By Mark Zuehlke
Sunrise, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 6,500 ships hold 150,000 Allied troops. this is often D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will hurricane 5 seashores. One is code-named Juno seashore. right here, 14,500 Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand subsidized via 3 inn cities. The seashore is seriously safe by way of a seawall, barbed twine, underwater stumbling blocks and 1000's of mines. in the back of those defenses a seriously armed German strength waits within thick concrete pillboxes and deep trenches that bristle with machine-guns and artillery pieces.
About 3,500 Canadians will cleared the path. The destiny of the invasion is of their fingers. They both holiday the German defenses or die attempting. Piling out of small, frail touchdown craft, they try via bullet- and shell-whipped water to realize the sand. And the bloody conflict for Juno seashore begins.
With his trademark you-are-there sort, acclaimed army historian Mark Zuehlke plunges readers right into a bright and robust account of the day-long conflict that positioned the Allies at the march towards victory in international warfare II.
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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.