When the Allies crossed the Channel they risked on the first day:
» 4,000 ships, not counting small craft.
» Twelve battleshipsas many as the entire 1940 U.S. Pacific fleet hadplus cruisers and 80 destroyers as escort (according to German reports).
» 7,500 planes and 31,000 airmenin indifferent flying weatherduring the first eight hours.
» Four airborne divisions and two parachute divisions 60,000 to 90,000 airborne troops (also according to German reports).
» Thousands upon thousands more of troops in vulnerable landing craft.
Even if the German reports were exaggerated, the losses thus risked were...