I've just been watching D-Day:The Lost Tapes on Sky. It's a two part documentary and really fascinating! But after hearing about the loss of life which was catastrophic mainly on the beach section of Omaha, I cannot understand how such operations can go so wrong! Before the troops set foot on the beach, the warships were firing hundreds of missiles to take out the German defences on the Atlantic Wall, but the majority of the missiles just fell into the water. Q. Surely they must know the range of the missiles they were firing, as well as how far the warships were offshore ! Paratroopers were sent in behind enemy lines, only that they landed quite a few miles away from where they should have been. Aparently this was down to two reasons:- 1. They flew into a fog bank, so visibility was poor for visual reference for dropping the Paratroopers. 2. The planes came under fire from defences on the Atlantic wall which the warships failed to take out, so the pilots speeded their planes up to try and out manoeuvre the cross fire, but because of this when the Paratroopers left the aircraft they quickly realised that they were going too quick, This was the reason why they landed so off course. As the doors dropped on the landing crafts and the troops jumped into the water, they were supposed to fall behind the newly modified floating tanks for some cover. These tanks were supposed to take out remaining targets on the Atlantic Wall. But the tanks had not been tested in rough seas, so the majority of them just sank. So basically the troops had no cover and the first wave of these troops where taken out by the German machine guns as they pushed forward. Q. Surely these modified tanks should have been tested somewhere on the English coast line in bad weather conditions before being deployed! Another defence mechanism that was supposed to happen at the same time was the Air force, which was to drop bombs in and around the Atlantic Wall to assist the troops. But the bombers were then told not to drop bombs on the beach as the tanks would fall into the holes. So when the bombers flew into the fog bank they dropped their bombs and hoped for the best. That turned out a waste of time, only killing a few French cows in the fields behind the lines. One of the key areas of failure was the loss of contact between the officers and troops on the ground and the commander and senior officers on board the warships, mainly down to radios getting dropped in the water, or damaged through troops diving to the ground under constant fire. So basically as these disasters where happening the commanders did not know that the operation was going so wrong. Q. Why weren't Scouts sent behind the first wave to report back at a safer distance, then the commander would have realised that the missiles had failed to hit the shoreline, then the tanks had failed so the bombers could have dropped their bombs where they were supposed to, before the first wave of troops got onto the beach and so taking out the German gunners at least! All in all it was a total disaster. I would really like to know who was responsible for each of the planning of the failures above. I'm aware Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander, but there would have been quite a few other strategists around him, who really did not seem to have very much co-ordination and backup plans. It honestly seemed all or nothing the way it was planned, it just had to work. But to me it is not very clever to only have one plan which did not seem to have any backups in anyway shape or form. To me these strategists should have been court marshalled for such a large loss of life, which was more than all of the other sectors put together. All of these anomalies were preventable!