506 Parachute infantry Regiment in Normandy Drop by Colonel S. L. A. Marshall

By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall

Includes six maps.

This is genuine tale of father or mother regiment of the well-known "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yank troops all started their technique 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 shedding and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a task severe to the good fortune of the total Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown parts have been miles of flooded defended ditches and waterways. If the German troops controlled to safeguard those bottlenecks the americans 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 seize and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan used to be good thought-out and may have possibly have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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Almost as he cleared the plane, Johnson realized that in some manner his reserve chute had opened. With the amount of fire that was breaking around him, he had become much too good a target. So he pulled out his knife and cut the reserve chute loose. He hit the ground and was immediately fired on by a riflemen covered by a hedgerow 25 yards away. Johnson pulled his pistol and fired twice in the direction where he had seen the flash from the hedge. There was a loud scream but there were no more shots.

The men in the point went flat. The main body tried to find cover alongside the lane. Johnson worked his way forward, crawling up to the men in the point. He felt sudden alarm. {10} AT LES DROUERIES It had been the practice of Second Battalion to use a large bell and a green electric lantern for assembly following the drop. Coming into Normandy, these two markers were jumped with personnel. But both of the men were lost and so the assembly ground went unmarked. Lt Col Ballard came to earth right on the Drop Zone which put him about 600 yards to the southeast of Les Droueries.

They engaged in no loose firing during the night. Despite that the enemy 88 fire continued throughout the darkness with fairly accurate range, the men spelled one another in taking naps. Homan, Turner and Craighill tried one more sortie under cover of darkness, trying for the bridges near Carentan. The 50-man patrol didn't get very far before running into a wall of fire from positions along the St Come Du Mont-Carentan road. They took their losses and came on back. There were about 250 officers and men available for duty when morning came; some men had been lost from artillery fire and sniper activity had been especially vicious around the lock during the night.

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