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By Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst

ISBN-10: 1566565553

ISBN-13: 9781566565554

A Traveller's advisor to D-Day and the conflict for Normandy covers the interval from June to August 1944 whilst the Allies stormed ashore, fought their manner in the course of the bocage state of Normandy, and at last broke out in the course of the Avranches gap.
A new form of guidebook. This name supplies accomplished info about:
o significant battles and battlefields
o Memorials, websites, cemeteries, and statues
o how you can get there; what to see
o modern eyewitness accounts
o Then-and-now images and maps
The advisor is helping us comprehend what it was once prefer to have persisted the ordeal of wrestle. via their very own phrases, we examine the sentiments of these younger women and men of many nationalities who fought and died. What have been their deepest concepts and fears? Their own stories? modern eyewitness bills are woven into the cloth of this e-book, which has an immediacy and vividness that marks a brand new departure in guidebooks.

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On June 10th, three battalions of the 51st Highland Division, (known as the “Highway Decorators” for the unceremonious daubing of their divisional “HD” sign on buildings where they had fought) were brought forward to reinforce Gale’s depleted airborne troops. An attack against Bréville was put in at first light on June 11th by the 5th Battalion, The Black Watch. Having previously fought in the vast open spaces of the North African desert, the dense Norman Bocage disoriented the Scots. Attacking from the direction of the Château St Côme, through the lines held by Otway’s 9th Para Bn, they were massacred by a constant barrage of German mortars, machine guns, and SP (self-propelled) guns.

To counter the increasing threat of an airborne assault, rows of stakes, nicknamed “Rommel’s Asparagus,” were placed in the open fields, and all low-lying areas of farmland and tidal areas along the coast and inland waterways were flooded. By the summer of 1944 Normandy was rapidly becoming the fortress that Rommel had envisaged. For Rommel believed, contrary to the views of his superior, Oberbefehlshaber Gerd von Rundstedt, that if the invasion force was to be stopped at all, it must be stopped on the beaches.

Opposite the Café Gondrée, next to the café and Restaurant Les 3 Planeurs [The 3 Gliders] is a centaur A-27M Cromwell tank. Across the new Pegasus Bridge (the original is next to the Airborne Museum on the east bank of the canal) there are three memorials that mark the site of the original glider landings, as well as a bronze bust of Major John Howard who led the 2nd Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and attached Royal Engineers, in the capture of Pegasus Bridge. In addition, numerous memorials (including one at Horsa Bridge, over the River Orne, 400 yards further along the D-514) dedicated to the men and units that fought in this area dot the immediate vicinity.

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