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D-Day 1944. 3, Sword Beach & the British airborne landings

Author: Ken Ford; Howard Gerrard
Publisher: Oxford : Osprey, 2002.
Series: Campaign (Osprey Publishing), 105.
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"At 0016hrs on 6 June 1944 a Horsa glider ground to a halt a mere 60 yards from the Orme Canal bridge at Bénouville in Normandy. A small group of British paratroopers burst from it and stormed the bridge within minutes. The Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe had begun. Within a few hours landing craft would swarm towards Ouitreham as British 3rd Division swept ashore at Sword Beach. The battle would then  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ken Ford; Howard Gerrard
ISBN: 1841763667 9781841763668
OCLC Number: 52357497
Description: 96 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm.
Contents: Origins of the battle (The lessons of Dieppe ; Caen the key) --
Chronology --
Opposing commanders (Allied commanders ; German commanders) --
Opposing armies (The British army ; The German army) --
Opposing plans --
The landings: the airborne assault (The capture of the Orne bridges ; The capture of the Merville battery ; The destruction of bridges over the River Dives ; German reaction to the airborne landings) --
The landings: Sword Beach (The run-in to the beaches ; The German reaction to the landings ; Counter-attack by German 21st Panzer Division) --
Holding and expanding the bridgehead (21st and 12th SS Panzer counter-attack) --
Aftermath --
The battlefield today --
Order of battle.
Series Title: Campaign (Osprey Publishing), 105.
Responsibility: Ken Ford ; illustrated by Howard Gerrard.


During the Allied landings in Normandy, Sword Beach was the responsibility of the British 3rd Division. This text looks at how congestion on the Beach allowed the German forces time to react,  Read more...
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