Although a lot of the operations planned for Gold Beach went array, a few great things did occur. A few of which, carried out by CSM Stanley Hollis, were so extraordinary that they enabled him to be awarded with the only Victoria Cross to be awarded the entire day of June 6, Hollis of the 6th company was ordered to check out some pillboxes small German machine-gun bunkers. A few of his officers were sent in to investigate and "when they were twenty yards from the pillbox, a machine gun opened fire from the slit and CSM Hollis instantly rushed straight at the pillbox, recharged his magazine, threw a grenade in through the door and fired his Sten gun into it, killing two Germans and making the remainder prisoner.
He then cleared several Germans from a neighbouring trench. After learning that some of his men were still cornered in a nearby house Hollis ran at the Germans with his gun firing allowing the men to escape.
By the end of the day most of the D-day objectives had failed but three brigades were ready to push farther inland at sunlight. The beach was secured and ready for reinforcements. Unfortunately Bayeux was not taken but most of the area's hidden bunkers and trenches were. Some in fact were found to be manned by unwilling Asiatic conscripts from the southern Soviet republics who were put there by Germans.
Juno Beach Juno beach was Canada's beach with over 21, Canadians landing there. Not unlike other beaches Juno's H-hour was delayed until Later on the "shoals" turned out to be masses of floating seaweed. The beach itself was wide enough to land two brigades side by side, the Canadian 7th at Courseulles and the 8th at Bernieres. The decision to wait until caused more problems than it solved. The rising tide hid most of the beach obstacles meaning two things: it was dangerous for the landing craft to come ashore and the demolition crews couldn't get at the obstacles to make room for the landing craft.
Thirty percent of all the landing craft at Juno beach on D-day were disabled in beach obstacle related incidents. One such example was when one craft started to disembark troops a wave threw the craft onto a mined beach obstacle. Like at most of the beaches that day, armoured divisions started to bring their tanks in on the landing craft but like on all the other beaches this caused problems.
The Regina Rifles, one of the first groups to land, had to wait twenty minutes on the beach without the aid of any tanks or heavy artillery. Due to heavy seas and tanks coming in on the landing craft it "meant that people who should have been in front were behind. They chose a position at sea which was only seven or eight miles out instead of the distance most other beach operations were using of about eleven miles.
This greatly increased the speed and accuracy of the landings and the first Canadian wave was on the beach by Once on the beach the amount of German defences surprised the allied forces, once again the air assault on the German gunneries were not as successful as planned. However, like at Gold beach the Canadians did find out that the firepower of their tanks were the difference between being able to push inland and being pinned down at the beach.
After the main beach defences of the Germans were taken the inland push became slower and slower the farther south they got. A few of the main objectives were successful. The 3rd division reach the Caen- Bayeux road and a lot of French towns were liberated. The French residents " were very welcoming and greeted us heartily in the midst of the ruins of their homes.
The Canadians found increased resistance the closer they got and in that aspect their D-day mission did not succeed. As night fell the Canadians were still well short of a lot of objectives. They did get their tanks on the Caen-Bayeux road but that was about it. The British 3rd division from Sword beach was planned to meet up with the Canadians in order to close the gap between Juno and Sword beaches but they never showed.
This left a two mile gap in the beaches and would be the area of the only German counterattack of the day. The other linkup between beaches was successful as Canadians met the 50th division from Gold beach. Overall the Canadians didn't get all that far but were in a good position to move inland. Sword Beach Sword beach was the easternmost beach in Normandy. Like at Juno Beach H-hour was again postponed because of "shoals" until The main objective at Sword beach was to advance and invade the German strongpoint of Caen.
Four whole brigades of the 3rd division were sent to Caen. There were also airborne divisions that dropped behind lines using large gliders which could carry troops as well as other armoured vehicles. Those groups not supposed to head toward Caen were planned to reach the airborne divisions and secure the area's bridges from counterattack.
Even as the Canadians moved inland trouble was developing back at the beach. Although all the DD tanks made it to the beach the tide was turning the already small beach into one with only ten yards from the seafront to the water's edge. With only one road off the beach the overcrowding caused delay's in most objective's for that day. Some of the armoured divisions like the 27th armoured Brigade abandoned their objectives in order to bail out infantry pinned down on the crowded beaches.
Those who did make it off the beach in time were quite successful in reaching their D-day objectives. By late afternoon the leading troops of the brigades heading for Caen had reached and liberated the towns of Beuville and Bieville which were only two or so miles short of Caen. Strongpoints like the one at La Breche were taken as early as Those troops that didn't make it off the beach in time like the th Brigade had to leave all their heavy equipment behind in order to catch up with the forces already nearing Caen.
