In command of all Allied forces was General Dwight D.
Eisenhower. However, it was Frederick Edgeworth Morgan Chief of Staff
to the Supreme Allied Commander (COSSAC), who originally planned Operation
United Kingdom Land Forces:
The leader of the 21st Army Group, the combined allied
land forces that participated in the Normandy Invasion, was General
Sir Bernard L. Montgomery. The United Kingdom land forces designated
2nd British Army, which was made up of British, Canadian and Polish
troops, was placed under the command of Lieutenant General Miles Christopher
Glider drop over France, behind enemy
lines, the night of June 6, 1944.
Royal Air Forces:
In charge of the Allied Expeditionary Air Forces was Air Marshal Sir
Eastern Naval Task Force:
In charge of the Allied Expeditionary Naval Forces, including
the British Eastern Task Force, was Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay. The
Expeditionary Naval Forces were used mainly as support and for transportation,
using their naval guns as mobile artillery for the assaulting troops
and ferrying troops across the English Channel, therefore, they shall
not be discussed separately.
British Secret Service:
Frederick William Winterbotham, a Commander of the British
Empire and a British secret service official played a key role in WWII
and especially in Normandy.