The Normandy Landings

The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, was a grand showcase of military logistics based on massive clockwork planning, backed by excellent military watches

Tuesday, 6 June 1944.

The massive Allied naval force in over 5,000 landing ships under direct British command surge towards the Normandy coast, north-west of France. It was the final phase of the campaign to knock down Nazi Germany and liberate Western Europe.

At the end of the Battle, close to 3 million military personnel was said to have crossed the Strait of Dover from Britain, and the Allied Invasion of Normandy was the largest amphibious invasion ever in world history.

The Operation commenced with midnight airborne assault landings, followed by air raids and bombardments by warships on designated landing points.

The amphibious landings subsequently commenced at 6.30 AM.

A key critical requirement of the operation was the ability to assemble and mobilize massive supplies and material with pinpoint accuracy, all conducted in the midst of air raids and bombardments by warships.

Detailed time management was imperative in order to transport the massive number of soldiers and material as planned. Scrupulously calculated time schedules to the minutest details were critical.

Military watches, therefore, played a very critical role in determining the success of the Operation.

The Normandy landings took place along a 80 km (50 mile) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors. Massive amount of material and supplies had to be transported swiftly while suppressing enemy activities.

Obviously, it would be absolutely disastrous if the landings were executed without strict adherence to planned time schedules and precise time management.

And it would be disastrous, if excellent military watches had not already been created and evolved from its original "women accessory" identity by then.

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