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By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall

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This is genuine tale of mother or father regiment of the well-known "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yankee troops started 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 commenced 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 safeguard 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 seize 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 probably have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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They had worked their way to within 300 yards of the canal and their main objective the Le Barquette lock. Without knowing, they had been moving in the right direction all of the time and as the light grew, the men recognized the fall of the land. For two months prior, they had been doing this problem with maps and rubber relief models of the area and now the road and the hedgerow turnings began to seem familiar to them. Johnson had brought them along the hedgerows and ditches for safety, but the worst of their hazards came from the swampy ground.

Ballard and about 250 men were being heavily engaged by enemy forces. " Ballard replied, "No, I can't. " Johnson then told him that he was leading his own force back to the river, that he would leave further instructions with Sefton and that Ballard should disengage and join him at the earliest possible moment. It was an order given without much attempt to inquire into Ballard's situation or to study whether compliance was possible. {8} Most of the demolitions platoon had collected at Bse Addeville and a sufficient store of explosives had been retrieved from the Drop Zone to accomplish the destruction of the Douve bridges.

Every time any number of Ballard's men tried to work down the ditches together, some of them were hit and the others became pinned, from fear of the fire and because the bodies of the casualties partly blocked their path, making greater exposure necessary. Yet gradually during the morning hours a handful of men faced the danger and overcame these hazards; by crawling forward on their bellies and taking every advantage of the ground, they worked up to a line where only one hedgerow separated them from the ditch containing the enemy machine guns.

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