D-Day 1944 (3) Sword Beach & British Airborne Landings by Ken Ford, Howard Gerrard

By Ken Ford, Howard Gerrard

The third name in Osprey's survey of the D-Day landings of global struggle II (1939-1945). At 0016hrs on 6 June 1944 a Horsa glider floor to a halt a trifling 60 yards from the Orne Canal bridge at Bénouville in Normandy. A small workforce of British paratroopers burst from it and stormed the bridge inside mins. The Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe had began. inside of a couple of hours touchdown craft might swarm in the direction of Ouistreham as British third department stormed ashore at Sword seashore. The conflict could then start to holiday via to alleviate the paratroopers. within the 3rd of the D-Day volumes Ken Ford info the attack through British sixth Airborne department and the British landings on Sword seashore that secured the very important left flank of the invasion.

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Leeds' 52 EDWIN P. HOYT Boston financier Robert Herrick gave his yacht for the duration. So did New York's Arthur Lehman of the banking firm, Henry Ford, the auto builder, Huntington Hart& P heir, Joseph Davies, the business magnate, ford, the and Mrs. Jesse Hall Du Pont, of the chemical and muni- A tions company. craft ranged from 36 to 316 feet in length. Thirteen of the largest ones went to the navy, seven to the Coast Guard, the rest to auxiliary service. S. coastal defenses in that winter of 1942.

The power failed, and the radio went dead before Shear could reply to Chatham. it was He tried the auxiliary radio, but out, too. Feeling that the ship was going. Shear ran on deck and jumped over the rail. Indian Arrow went down as he swam away from her side. As the ship sank, flotsam arose from the wreck, including a hatch cover. The operator found this and clung to it. With torpedoing and shelling, the crewmen forward had rushed to the boats and got two boats away before the Indian Arrow went down.

Doenitz was disrupting Anglo-American defenses with just 16 U-boats in service. But Admiral Andrews had almost nothing at all'. Admiral King was playing a double game: Andrews was almost immediately "assigned" three more destroyers. But by now he knew that meant he would have them for a few days, and then they would be jerked away. Once more, in February, the British pressed the Americans to institute the convoy system. They argued that it was the one effective protection against U-boat losses.

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