By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall

Includes six maps.

This is real tale of dad or mum regiment of the recognized "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yankee troops begun their method 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 commenced losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a task severe to the good fortune of the complete Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown components 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 may 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 might have potentially have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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Ballard and about 250 men were being heavily engaged by enemy forces. " Ballard replied, "No, I can't. " Johnson then told him that he was leading his own force back to the river, that he would leave further instructions with Sefton and that Ballard should disengage and join him at the earliest possible moment. It was an order given without much attempt to inquire into Ballard's situation or to study whether compliance was possible. {8} Most of the demolitions platoon had collected at Bse Addeville and a sufficient store of explosives had been retrieved from the Drop Zone to accomplish the destruction of the Douve bridges.

The cricket continued to be the chief means of drawing the man together. By the dawn of D Day, Johnson had 150 men. They had worked their way to within 300 yards of the canal and their main objective the Le Barquette lock. Without knowing, they had been moving in the right direction all of the time and as the light grew, the men recognized the fall of the land. For two months prior, they had been doing this problem with maps and rubber relief models of the area and now the road and the hedgerow turnings began to seem familiar to them.

There he took out a map and a flashlight and from his reading he knew his location for certain within a few hundred yards; the map checked with what he had remembered of the land picture as he came to earth. A machine gun began firing lengthwise on the hedgerow next to which he was standing. He moved back a little bit. Ballard had jumped with a SCR 536 strapped to his leg; he now tried to raise someone on the radio but there was no response. He moved on a few yards more. A cricket sounded near him.

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