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Sat 22 Sep #1 
kevg
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At 00.16 British paratroops began the invasion . Falling onto Benouville and Ranville Bridges , taken for the loss of 2 men .

At 01.00 American paratroops joined in , sadly many were lost , drowned in the boggy country . Scattered by winds it took them time to get organised .

Paratroop assault on Merville Battery was likewise affected by troop dispersement , only 150 out of 600 made it in time .

02.00 the bombers set out to blast the beaches , or not . British doctrine was to fly along the beaches , American was to fly over them . Many missed them completely .

Dropped by air , metal strips showed on German radar as numbers of Allied naval vessels approaching . Not at the right place . Dropped over the Calais route they reinforced the idea that Normandy was only a diversion .

"Man battle staions" was order given to British navy , sounds better than "General Quarters" for the Americans ?

First exciting installment , I will post more if people are interested .

 




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Sat 22 Sep #2 
BBandicoot
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Keep posting, please! 

The only history I was taught was George Washington and/or American Civil War year after year after year.

Most of my history knowledge comes from the Factopedia and you lot posting.

I tend not to comment on the history posts, as my history knowledge is shameful in comparison to the history gurus here.

I do enjoy reading them though, and always learn something.




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Sun 23 Sep #3 
kevg
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Poor Adolf slept on , well , he'd only been in bed an hour.

Assault troops loaded and keep your heads down .

6th Airborne HQ lands by glider , 82 Airborne captures St Mere Eglise , famous for the guy on the roof deafened by the bells .

Cunning British had 2 midget subs offshore for 2 days . Now they ordered the navigation lights and radio beacons lit for the English and Canadian beaches .

4th Cavalry land at St Marcouf , 3 miles off Utah beach , no Germans , all is going well .

Rundstedt orders 12 SS to move to Calvados but that is cancelled by  Jodl , who wants to wait for Hitler to assess situation .

Navy bombardment begins , 7 battleships , 23 cruisers 103 destroyers make a Hell of a noise .

Norwegian destroyer Svenner first casualty .

USS Texas using 14" guns bombards Omaha beach .

Rocket firing ships appear , firing 20,000 rockets at British and Canadian beaches , 18,000 at US beaches .

1st and 29th assault Utah , 4th attacks Omaha

Problems at Omaha , only 2 duplex tanks made it to shore , rocket ships missed the beach !!

Theodore Roosvelt lands at Utah .

German radio reports paratroops in France and a destroyer sunk by E-boats .

US Rangers attack Point de Hoc , but find it empty of guns

British 3rd Division land on Sword .

British 50th Division land on Gold .

Canadian 3rd Division land at Juno .

21st Panzer Divison moves to beaches !!

Canadians take 1200 casualties , British 630 casualties on Sword

8am and all is going well .




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Mon 24 Sep #4 
kevg
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By 8.10 it is all over on Sword and Commandoes are moving inland .

On Omaha more tanks turn up to give covering fire and shield the troops .

Bradley considers evacuation .

Destroyers are giving covering fire as well , having moved in almost to ground themselves .

At Pegasus Bridge Commandoes relieve the paratroops .

Juno beach is secured by 10.30

21st Panzer SS starts to attack between Caen and Bayeaux .

Tanks move inland from Sword towards Caen

Heavy fighting on Gold still going on .

Germans holding Le Hamel , British 50th Division have moved 4 miles inland and 47 Commando have taken Port en Bessin to close the gap to Omaha

Caen is bombed for first time .

Omaha is secured

Staffordshire Yeomanary take Periers south of Sword

22nd Panzer arrive at Caen

US troops move past Omaha to take Colleville sur Mer , defeating a counterattack .

Hitler is awake and sends Panzer Lehr and 12th SS Panzers into the fray

Le Hamel taken by British , 231 Brigade move onto Arrowmanche , heavy fighting at Villiers de Sec

Americans moving inland from Omaha , Sherman tank appears on road but is destroyed .

British attack slows down as they meet 21st Panzers

 




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Tue 25 Sep #5 
sally906
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....and back in Australia, Sally raises a glass of wine to her lips, sighs contentedly in the peace and quiet, and idley wonders what is happening elsewhere in the world...




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Tue 25 Sep #6 
kevg
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Kev pauses for a moment as he contemplates what came next .

oh yes !!

Thumps Sally and leaves her crying .

Now , where was I ?




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Tue 25 Sep #7 
BBandicoot
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@Kev menacing Panzers and beach leaving Americans I think




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Wed 26 Sep #8 
kevg
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Caen is bombed , again.

Canadians reach Beny

British capture Hillman at Colleville sur Orne.

Arrowmanche captured which allows Mulberry harbours to be used.

Operation Mallard , 250 gliders carrying reinforcements landed.

185th Brigade are now 3 miles from Caen.

Caen bombed, again.

 




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Wed 26 Sep #9 
kevg
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All the above has been taken from Daily Telegraph History which probably accounts for British slant on things . Or possibly we and Canadians did far more than US films seem to think ?




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Wed 26 Sep #10 
kevg
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Incidentaly Montgomery gets a pasting from the press for taking so long to take Caen but very little is heard about Patton taking even longer to take Metz.




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Wed 26 Sep #11 
kevg
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Got anything to add or quibble about ? I have lots of other stuff .

Anybody want to talk about Burma ? Errol Flynn took North East of the country , the rest of it was taken by Bill Slim and British & Indian troops.

Poland was never  given a promise to defend the country , it was a line in the sand.

Singapore was the nadir of the war , not surpsing Percival never given another command.




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Wed 26 Sep #12 
sally906
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Kev pauses for a moment as he contemplates what came next .

oh yes !!

Thumps Sally and leaves her crying .

Now , where was I ?

Sally doesn't cry - she know that real men don't hit girls - she quietly goes out and makes a voo doo doll - using a few hairs she pinched from Kevs head.  Smiling she slowly picks up a pin - takes a sip of wine - and turns the doll over and lowers the pin slowly into its....

She hears the scream!




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Wed 26 Sep #13 
chooky
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Ahhh, I wondered what all that ungodly shrieking was!




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Wed 26 Sep #14 
sally906
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Heh! Heh! Heh!




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Wed 26 Sep #15 
kevg
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Not screams , I am very ticklish I will have you know.

 




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Fri 28 Sep #16 
kevg
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Omaha beach was famous for the slaughter but why ?

Well , the rocket firing ships , that were supposed to provide the guys with shellholes to fire from , missed the beach. Yup all those pretty pics we see of them and yet they failed completely.

They were use at other beaches as well , with some success.

Bombers also missed what they were aiming for , killed a lot of cows though. Flying straight onto the beach the bomb aimers gave it a few seconds more to make sure they didn't hit their own guys . Which at 300mph means they overshot by 2 miles , quite a lot  when you are fighting for your life , made a mess of fields behind the German lines though.

DD tanks , the only one of Hobarts Funnies the Americans used , were launched up to 8  miles out. Tested in a calm sea it was thought 3 miles out was practical. Except the sea was rough. Only 2 out of 29 made it to the beach. The guy in charge of the launching was sent backto USA , in charge of training. 

In charge of training was favourite way of getting the numbskull out of the firing line. For the troops sake , not his. Same thing happened to Fredenhall after Kasserine Pass.

Considering the botched jobs it was well done by the troops to take the beach , just wish it wasn't the only one shown on TV and films.




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