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David Lusch 

Operation Neptune, June 5 - 6, 1944

Thursday June 6, 2024, 1:30 pm, MSUFCU Mt. Hope Branch

Sneaking more than 2,800 ships past the Germans to the beaches of Normandy - on Thursday, June 6 (the 80th anniversary of D-Day) in the Community Room of the MSUFCU branch on Farm Lane at Mt. Hope. Social time starts at 1:30 pm, lecture from 2 - 3 pm, wrap up from 3 - 3:30 pm

Faculty Emeriti Association Lectures are open to all those interested.

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David Lusch 

Operation Neptune, June 5 - 6, 1944

Thursday June 6, 2024, 80th Anniversary of D-Day, 1:30 pm, MSUFCU Mt. Hope Branch

Sneaking more than 2,800 ships past the Germans to the beaches of Normandy - on Thursday, June 6 (the 80th anniversary of D-Day) in the Community Room of the MSUFCU branch on Farm Lane at Mt. Hope. Social time starts at 1:30 pm, lecture from 2 - 3 pm, wrap up from 3 - 3:30 pm

 Faculty Emeriti Association Lectures are open to all those interested.

 More detail provided by David Lusch and Rick Vogt via the MSURA eNotices

Operation Neptune was the amphibious assault phase of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. A brief overview of Overlord will be presented to set the context, but the main focus of this lecture will be several Operation Neptune missions that were conducted on 5 – 6 June 1944. The Operation Fortitude – South deceptions involving the fictitious First United States Army Group will be summarized, as well.

The cross-channel fleet contained over 2,700 vessels. Just before dawn on 5 June 1944, most of these vessels sailed from their various home ports heading to the congested assembly area SE of the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. Based on the book and movie, The Longest Day, a widely held belief is that the Germans relied mostly on visual observations to detect any invasion fleet.  In reality, sophisticated radar was an integral part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defenses. There were more than 80 radar sites along the Normandy coastline. Once the Operation Neptune flotilla embarked from the assembly area, they were all within range of scores of these German radar installations!

This lecture will explore three reasons why the Germans never detected the Allied attack fleet on their radar units: (1) British fighter-bomber destruction of numerous German radar stations during the 30 days leading up to D-Day; (2) airborne and shipborne electronic jamming of German radar sites during the invasion; and (3) a pair of airborne and seaborne ghost fleet spoofing operations east of the D-Day beaches.

From boyhood, David Lusch has been interested in WWII. In 2016, he toured the D-Day battlefields in Normandy for a week, which sparked his interest to dig into the details of Operation Overlord. Dr. Lusch previously presented two other D-Day lectures sponsored by the MSURA, Military History Study Group: Physical Geography Factors that Influenced the D-Day Invasion of Normandy in 2019 and Operation Neptune - Radio Navigation and Minesweeping Led the Way to Normandy in 2021.

Videos of Past Lectures

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