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What is the significance of D-Day?

D-Day was significant because it reestablished a western front for the Allies and provided a huge boost to morale.

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The significance of the D-Day landings lies in the fact that they represented a major turning point in the war. In retrospect, D-Day can be said to have marked the beginning of the end of World War II. Up until the Allied invasion of Normandy, the United States and Great Britain had been mainly concerned with slowing down the German advance in Europe. But now they were able to go on the offensive, taking the fight to Hitler's Germany in the lands it had occupied.

Once the Allies had successfully completed the invasion of Normandy, they were able to establish a firm foothold in Western Europe, leaving Hitler to face his worst nightmare: a war on two fronts. With the Allies making their way across France, the Germans now found themselves caught in a pincer movement between the Americans and the British in the West and the Soviet Union in the East.

D-Day had an enormous and immediate impact on German strategy. Hitler had no choice but to transfer whole divisions from Russia to France in...

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There are a list of reasons that D-Day is a historically significant point of WWII.  First of all, there was a significant amount of misinformation that was released by the Allies before D-Day ever began.  Part of this plan was showing videos of Patton preparing his "army" to invade in a separate part of France.  However, most of his vehicles were blow up models of war machinery, and he had very few troops even in that area.

   Another, key reason that this event was significant is it gave the Allies a foothold in Europe for the remainder of WWII.  This foothold would give them a launching point for which to push back the Germans.  Equally important, about this event is that it was the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted.  While the loss of life was extremely high the invasion was considered an overwhelming success by commanders.  Finally, this event is considered a point of national pride due to its overwhelming success, and the amount of soldiers who gave their lives to see the mission through.