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

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 millions of yank troops begun their process 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 whole 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 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 catch 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 in all probability have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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Once again the column moved along through the marshes and canals, often wading through waist-deep water. They continued in this manner until they had moved out of range of the enemy's small arms fire. Finally, they got back into the dirt lane leading into Le Barquette, a lane well-screened on both sides by thick foliage. The march went along without opposition until the head of the column reached the road intersection west of Peneme. "{9} The Germans had apparently observed the column's progress but had reserved their fire.

Then he searched for a panel asking for resupply but found that he had none. Shortly after daybreak he put out an identification (orange) panel to draw the air's attention. A few minutes passed, then an American plane came flying up the Douve and unloaded its bombs near Carentan. The plane flew low along the canal as if readying to strafe ground installations and as it came above Hell's Corners, apparently saw the orange panel and pulled off. About 0630 a resupply mission was flown by the Air Corps; the nearest chutes and bundles dropped down into the swamp about 1500 yards away and were so covered by enemy fire that there was no chance to get to them.

They seemed to be on a straight march to the river and they acted quite openly, as if they were under no especial apprehension that there were enemy forces in the vicinity. Johnson told his officers that he wanted everyone to keep quiet and remain under cover, and that they were to get back to their men, see them one by one and tell them this. {14} Every man who could be spared from elsewhere over the ground was moved up to the northeast corner and disposed around the machine guns, six of the eight available guns having been shifted to this part of the perimeter.

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