Andres Szmulewicz

British Commanders

Supreme Command:

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 Overlord.

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 Depsey.

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 Tafford Leigh-Mallory.

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.