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Writing a narrtive essay (20 POINTS)
please help me to write a narrative essay on one of the following topics (2 Pages typed double spaces):
1)The story of your education
2) Your idea of a perfect day
3) The plot summary of a terrible book or movie
4)A time when you had to make a split-second decision
5) Your first confrontation with authority
6) An important historical events
7) A day everything went wrong
8)A story from your family's history
9) A biography of your pet
- MatthewLv 51 十年前最愛解答
6) The Battle of Normandy
The Normandy invasion took place in the Bay of the Seine, on the south side of the English Channel between the Cotentin Peninsula and the port of Le Havre. Some fifty-five miles broad and twenty deep, its waters were shallow, had a considerable tidal range, and, when the wind blew from the northward, could be very choppy. The planned landing beaches covered about forty-five miles of the Bay's shoreline. Westernmost was "Utah" Area, stretching eight miles southward along the low-lying southeastern coast of the Cotentin Peninsula. Directly to the east was "Omaha" Area, covering twelve miles of generally hilly terrain. United States forces were assigned to take both of those areas, with important assistance from the navies of Great Britain and other Allies. British and Canadian troops would assault the areas code-named "Gold", "Juno", and "Sword", which ran twenty miles eastward from "Omaha". This sector ended at the mouth of the Orne River, some fifteen miles west of Le Havre, where the German Navy based a group of potentially very dangerous torpedo boats.
The actual landing beaches occupied a fraction of the width of each area, but were intended to provide sufficient initial footholds to allow rapid reinforcement and expansion inland, with the attacking soldiers joining their flanks to create a continuous beachhead perimeter before the enemy could mount a major counterattack. Each area would be assaulted by approximately one army division, with initial landings being made by much smaller units at 6:30AM in the American areas and about an hour later in the British. Their arrival on the shore was to follow a bombardment by ships' guns and aircraft ordnance, kept relatively brief to maintain as much as possible of the element of surprise. As a result, German shore defenses frequently remained intact, and would prove troublesome to both the landing forces and ships offshore.
To protect the invasion zone's western extremity, and to facilitate the "Utah" landing force's movement into the Cotentin Peninsula, the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions descended by parachute and glider in the small hours of "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Though badly scattered and lacking much of their equipment, these brave paratroopers kept the Germans occupied and helped ensure that the "Utah" Beach assault went relatively easily. The British and Canadian attacks, assisted by an air-dropped division on their eastern flank and a longer naval bombardment, generally also went well.
Not so in the "Omaha" area, where deep beaches backed by steep hills meant that the U.S. troops landing there were exposed to withering fire from enemy small arms, machine guns and artillery. Casualties were very heavy and the assult only succeeded after a day of brutal fighting, with warships coming in close to provide direct gunfire in support of the hard-pressed soldiers.
By nightfall on the sixth of June, the situation was favorable, even on Omaha. Entered the popular culture as THE "D-Day", a name it has retained ever since.
- ?Lv 71 十年前
A time when I had to make a split-second decision; it happened four years ago. It was a bright and clear day when I was walking to work as usual. I passed by the 5th Avenue, the Times Square, China Town... I stopped by a Starbucks and bought myself a nice, hot Caffe Latte. Everything was just so fine. I got back to the office building at half past eight, I met Thomas Baker at the evalator. Baker was the Senior Manager of the Accounting Department; he was very dressed that day in a black suit. Holding his briefcase and a laptop, he walked elegantly into the lift. I nodded to him and said 'good morning' and he replied with a warm smile. Before I pressed the elevator button, I suddenly remembered I left my purse at the Starbuck's counter. With a split-second decision, I dashed out of the lift with a little bit of embaressment. I ran around the corner to the Starbucks where I bought my coffee and the cashier who recognised me, handed me my purse immediately. I thanked the girl and ran back to my office building. Just then, I saw a few fire engines parked near the building and there were a few teams of fire fighters getting ready for their mission. 'Tell the folks not to go back up the building!' one of the firemen shouted. He looked very nervous while directing the other firemen to rescue people in the building. 'All those who are in the lobby... exit immediately... ' without thinking much, I saw some people screaming and crying while they were evaculating the building...
After that day, I have not seen Baker anymore. He died when the Twin Tower tumbled in the 911.