Sword Beach, British 3rd Infantry, D-Day, June 6 1944





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Published on Apr 24, 2011

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One of five Normandy beaches chosen by the Allies for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi occupied Europe, Sword was the responsibility of the 3rd British Infantry Division. The beach is situated at the eastern edge of the D-Day invasion area, between the towns of Lion sur Mer and Ouistreham.

07:20Hrs: Special tanks of the 22nd Dragoons are the first ashore with demolition teams. They immediately engage the German defenders.

07:30Hrs: 20 LCA landing craft carrying the assault companies of the 1st South Lancs and 2nd East Yorks hit the beach. On Queen Red the fighting is intense and the 2nd East Yorks takes heavy casualties.

French troops clear Riva-Bella and capture the Casino strongpoint around 09:30Hrs. Britsh troops reach the Ouistreham harbor and capture the locks. N° 6 Commando then heads inland towards Bénouville (Pegasus) bridge and reaches it at 12:02Hrs.

3rd Infantry Division fails to achieve all its D-Day objectives. However, by day's end the 3rd Infantry Division has landed 28,845 men and 2,603 vehicles at a cost of 630 men killed or wounded.

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