Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2019
Terry Copp, May 15th, 7pm at the Kitchener Public Library
“Preparing for D-Day”
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 his talk, Terry Copp will discuss 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.
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. Most recently,Terry co-authored a new guidebook titled Canadian Battlefields of the Second World War: Dieppe, D-Day, & the Battle of Normandy: A Visitor’s Guide.