By Paul Reed

Paul Reed’s most up-to-date battlefield jogging consultant covers the location of the biggest amphibious invasion of all time, step one within the Allied liberation of France and the remainder of northwest Europe. The locations linked to the landings at the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 are one of the so much memorable battlefield customer can discover. they offer a desirable perception into the size and complexity of the Allied venture and the level of the German defenses – and into the severe episodes within the struggling with that made up our minds no matter if the Allies may achieve a foothold or be thrown again into the ocean. all of the most crucial websites are featured, from Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, Ouistrehem and Longues Battery to Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah seashores, Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église.

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The plan to land the gliders so close to the bridges made many think the latter situation was more likely. In case one or more of the bridges had been blown it would also mean a water crossing to secure the area, so Pine-Coffin’s men would be detailed to carry boats into battle as well as their own gear. With training over, the final briefing was made in the last hours leading up to D-Day when the exact locations could be revealed. By 2230 on 5 June, the 7th Bn was airborne in thirty-three Stirling bombers adapted for parachute drops.

They came through in grand style and their mere numbers were sufficient to keep the snipers quiet for an hour or so . . at 2pm the piper led the way across the bridge, skirling away on his pipes, followed by Lord Lovat. 17 With the initial link-up between the seaborne and airborne troops complete, a further wait ensued for Pine-Coffin and his men, as units of 3rd Division from SWORD Beach eventually made contact with the defence perimeter. However, instead of infantry arriving to relieve them, the first men from 3rd Division were Royal Army Service Corps lorry drivers and the driver of a Royal Engineers bulldozer from 79th (Armoured) Division.

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