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Subject: British Ultra Intel just before D-Day rss

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Shortly before 6 June Eisenhower was summoned to Ultra HQ for an intel briefing of the upmost importance. Seems the Germans had moved in a Division to the Cotentin Peninsula at Normandy. The problem was this division was specifically designed to repel para infantry. When Eisenhower realized this unit was in the path of the 82nd Airborne Division he reportedly gasped and had to sit down. Operation Overlord was too close to execution however and not a thing could be done. Imagine keeping that to yourself. This is historically confirmed citing the arrival date to the area of the 91st and the exceptional number of para units attached...

I see now that operation Overlord was planned prior to the arrival of the 91st. That really changes how it is viewed somewhat doesn't it?
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Mike Whittemore
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They actually changed the plan based on that intel. The 82nd was supposed to land on the west side of the Contentin. With the arrival of the new division, they changed the plan and went for a less ambitious drop, placing the 82nd adjacent to the 101st.
 
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Interesting, I had no idea.
 
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Joey,

Yes. The 82nd was originally supposed to land near La-Haye-du-Puits to completely sever the Cotentin.
 
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...seems the Germans were doing their homework. I wonder if they wargamed it out and realized the peninsula could so easily be cut off?

No wonder Ike chose Normandy, without the 91st around it's a sure bet to isolate Cherbourg and have a port. I think I'd need to take a seat too if you dropped a bombshell on me last minute like that for such a large effort...
 
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