Come hear about the D-Day Miracle – Noel Phelan - - 25 June 2024


In May 1944, the Western Allies were finally prepared to deliver their greatest blow of the war, the long-delayed, cross-channel invasion of northern France, code-named Overlord. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was supreme commander of the operation that ultimately involved the coordinated efforts of 12 nations.


Come and hear Noel delve into many aspects of the planning and execution including

  • The decisions by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.
  • The strategies by both Eisenhower and Rommel.
  • The myriad of German defences.
  • The deception and confusion of the Germans involving Patton.
  • The clever design of lots of military equipment.
  • The construction of an artificial harbour.
  • The scuttling of 70 ships to form a breakwater.
  • The towing and sinking of 210 Phoenix caissons to also form a breakwater.
  • The logistics to land the men and their equipment.
  • The aerial support of 1,000 heavy bombers and fighters.
  • The Naval support of 28 battleships and 56 destroyers.


The meeting will be held at Piato Restaurant 123 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point at 7:00 am. Breakfast is served during the talk.

Ken Preshaw
North Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club
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