By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall
Contains six maps.
This is real tale of mum or dad regiment of the well-known “Band of Brothers” effortless company.
As the tens of millions of yank troops all started their process towards the forbidding German-defended Normandy coast, their comrades within the 82nd and a hundred and first Airborne divisions had already flown over the Channel and started losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a job serious to the luck of the complete Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown parts have been miles of flooded defended ditches and waterways. If the German troops controlled to protect those bottlenecks the american citizens on Utah seashore, on the severe correct of the operation, will be not able to maneuver ahead and can have foundered at the beach.
The catch and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan was once good thought-out and might have potentially have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like a lot of their comrades on D-Day was once broad and scattered all around the Normandy panorama. As teams of paratroops nervously grouped jointly within the darkness they begun small activities opposed to no matter what German positions that they came upon; as officials and NCOs struggled to achieve a few keep an eye on over the chaos the main geared up moved towards their ambitions. They bravely driven ahead towards their pursuits and held them opposed to the emerging numbers of German reinforcements; earlier than the foremost link-up with the seashore landings they fought and received the engagement at St-Mairie-Du-Comt opposed to their hardest enemies, the German paratroops.
S L A Marshall, the legitimate Historian for the ecu Theatre of Operations, interviewed the boys of the 506th on their go back to the U.K. and from this gathered fabric set approximately recording this tale in their braveness, commitment and battling ability.
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The battalion reorganized and prepared to defend for the night. Company F now composed of about 16 men was used to refuse the right flank. Ballard reported to Sink and spent the remainder of the night showing his front to the battalion commander who was to jump off from that point on the following morning. HELL'S CORNERS Johnson was worried about his ammunition supply. He checked it again and what he found did not reassure him. Then he searched for a panel asking for resupply but found that he had none.
All company commanders were missing though one regained the American lines five days later. Vanished also was the battalion staff though the S-1 and S-4 finally found their way back to the regiment. As a result of the drop, the battalion was wholly leaderless and its men far-scattered. ONE COMMANDER'S EXPERIENCE Col Howard R. Johnson rode in the leading plane of his regiment. All went smoothly as the formation crossed the Channel. In Johnson's plane the men let out a yell as they saw the French coast and most of them stood up and made a final adjustment of their equipment as the planes flew on and crossed the coastline.
The results convinced him that he couldn't take the battalion across the swamp without taking terrible losses. He hoped there might be a way around the swamp and he sent his S-3 to scout it toward the rear and left in search of a route. He reported that the ground was all but impassable and that a canal, also under good observation, was a special hazard in that direction. While considering his next move, Ballard got the radio message that Maj Allen was about to withdraw from Bse Addeville toward Le Barquette.