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COSSAC developed a number of plans for the Allies; most notable was that of Operation Overlord, a full-scale invasion of France across the English Channel. Eisenhower felt that COSSAC's plan was a sound operation. After reviewing the bad hit-and-run raid in 1942 in Dieppe, planners decided that the strength of German defenses required not a number of separate assaults by relatively small units but an immense concentration of power in a single main landing...
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The invasion site would have to be close to at least one major port and airbase to allow for efficient supply lines. Possible sites included among others, the Pas de Calais across the Strait of Dover, and the beaches of Cotentin. The Allies decided that the beaches of Cotentin would be the landing sites for Operation Overlord...
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