As seen on the BBC today, had to put this one up as it is interesting as it ever gets on good ol’ beeb site I thought anyways..
“5. Rommel’s shoes
In fact, the forecast was so bad that the German commander in Normandy, Erwin Rommel, felt so sure there wouldn’t be an invasion he went home to give his wife a pair of shoes for her 50th birthday.
He was in Germany when the news came of the invasion.”
“6. Sleeping Hitler
When the D-Day forces landed, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was asleep.
None of his generals dared order reinforcements without his permission, and no-one dared wake him.
Crucial hours were lost in the battle to hold Normandy.
When Hitler did finally wake up, at around 10am, he was excited at news of the invasion – he thought Germany would easily defeat the Allies.”
“9. Smashed toilets
The vibration of HMS Belfast’s guns firing during D-Day was so powerful it actually cracked the crew’s toilets.”