What Was It Like to Cross the Channel En Route to D-Day?

Allied forces had trained for months before beginning their cross-channel journey to France. Many men had been onboard their ships for days, waiting to leave when the weather finally improved.

Imagine you are one of the people who will make the four-hour crossing, of the English Channel, in a boat which tosses you all around, sprays water in your face and generally makes you nauseous, knowing that soon you will face enemy soldiers who will do all they can to end your life.

What thoughts are going through your head during that crossing?

Does the four-hour crossing, in choppy water, help or hinder your personal sense of well-being as you move closer and closer to the Normandy shore? Explain your answer.

If your homeland (for example, America) seems less likely to endure immediate threats from Hitler than Great Britain’s homeland (for example), would that change your attitude about the crossing and your role in the Normandy Invasion? Why, or why not?

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