By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall
Includes six maps.
This is real tale of mum or dad regiment of the well-known "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yankee troops begun their process 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 losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a job severe to the good fortune of the complete Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown parts 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 catch and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan was once good thought-out and might have very likely have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...
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Extra info for 506 Parachute infantry Regiment in Normandy Drop
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. Johnson had brought them along the hedgerows and ditches for safety, but the worst of their hazards came from the swampy ground. They floundered through streams, sometimes going in up to their waists. When a man slipped down, the others pulled him along. No one said anything and by common consent, they followed the leader and stayed clear of the roadways and fields.
A number of the sticks were unloaded south of Carentan, much deeper into enemy territory than was supposed to be encompassed by the initial Allied attack. Later the battalion commander was found dead in that area. The battalion executive became missing. All company commanders were missing though one regained the American lines five days later. Vanished also was the battalion staff though the S-1 and S-4 finally found their way back to the regiment. As a result of the drop, the battalion was wholly leaderless and its men far-scattered.
He was also worried about where his bundles had gone; none of the men seemed to know. A few who had already joined his party had landed in the Carentan marshes, east of the town and north of the River Douve. Some had swum their way to temporary security but had had to cut loose from all their equipment. They were wringing wet, but were otherwise, and for the most part, unhurt. These men thought that many of the bundles had been dropped in the marshes, also, and would not be retrieved. Ballard returned to the assembly area at 0330.