Field Marshal von Rundstedt Completely Wrong Forecasting D-Day



5 June 1944

“no immediate prospect of invasion”



von Runstedt

 On 5 June 1944: Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, the German C-in-C for the Western front (Oberfeldshaber West usually abbreviated to OB West) signaled to all subordinate commands and to OKW (German Armed Forces High Command):


“as yet there is no immediate prospect of invasion.”


The Allied landings at Normandy commenced at dawn on the next day, 6 June 1944 – D-Day.

Early on the morning of 6 June 1944, the BBC French Service begin to broadcast to the people of coastal France:

“This is London calling. I bring you an urgent instruction from the Supreme Commander … the lives of many of you depend upon the speed … with which you obey it … leave your towns at once … get as quickly as possible into open country …”


According to Anthony Beevor’s history of D-Day, more French civilians were killed by Allied “friendly fire” than Allied soldiers killed by the Germans.



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