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Reason for so many American deaths on D-The Nazi found out that the Americans were planning to invade. They put land mines all over the beach along with barbwire. They also had machine guns on top of the clifs.

Contrary to this, the Nazis were unprepared for any invasion, but believed that any attempt for invasion by the allies was going to take place further along the French coast in Calais. They didn't know specifically that the invasion would take place further west along the beach. The actual estimates death toll for the allied forces varies, but is now believed to be around the reagion of 5000, not including wounded or missing. Winston Churchill believed that the death toll was going to be in excess of 20 000, so the death toll is significantly lower, but still very much so high.

If you want to know specifically why the death toll was this high, or specifically why the US toll was high, then it is largely due to the fact that the Americans had the task of taking Omaha beach. Prior to the landings there was a massive bombing of the German defensives, however, what the allies weren't aware of, was the fact that the bombings had missed their target, and had largely been ineffective on the German defenses, particularly around Omaha beach. The US soldiers also had a longer stretch of beach to traverse. When you bear that in mind with the fact that the German defenses were still in tact, it explains why the toll was that high. hope this helps

Hello one other reason the German machine guns that were being used were a 30 caliber stien gun that fired upward of 800 rpm one German machinegunner fired over 200000 rounds at the invading allies i also hope this helps

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