Operation Overlord
Part of World War II
Date 6 June - 25 August 1944
Location Normandy, France
Result Decisive Allied strategic victory
USA48starUnited States

BritainUnited Kingdom
Dominion CanadaCanada
BelgiumFree Belgium Forces
CzechFree Czechoslovak Forces
FreeFranceFree French Forces
FranceflagFrench Resistance
GreeceFree Greek Forces
LuxembourgFree Luxembourgish Forces
NetherlandsflagFree Dutch Forces
NewZealandNew Zealand
NorwayFree Norwegian Forces
RepublicPolandFlagFree Polish Forces

Nazi Germany FlagGermany
Commanders and leaders
USArmySealDwight Eisenhower

800px-Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgArthur Tedder
675px-BritishArmyFlag2.svgBernard Montgomery
800px-Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svgTrafford Leigh-Mallory
RoyalNavyBertram Ramsay

BalkenkreuzGerd von Rundstedt

BalkenkreuzErwin Rommel

Operation Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II. The operation commenced on 6 June 1944 with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day). A 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than three million allied troops were in France by the end of August.

Operation: Overlord in Joe SteeleEdit

During the Basra Conference, Vince Scriabin and Maxim Litvinov got into a row over opening a Second Front in Europe. The Soviets had wanted Britain and the U.S. to invade France in 1943 but it hadn't happened. This invasion was stalled more by British PM Winston Churchill than by U.S. President Joe Steele since the former remembered the bloodbath from the previous war.[1]

In the event, the invasion did take place in 1944. Along with U.S. and British troops, Canadian and Free Polish troops took part. It was planned and led by General Omar Bradley. While bloody, it was successful leading to the eventual liberation of France and the defeat of Germany.[2]

Literary CommentEdit

In the short story, President Steele was reluctant to commit US forces to Operation: Overlord, preferring that Germany and the Soviet Union pound on each other. However, once it was clear that the USSR had the upper hand, Steele pushed ahead with Overlord for fear of Soviet domination in Europe.

Dwight Eisenhower was the supreme commander in the short story as in OTL, rather than Omar Bradley. In the novel Eisenhower leads the Army in the Pacific Theater.

Operation: Overlord in "Ready for the Fatherland"Edit

In the aftermath of the separate peace concluded between Germany and the Soviet Union in 1943, and the redeployment of all Eastern Front Wehrmacht troops to the west, Operation Overlord proved to be a disaster for US and British forces, who were driven back into the sea.


  1. Joe Steele, pgs. 280-281, HC.
  2. Ibid, pg. 290.

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