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The World at War - Series

The World at War - Series American History Famous Historical Events Social Studies World War II World History Film

Before meteorologists had computerized weather models to help them predict weather in the UK, it was very difficult to make the right calls. The British Isles are located at a place on the planet where even the most subtle wind-direction changes can make a significant difference in the weather.

When Allied Commanders were planning the start of the Normandy invasion, in early June of 1944, a great deal depended on accurate weather forecasts. Storms had rolled through the south of England, and across the Channel, delivering strong winds and high seas on June 5. If German commanders believed that Channel-crossing conditions were too bad, on the 6th of June, who could have disagreed?

But Dr. James Stagg saw a slight improvement in the weather which translated into one of the most-famous weather forecasts in history. He advised General Eisenhower that launching the invasion on the 5th of June would be too dangerous, but launching on the 6th made sense.

That forecast led to a turning-point in the war. Learn about it, and other significant events, in “The World at War.”


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