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The D-Day (2/2)

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The events of 6th June 1944 began shortly after midnight with the dropping of the first British airborne troops between the Rivers Orne and Dives. The American paratroopers were soon to follow in the Cotentin peninsula. At 6.30 a.m. the first American waves of assault struck of Utah and Omaha



THE COURSE OF EVENTS ON D-DAY
The events of the 6th of June 1944 began shortly after midnight with the dropping of the first British airborne troops between the Rivers Orne and Dives. The American paratroopers were soon to follow in the Cotentin peninsula, at the opposite extremity of the landing zone. In the meantime, RAF heavy bombers attacked what were deemed to be the most threatening artillery batteries that formed the Atlantic Wall. At 5.45 a.m. the naval fleet opened fire on the German defences. At 6.30 a.m. the first American waves of assault struck the beaches of Utah and Omaha. In the British and Canadian sector, the attack was launched an hour later, due to tidal variations.
AIRBORNE OPERATIONS
The mission entrusted to the Allied bombers and paratroopers: to disorganise German forces by destroying communication links and by capturing strategic locations.
00:10 hours: the first American scouts were dropped over the Cotentin peninsula, their mission being to mark out parachute landing zones for the pilots who were due to arrive a few minutes later. 00:45 hours: German reports, sent by the 919th Grenadier Regiment's 3rd Battalion, under the orders of Lieutenant-Colonel Hoffmann, informed of the presence of enemy paratroopers.
01:21 hours: Scouts from the 82nd Airborne Division landed in the Cotentin peninsula to try to mark out 3 landing zones for the rest of the division. 01:30 hours: The sirens at the Pointe du Hoc artillery battery began to resonate to warn of the presence of Allied bombers. 01:55 hours: Bombers from the 8th US Air Force took off from England. A total of 1,198 planes were deployed. 02:29 hours: U Force ships approached the coastline and anchored 15 miles off Utah Beach. 02:30 hours: British troops from the 6th Airborne Division engaged in fierce combat with German soldiers from the 716th Infantry Division and the 21st Panzer Division. 02:51 hours: O Force ships approached the coastline and anchored around 15 miles off Omaha Beach. 03:00 hours: The American troops from U Force, waiting in the high seas, began to embark onto their landing barges. 04:00 hours: Sainte-Mère-Église was liberated by American soldiers from the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment's 3rd Battalion.
THE LANDINGS
Allied warships and bombers attacked the coastal defences and the Allied landings began.
05:10 hours: The naval artillery located off Gold Beach fired for the first time on the German coastal positions. 05:30 hours: Troops from S Force's first wave of assault embarked onto their landing barges and headed for Sword Beach. 06:06 hours: Violent aerial bombardments were reported on strong points located in Arromanches, Sainte-Honorine and Colleville. 06:25 hours: On Omaha Beach, 32 amphibious tanks landed in Dog Green and Dog White sectors. 06:45 hours: Omaha Beach: arrival of the second wave of assault. 07:11 hours: Omaha Beach: Colonel Rudder's 225 Rangers, hindered by navigational error and strong currents, landed at Pointe du Hoc 41 minutes later than scheduled. 07:25 hours: Naval bombardments ceased on Gold, Juno and Sword. 09:30 hours: Liberation of Bernières on Juno Beach and Hermanville on Sword Beach. 12:14 hours: On Omaha Beach, the Americans had succeeded in reaching the church in Colleville-sur-Mer. 13:41 hours: On Omaha Beach, the Germans regained control of Colleville-sur-Mer. 17:00 hours: On Omaha Beach, the most westerly resistance point was reduced to silence by troops from the 5th Rangers Battalion and the 116th Regiment. 18:00 hours: On Juno Beach, Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer saw the last German defenders surrender from their coastal positions. On Sword Beach, men from the East Yorkshire Regiment's 2nd Battalion overwhelmed the "Daimler" strong point in Ouistreham. 19:00 hours: On Omaha Beach, violent combat continued between the American troops and German defenders in Colleville-sur-Mer. 22:30 hours: Troops from the 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment liberated Arromanches. 23:00 hours: A German counter-attack was launched against the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc.














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