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What’s in a Name like “Operation Overlord?”

This map of the air plan for the Allied landings in Normandy on the 6th of June, 1944, is from Royal Air Force 1939-1945. Volume III: The Fight is Won (by Hilary St. George Saunders). The image appears at page 115; its Crown Copyright has now expired. Click on the image for a full-page view.

 

When the Allies began to plan the Normandy Invasion, the commanders named the mission “Operation Overlord.”

What does “overlord” mean to you?

Do you think “Operation Overlord” was a good name in light of the mission’s objectives? Explain your answer.

If you had to change the name of the Operation to something else, what would you call it? Why?


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