The move inland was really looking quite promising until the Germans launched the only counterattack of the day. The 21st Panzer division was sent out from Caen, half to take on the southward allies and the other half to head right up between Juno and Sword beach where that two mile of beach was unoccupied by allied forces. Fifty German tanks faced the brigades heading for Caen. Luckily the British were ready with artillery, fighter-bombers and a special "Firefly" Sherman tank that was fitted with a seventeen pound anti-tank gun instead of the normal seventy-five mm.
Soon thirteen of the German tanks were destroyed with only one M tank destroyer damaged. This just went to show that the British were "slow in advance but almost unbreakable in defence. The Germans looked up and saw about two hundred and fifty gliders fly in and land behind them. The allies now were attacking from two directions and the only German counterattack ended quickly. By the end of the day the German resistance at Sword beach was almost obliterated other than at Caen.
A lot of the success was because of the joint effort of airborne divisions and divisions landing on the beach. Of the 6, troops of the 6th airborne that landed there were only casualties.
Unfortunately Caen was not taken but it's liberation was imminent. D-Day Air Battle D-day was not only a day of troops landing on the beaches of Normandy and moving inland liberating France. Without the aid of the thousands of planes Operation Overlord could not have gone as planned.
As early as the spring of planes flew over German ruled France taking photographs of the defences. During the ten week period before June 6 countless missions were flown with objectives of taking out German radar installations. There were also hundreds of attacks on the railways of the area in order to immobilize the forces. Of the 2, locomotives that were in the area the year before 1, of them were destroyed or disabled by allied bombings.
By the eve of D-day the allies had 2, heavy bombers, 1, light bombers and 3, fighter planes and fighter-bombers. They also had 56 special night bombers. When June 6, came around all the squadrons of planes involved had their missions just as the landing infantry divisions had their's. Without whom there would have some serious repercussions on the entire operation.
At all times there twenty anti-submarine planes patrolling the area and protecting the force who would have been sitting ducks for any German U-boats that would have gotten into the area. The Germans were advancing, pushing outwards and taking more of Europe. The German troops greatly outnumbered those of the Allies.
Churchill knew that the only way to stop Adolf Hitler and the Nazis was to gain a front in Europe and attack the Germans at home. He began to plan a Normandy invasion. At the time, the global conflict known as World War II had been brutally raging on for over two years. American forces had managed to stay out of the war. However, when the Japanese bombed the naval base in Hawaii, at Pearl Harbor, the Americans could no longer hold out. If the invasion failed, the United States, being out of resources, might turn its full attention to the enemy in the Pacific, Japan, leaving Britain alone, with most of its resources during the invasion.
Instead he sent General Omar N. Bradley, one of the commanders of the landings. Congress had already begun impeachment hearings against him on charges of obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress arising from the Watergate affair.
Nixon would resign in August , and Presidential attention for the rest of the s was directed at the aftermath of Vietnam and at new crisis like those involving the U.
Embassy in Teheran. The moment for actively reinvigorating the memory of World War II had not yet arrived. He also prepared taped remarks on D-Day for broadcast on French television. Embassy in Paris, she laid a wreath at the memorial statue in the U. He would tell you how we can best insure that other young men on other beaches and other fields will not have to die.
And I think he would tell you of his ideas for nuclear peace. But this time the crowd was no longer small. Speaking at the Ranger Monument at Pointe du Hoc at p. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe.
Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting, only ninety could still bear arms. The United States did its part, creating the Marshall plan to help rebuild our allies and our former enemies.
The Marshall plan led to the Atlantic alliance -- a great alliance that serves to this day as our shield for freedom, for prosperity, and for peace. The great sadness of this loss echoes down to our own time in the streets of Warsaw, Prague, and East Berlin. Soviet troops that came to the center of this continent did not leave when peace came. They're still there, uninvited, unwanted, unyielding, almost 40 years after the war.
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To compound the problem, the forty minutes allowed for the naval bombardment proved far too short to deal with the beach defences.
On the beach codenamed Utah the American 1st army held a firm beachhead with several divisions already receiving the supplies they needed and would soon be ready to move inland. The United States would take four divisions to Utah and, one division to Omaha.
In all too many cases, the landing craft had come to a halt on a sandbar short of the beach.
Fortunately, the beach and it's surroundings had become the victim of a large sea launched missile attack clearing most of the German defences. The problem was that not everything went according to plan and they were unable to take the city and Americans who were supposed to help in the fight inland by moving through the North-west flank of the area never showed up.
Almost all the radios failed to work as a result of seawater, and this contributed greatly to the chaos. The final soccer game of the season was on April 5th, it was a bitter sweet feeling.
The 5th met the fate of many battalions as the landed on the wrong beach.