In this book report I read the book D-Day and tells u about the
time before and the grueling battles that led up to the most
memorable and most important day of this century, June 6, 1944, that
was D-Day. Also I will mention key points and describe to you what
intricate planning and grueling strategy that out smarted the German
forces.

What really decided the outcome of the war was determined by
three things the number of allies, the number of soldiers that where
positioned right so that they could defend each area equally, but the
problem with the German forces was that they conquered so much
land that they couldnít defend it all and that was one main reason the
they lost the war. The last main reason was who had more and better
weaponry. Which the Germans had a big advantage for the first part of
the war. The weapons that they had was the V-2, it was the worlds
first medium-range ballistic missile, it wasnít military weapon at all,
but a terrorist device. They also had invented the ME-262 twin jet
fighter ready for serial production. Its cruising speed was 520 miles
per hour, more than 120 miles an hour faster than any plane the allies
could send against it, and it mounted four 33mm canon it was known
as the Blitz Bomber . When Hitler saw the 262ís capabilities he was
very impressed, but he wanted something that could bomb London.

Another big thing that the Germans used was the B-17 bombers. Hitler
was very pleased with them and they were perfect for the 262ís to
escort them. For example Hitler used the B-17 at the raid of the Berlin

March. He used 1,250 B-17 and had 14 groups of jet fighters (262ís)
and he didnít lose not one plane.

The Americans on the other hand had some weapon advantages
that had been invented by the British, an American ally, that proved
good in the long run such as the LST and the LCT. LST stands for

Landing Ship Tank which was a big ship, as big as a light cruiser, 327
feet, displacing 4,000 tons, but it was flat bottomed thus it was hard to
control... it was capable of grounding and discharging Tanks and

Trucks on shallow beaches. It could carry over a dozen tanks. The

LCT was a 110 ft long. Capable of carrying 4 to 8 tanks across wide
bodies of water, such as the channel, even in rough seas, and
discharging its cargo over a ramp. When America came into the war, it
took on that ask of al LST and most LCT production. In the process
considerably improving the designs. The LSTs and the LCTs became
the work horses of the allies, but the bad thing about them was that
they were extremely slow, cumbersome, and very very easy targets.

The Americans really didnít enjoy having this duty because it took
away from a lot of guns and ammo supply. Winston Churchill
complained with some hostility that " the destinies of two great
empires..... seemed to be tied up in some g**d****d things called

LSTís"

Another big factor of the war was the generals because without
generals then you wouldnít of had have the brilliance behind the two
sides plans of attack. The two soldiers were Dwight Eisenhower and

Erwin Rommel. They were only born a year apart with Dwight being
the oldest. They were both born in small towns. Eisenhower born in

Abilene, Kansas and Rommel on Gmund, Swabia. they were very
athletic and were very active in there child hood so they were and real
good shape. They also had there down falls like Rommel had a
tendency for breaking the rules. Dwightís biggest down fall was that
he was a constant smoker and he was smoking up to four packs a day.

Which he never quit, but despite that he was still a good leader,
mentor, and father to these young soldiers. Lt. Ed There, one of

Eisenhower subortinants, said quote " Our new captain, Eisenhower
by name, is, I believe, one of the most efficient and best Army officers
in the country..... He has given us wonderful bayonet drills. He gets
the fellows imaginations worked up and hollers and yells and makes us
shout and stomp until we go tearing into the air as if we meant
business." (end quote) Rommel had a reputation of being a tough guy,
but he still had people that admired him Rommelís regimental
commander wrote of him in 1934 " Head and shoulders above the
average battalion commander in every respect." In short it is that
generalís are a