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 dad or mum regiment of the recognized "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yankee troops all started 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 shedding and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a job severe to the luck 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 americans on Utah seashore, on the severe correct of the operation, will be not able to maneuver ahead and can 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 could have almost certainly have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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It came over the air that the invasion was proceeding according to plan and that the operation of the American airborne divisions was going strongly. Johnson turned to Allen. "{7} Allen agreed. They planned it this way, that Johnson would take most of the force and move back to Le Barquette and from there would try to go on to the bridges, while Allen would be left with only enough men to cover his own withdrawal after darkness came. Johnson was to set up his CP at the Pt De Lesseau road junction.

The troops got the first warning signal, then the green light. It flashed back through the astral dome from the lead plane to the others and the men jumped all except the men in Johnson’s plane. At that critical moment a bundle became jammed in the doorway and for what seemed a much longer time but was by Johnson’s later estimate about one-half minute, none could get out. They pushed frantically at the bundle. It dropped off into space and the men followed as swiftly as they could, feeling that they had overshot the mark.

Above the tumult he heard a loud crash and then another like it somewhere behind him. He knew that two of our planes had come down and looking back, he saw a double glare in the sky. Out of the night came prolonged screaming which died in crescendo as if a man had been bayoneted. He did not know whether it had been friend or enemy but he felt the rising tide of sound and fire, as of many small encounters building up to a general engagement. He was moving down into swampy ground now and though he was still uncertain of his location, he thought that he was working toward a river.

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