By Anthony Tucker-Jones
At 21:00 on nine may perhaps 1940 Codeword Danzig was once issued alerting Adolf Hitler’s airborne troops that they have been approximately to spearhead an assault on Belgium and the Netherlands. day after today his blitzkrieg rolled ahead extraordinary the British Expeditionary strength and the French armies in Belgium and in northern France at Sedan. The determined makes an attempt of the allied armies to stem the Nazi tide proved futile and, as soon as their reserves were exhausted and the remainder forces bring to a halt, Paris lay open. via early June, it used to be all over the place - trapped British, Belgian and French troops have been compelled to evacuate Dunkirk, Calais and Boulogne and the defeated French military agreed to an armistice leaving the rustic divided in . This dramatic tale is proven in a series of over a hundred and fifty historical images that Anthony Tucker-Jones he has chosen for this memorable booklet. the pictures he has selected hide each point of this awesome crusade, yet his major concentration is at the important function performed via the armoured battling automobiles of either side. The e-book is a image list of the destruction wrought through the Wehrmacht’s lightning offensive during the Low nations and France.
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They were back in Oxford, living near a factory, and he hoped there were no bombing raids that night. Beside Howard sat Lieutenant Den Brotheridge, whose wife was pregnant and due to deliver any day (five other men in the company had pregnant wives back in England). Howard had talked Brotheridge into joining the Ox and Bucks, and had selected his platoon for the no. 1 glider because he thought Brotheridge and his platoon about the best in his company. Another reason was that they were mostly Londoners like himself.
The pilot, twenty-four-year-old Staff Sergeant Jim Wall-work, of the Glider Pilot Regiment, anticipated casting off any second now that he had seen the surf breaking over the Norman coast. Beside him his co-pilot, Staff Sergeant John Ainsworth, was concentrating intensely on his stop watch. ' Howard suffered from air sickness and had vomited on every training flight. This flight, however, was an exception. Like his men, he had not been in combat before, but the prospect seemed to calm him more than it shook him.
Gale decided to drop his division east of the Orne River, about five to seven miles inland, in the low ground between the Orne and the River Dives. The main body would gather in and around the village of Ranville, and would guard the bridges over the Orne Canal and River. Specially-trained companies would capture and destroy the four bridges over the River Dives, then fall back on Ranville; others would destroy the German battery at Merville. Central to Gale's plan was taking and holding the bridges over the Orne waterways, without which the 6th Airborne would be unable to receive tanks, trucks, and other equipment from the beaches.