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 yankee troops all started their method towards the forbidding German-defended Normandy coast, their comrades within the 82nd and one 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 shield those bottlenecks the americans 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 trap 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 very likely have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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As they came down into the bottoms the Germans started pouring mortar fire into the marshes. But it was going high over the party and Johnson became confident that his approach was undetected. He had kept his men together regardless of their unit and mission. He felt it was better that way than to let small numbers of men try for separate objectives. He said to them, "Wait till you can be sure where you are. " When the country became recognizable with the increased light, a lieutenant with 25 or 30 men from the 506th asked for permission to take them on against the bridges at Le Port.

Jackson had landed in a large swamp to the southward, oriented himself almost at once and within a few minutes of starting to walk to the objective, had found himself on solid ground. On coming to the last field just before meeting Ballard, he had found Maj Raymond V. Bottomly, the Battalion Executive, lying beside a hedgerow. His ankle had been badly twisted in the jump. " They started along. The nettles in the ditches plagued these men as they did all of the paratroopers more than all else. They worked into their knees and wrists as they moved along the ditches on all fours.

It remained Le Barquette only on the maps. As night came on Johnson instructed his men to dig their foxholes very deep and he sent his officers around to inspect each foxhole individually. He also told them to conserve their ammunition and try to hold it for body targets. His ammunition supply was quite low; the position was isolated beyond prospect of getting easy resupply. But Johnson noted that the men were calm and unconcerned and that they took the show like veterans. They engaged in no loose firing during the night.

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