with Terry Copp, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies
Planning the Normandy Invasion--Operation
Overlord--began in 1943 but the elements of the plan greatly changed and
evolved over time. As late as May 1944, important details remained in play as
intelligence from Britain's cryptanalysis program, code named
"Ultra", revealed that the German Army was actively making changes in
Normandy. In this talk, Terry Copp will scrutinize the many elements
influencing the planning of Overlord and its predecessors, including strategic
feasibility and inter-Allied relations, and demonstrate how these high command
decisions affected the men that stormed the beaches of Normandy on that fateful
day - June 6th 1944.
Bio: Terry Copp is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the founder and Director Emeritus of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He is the author of over ten books, including the award-winning Second World War series, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy and Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe 1944-1945. Terry's most recent project was an online e-book on Montreal during the First World War entitled Montreal At War.