Originally Posted by MonsterZero
Yesterday my German troops crushed the D-Day invasion in Panzer Corps
which makes me wonder: did Germany ever have a realistic chance of stopping the D-Day invasion and pushing the Allies back into the sea, as boasted by Rommel?
In what universe?
IF Hitler had looked into his crystal ball and deduced that the Invasion would come on the Normandy beaches,
AND IF Hitler had ordered that the approaches be systematically reinforced with lots of artillery in casements, machine-guns bunkers, etc,
AND IF this had all been completed in a timely manner,
THEN YES, there is the real possibility that the landing craft and their tenders would have been shot to smithereens. Sink them, and the invasion is over.
That's' how it plays out in a game.
Another alternative timeline is to erase Barbarossa. Without the Eastern Front, Germany would have fared very differently. An invasion in 1944 might have been repulsed.
In the real world, not a chance. The landing beaches were too weakly defended. There were no reinforcements. There was no force available to launch a counterattack. Without air cover, anything that moved was getting plastered, pinning the defenders in place. The only possibility is to annihilate the landing force on the beach. I think Rommel even said that.