The eastern flank of the invasion front was seized by men of the 6th Airborne Division, before the landings commenced on Sword, Juno and Gold.
In one of the very first actions of D-Day, two bridges were attacked by glider-borne soldiers. We’ll visit the very spot where the first glider landed and talk about the courage and professionalism of those involved.
The eastern-most of the D-Day landing beaches, and one of the most heavily defended. The success of the landing here was vital, not least to the Airborne troops further to the east. We’ll talk about the difficulties here, how they were overcome and at what cost.
Wn17, what was thought to be an easily overcome German command post ended up causing problems and delays on D-Day. We’ll talk here about the defenders and the attackers and visit some of the German fortifications.
Some of the longest-lasting German resistance on D-Day was on Gold Beach, a few beachfront defences holding out until well into the afternoon. Also the beach where the sole recipient of the Victoria Cross for actions on D-Day landed, CSM Stan Hollis, a man who thought the winning of the war “…was his personal responsibility”.
After the success of the landings, as the campaign in Normandy progressed, reinforcements and supplies were needed. The English Channel, though, is often unpredicatable, but the seizing of a well defended port would be both costly and possibly counter-productive. The Mulberry Harbour was the solution.
As the battle raged, numerous acts of heroism took place, and many tragic events unfolded. Time permitting, we will stop at a few of these lesser know sites as we pass through the now tranquil landscape.