It was part of Operation Overlord, the code name for the Allied invasion of north-west Europe; whilst Operation Neptune was the assault phase
of this invasion.
Firstly, a six-week-long aviation assault phase
in the insurgent-held areas of the northern Nad-e Ali District, prepared the ground for follow-on operations.
Forgotten Wings is organized chronologically into three sections: 1) pre-war American program implementation, glider production, and stateside aircrew training; 2) Operation Neptune (the assault phase
of Operation Overlord) glider operations; and 3) glider actions supporting Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France.
Juno was very much a Canadian beach, with Rod Keller's 3rd Canadian Division providing 15,000 of the 24,000 men who landed there during the assault phase
and its immediate aftermath; No.
No ford sites were available in the 2BCT zone of attack, and the division planned to conduct the assault phase
at the Arapaho crossing site using dismounted infantry in 15-person rubber boats (RB-15s).
The new assault phase
will involve low-level flying which will mean increased risks for pilots.
commented, "The CH-53E Sea Stallion upgrade program was initially designed to further enhance the aircraft's flight worthiness for the successful transport of equipment, supplies, and personnel during the assault phase
of an amphibious operation and subsequent critical offshore operational missions.