbourg
  3. Operation Cobra

2) The Battle of Cherbourg was part of the Battle of Normandy during World War II. It was fought immediately after the successful Allied landings on June 6, 1944.
Who commanded the American forces?

  1. Friedrich Dollman
  2. J. Lawton Collins
  3. Edward R. Morrow

3) When Montebourg collapsed, American troops found several large caches of V-1 flying bombs were discovered in addition to a V-2 rocket installation at Brix.

  • True or False?

4) Originally the Allies aimed to take the French city of Caen, one of the largest cities in Normandy on D-Day +5.

  • True or False?

5) The first attempt to capture Caen was by direct assault from Sword Beach from the assaulting landing on June 6. The attack was stopped by the The 21st Panzer Division.
Who was the assaulting division?

  1. 1st Infantry Division (UK)
  2. 3rd Infantry Division (UK)
  3. 10th Infantry Division (UK)

6) Today there is a British military cemetery in Tilly-sur-Seulles, as well as a museum that gives information about the battle.  Nearby is the smallest military cemetery in Normandy.
What is the smallest cemetery named?

  1. Tilly-sur-Seulles Cemetery
  2. Jerusalem War Cemetery
  3. Saving Heaven Cemetery

7) It began as Operation Epsom.  Three attacks were carried out by British and Canadian units of VIII Corps.
What was the day the operation began?

  1. June 15
  2. June 26
  3. July 1

8) An operation planned by United States Army General Omar Bradley for the break out from the Normandy area after the previous month's D-Day landings.
What was the codename?

  1. Operation Tiger
  2. Operation Cobra
  3. Operation Custer

9) At noon on August 1, the U.S. 3rd Army was activated, taking control of the VIII Corps as planned prior to the invasion.
Who commanded the 3rd Army?

  1. General George S. Patton
  2. General Courtney Hodges
  3. General Omar Bradley

10) During August 1944, the area between the four towns of Trun, Argentan, Vimoutiers and Chambois near Falaise in France, in which Allied forces tried to encircle and destroy the German Seventh Army and Fifth Panzer Army as part of the larger Battle of Normandy, during World War II.
What was the region known as?

  1. Falaise pocket
  2. Keman Gap
  3. Match pocket

Operation Overlord [Answers]

1) C. 2) B. 3) True 4) False.  The goal was capture on D-Day. 5) B. 6) B. 7) B. 8) B. 9) A. 10) A.

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