If they spent numerous days bombarding the beaches before landing it would allow Germany to move forces, specifically the panzer divisions, toward the beachheads. Surprise was necessary, the faster they could get troops on the ground, establish a foothold, the less likely that the plan to drive them into the sea with panzer divisions could succeed. Once established, there was no getting them out again, so the first few days would really be the most tenuous.Thank you very very much.But as the Luftwaffe and the Kriegsmarine were not very strong,wasn it possible to bomb with the navy and its big guns embarked all the sector during,three,four,five or six days until the total destruction of the défenses ?
Allied naval power was successful at repelling panzer attacks against allied landing beaches in Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio because the shape of the terrain, the beaches were essentially the bottom of a bowl. That meant that the Germans held the high ground and could see the landing beach with ease (allowing them to deliver accurate artillery fire too), but when they advanced downwards to the beach the entire time they were visible to all naval guns in the vicinity. Normandy was different, it was flat. The beaches of Omaha had cliffs, but beyond them it was elevated terrain that the navy couldn't see. At best they could deliver calls for fire by ground observer or spotter aircraft, but that wouldn't have been enough.Thank you very much.But in the german vision,it was imposible counter attack on the beaches with the tanks of the Panzerdivisions;the allied navy would have destroyed everything.
Nobody wanted to defend France, they wanted to destroy the Allied landing by attack. Rundstedt wanted to keep the vast majority of his forces inland, allow the Allies to land, and then defeat them in large scale maneuver warfare, similar to Poland, France, and his performance in 1941 with Army Group South in Barbarossa. However, all those campaigns the Germans had air dominance, in 1944 the Allies would have it, making any maneuver basically impossible. Rommel wanted to defend the beaches and counter attack with panzer divisions, because he knew maneuver was largely impossible (having suffered under allied air superiority in North Africa). But the flaw in his system was the Heer and Waffen SS simply did not have enough panzer divisions to do it, to cover all suspected invasion beaches (Calais, Normandy, Brittany, etc) with sufficient forces on hand, so they had to guess.The best defense of Hitler was in the interior of the grounds,in the purpose to neutralize completely the naval superiority of the allied,exposed to the impossibility to shoot.As the boming raids were of a little efficacity,it was not a big mistake to wait the allied in the "Pas de Calais",because if the debarkment in the east Cotentin would have been a diversion, anallied debarkment in the north would have provoked a disaster for the Wehrmacht and certainly reduced the war of several months.
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