The 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Planning D-Day

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The phantom army near Dover, England, was commanded by General George S. Patton, the American general whom the Nazis considered the logical man to lead a cross-Channel invasion.

This article is the second in a series of four to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. The subsequent articles about the operation, code-named Overlord, will recall the preparation and the execution of D-Day.

In January 1943, at Casablanca, the fourth British-American summit conference endorsed an invasion of Germany via Northern France.