By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall
Includes six maps.
This is real tale of father or mother regiment of the well-known "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of millions of yank troops begun their technique towards the forbidding German-defended Normandy coast, their comrades within the 82nd and one hundred and first Airborne divisions had already flown over the Channel and commenced losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a job severe to the good fortune of the full Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown components have been miles of flooded defended ditches and waterways. If the German troops controlled to guard those bottlenecks the american citizens on Utah seashore, on the severe correct of the operation, will be not able to maneuver ahead and may have foundered at the beach.The seize and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan was once good thought-out and could have potentially have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...
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All movement was by the ditches and along the hedges except for occasional dashes across an open field. By now the enemy mortar fire and small arms activity was incessant and flares were going up around St Come Du Mont. The flares were short lasting but very bright. There came more and more of them until finally there were only brief seconds of darkness. The illumination worried Ballard. A few of his men were being picked off by riflemen. He thought that he'd better conclude his roundup quickly and get set in a defensive position.
Johnson told him to go. The party split soon after 0400 and the lieutenant led his group on along the canal. CAPTURE OF THE LOCK Johnson had already put his scouts out. They returned and reported that they had reconnoitered the road intersection which lay just ahead of the party. It was what they had been seeking the road junction just north of the lock. It checked with what they remembered of the maps. They could see the banks of the canal on beyond the roadway. There was a group of buildings on beyond the road intersection; Johnson figured that the buildings must be clustered around the lock.
He freed himself at last and ran to a ditch. There he took out a map and a flashlight and from his reading he knew his location for certain within a few hundred yards; the map checked with what he had remembered of the land picture as he came to earth. A machine gun began firing lengthwise on the hedgerow next to which he was standing. He moved back a little bit. Ballard had jumped with a SCR 536 strapped to his leg; he now tried to raise someone on the radio but there was no response. He moved on a few yards more.
506 Parachute infantry Regiment in Normandy Drop by Colonel S. L. A. Marshall