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What’s in a Name?

Code names are a vital part of military planning; another means to maintain security. Operation Sledgehammer was the name given to a proposed landing on the Cherbourg peninsula in 1942 while Operation Jubilee was the codename for the Anglo-Canadian landing at Dieppe in August 1942. Operation Starkey was a plan to invade Europe in 1943, so was Operation Round-Up; Operation Rankin was the scheme to invade early, if the Germans withdrew. Operation Bolero covered the build-up of American forces in Britain.

The two that concern us are Operation Neptune, the naval side of the invasion that ended on the Normandy beaches and Operation Overlord, the land battle.

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