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Routes From the English Coast to the Picadilly Circus Location

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Winston Churchill called "Operation Overlord" the "most difficult and complicated operation that has ever taken place."

Nearly 5,000 vessels ferried the assault troops (who had been training in various parts of Britain) from the south of England to Normandy.  On the 5th of June, 1944, these ships and boats headed for an assembly point, called "Picadilly Circus."

Once underway, the fleet was an impressive sight.  Looking down on the scene below, an American pilot who was flying his bomber across the Channel, was stunned at the number of ships:

We could see the battleships firing at the coast.  And literally you could have walked, if you took big steps, from one side of the Channel to the other.  There were that many ships out there.  (See page 75 of America at D-Day: A Book of Remembrance, compiled by Richard Goldstein.) 


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