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As I remember, the invasion was to take the German's Atlantic Wall by suprise. Hitler, who by this time was heavily micromanaging his generals, just knew that the Allied forces were going to land at Calais. If we did soften the beachheads with artillery and aerial ordnance, this would have given time to a repositioning of German forces. Normandy was one of the three most weakly protected points of the Atlantic Wall that stretched from Norway to the Bay of Biscay.
I don't think we wanted to show that hand. A softening of am area like Calais would have done little to shift focus, even if it was a red herring, but to deplete assets.

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