In December 1943 with the emerging recognition that the Allies are making plans to invade Citadel Europe, Box Marshal Erwin Rommel is assigned the identify of Normal Inspector for the Atlantic Wall. His challenge is to verify their readiness.
What he reveals disgusts him. The famed Atlantikwall is not anything however a paper tiger, woefully unprepared for the forces being massed around the English Channel. His activity—to show again the Allied invasion—already turns out hopeless.
His awesome, theater commander, crusty antique Box Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, who had led the Reich to victory within the early years of the struggle, is now uninterested with the entire Nazi regime. He lives conveniently in a luxurious villa in a quiet Paris suburb, looking forward to the inevitable Allied invasion with a purpose to lead to their ultimate defeat.
General der Artillerie Erich Marcks, badly injured in Russia, is the corps commander at the flooring in Normandy, looking to building up the coastal defenses with woefully insufficient provides and a scarcity of guys to satisfy Rommel’s calls for. Marcks is yes that the Allies will land in his sector, however nobody upper up the chain of command turns out taken with what he thinks.
Meanwhile, aristocratic Generaloberst Hans von Salmuth, an outspoken, cocky, skilled veteran of the Russian Entrance, has been given accountability for protecting 15th Military’s sea coast at Calais—the realm that the Prime Command thinks is perhaps to be the Allies’ purpose. Normal der Panzertruppen Geyr von Schweppenburg is making ready the élite panzer divisions for what would possibly lie beforehand. Generalmajor Max Pemsel struggles in coordinating efforts to organize 7th Military, suspecting that if an invasion comes he would be the hub of the German reaction. All the Western Theater commanders are matter to the whims of Adolf Hitler, loads of miles away however frequently issuing orders more and more divorced from the truth of the struggle.
Countdown to D-Day takes an in depth day by day magazine method tracing the day-to-day actions and machinations of the German Prime Command as they are trying to organize for the Allied invasion.