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Past & Present:
6th Airborne: Normandy 1944


Author: Leo Marriott & Simon Forty
Language: English Text
Format: Soft Cover, Size: 7.3" x 9.7"
Pages:  64 pages
Photos:  b+w wartime photos and modern color comparison photos
Maps: some maps
Publisher: Casemate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1612004211

Item No. CP-4211 Price: $16.95



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The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past. It shows how much infastructure has remained and points to the passing nature of things such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera.

Operation Tonga began at 22:56 on the night of 5 June, when six Halifax heavy bombers took off from Tarrant Rushton towing six Horsas carrying a coup-de-main force consisting of D Coy, Ox and Bucks LI reinforced with two extra platoons from B Coy and a party of sappers, who were tasked with capturing the bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne. 6th Airborne Division―which included 1st Canadian Para Bn―had been allotted three specific tasks to achieve, apart from protecting the eastern flank of the Allied seaborne landings. First, it was to capture intact the two bridges over the Caen Canal and the Orne River at Benouville and Ranville. Second, the division was to destroy the heavily fortified Merville coastal artillery battery located at Franceville Plage, to ensure that it could not shell the British forces landing on Sword Beach. A third task was to destroy several bridges spanning the River Dives―at Varaville, Robehomme, Bures, and Troarn. The division would then hold the territory that it had seized until it could be relieved by advancing Allied ground forces.


Also available from this publisher:

101st Airborne
Market Garden 1944
Omaha Beach
Normandy 1944
Bastogne
Ardennes 1944



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