By Carl Shilleto, Mike Tolhurst
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 approach in the course of the bocage kingdom of Normandy, and finally broke out during the Avranches gap.
A new form of guidebook. This identify supplies accomplished info about:
o significant battles and battlefields
o Memorials, websites, cemeteries, and statues
o tips on how to get there; what to see
o modern eyewitness accounts
o Then-and-now photos and maps
The advisor is helping us comprehend what it used to be wish to have continued the ordeal of wrestle. via their very own phrases, we research the emotions of these younger women and men of many nationalities who fought and died. What have been their deepest innovations and fears? Their own thoughts? modern eyewitness bills are woven into the material of this ebook, which has an immediacy and vividness that marks a brand new departure in guidebooks.
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Extra info for A Traveller's Guide to D-Day and the Battle for Normandy
Barbed wire entanglements and mine fields were interspaced with scores of reinforced concrete pillboxes, bunkers, and fortifications. Strategically placed at various points along the coastline, coastal batteries were also constructed and camouflaged as a precaution against naval or air attack. 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.
As evening approached on August 19th, the commandos prepared to take over the advance. Mills-Roberts’ No. 1 Special Service Brigade moved north to the area around Brucourt in order to mop up any remaining German resistance. No. 4 Special Service Brigade launched an attack on Hill 13, with No. 46 RM (Royal Marine) Commando leading the assault. Since there was no moonlight that evening, their journey across the fields and through the thick hedgerows and small copses, was slow and ponderous with the officers having to rely on their compass bearings to navigate.
Most of the battalion got across safely before the Germans opened fire and wounded half a dozen paras. “A” Company immediately launched an assault up the hill while “C” Company attacked on the flank. The paras charged into the German positions with bayonets fixed, but as soon as they reached the top of the hill, German reinforcements launched a fierce counter-attack. Most of the men in the leading assault platoons from “A” Company were killed or wounded and the remaining support platoons were forced back down the hill, then up and over onto the reverse slope of a nearby ridge.