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D-Day: Whether the Weather Matters
weather map for D Day

Extreme planning was required to coordinate the 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, over 150,000 soldiers, and all the supplies required for the D-Day invasion. General Eisenhower relied on information from weather forecasters and other scientists to determine the best time to successfully invade. One of the six meteorologists, Lawrence Hogben stated, "The outcome of D-Day, perhaps the whole future of the western world rested on those forecasts . . .”
In this program, students will examine primary source artifacts to evaluate the conditions on D-Day and either support or refute Eisenhower’s decision to allow D-Day to commence June 6, 1944.

“The essence of leadership is to get others to do something because they think you want it done and because they know it is worth while doing.”

Dwight Eisenhower

Remarks at the Republican Campaign Picnic, President’s Gettysburg Farm, September 12, 1956