in The War Complex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780226808550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226808796 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on D-Day, which remains the major American point of entry into the memory of World War II. Like its entry into World War I, the U.S. entrance into land combat in Western Europe came very late. Americans had fought for years in the Pacific and had already landed in Italy, capturing Rome at roughly the same time as Operation Overlord; they would fight in Europe for almost a year after D-Day, including the very difficult and costly Battle of the Bulge. Still, D-Day has come to represent the United States' most significant land presence in the Nazi war. After 1945, it came to justify the triumph of American wealth and power and to naturalize the story of American triumphalism, which leads strongly from 1945 to the present.

Keywords: D-Day; World War II; Western Europe; Operation Overlord; Nazi war; American wealth

Chapter.  10142 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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