History of the Second World War, Volume 5

Normandy June 61944 R .W. Thompson The day had dawned: the first Allied troops drifted down from the sky and stru g g led from the sea to begin the battle for Europe. For some it was to bean anti-climax to the months o f waiting training, thinking wondering. For others it was to b e chaos, confusion and death .On one beach men walked ashore with next to no opp o sitio non its neigh b our they were pinned down and m a ssa cred. TJjere were moments o f near disaster when a resolute German attack might have shattered the Allied beach -heads, but the Germans too were confused and bewildered by the weight o f the massive attack. B y evening the Allied foo th old was secure: the great gamble had paid off Below: Airborne Pathfinders leaders of the paratroop drops which heralded the invasion check their watches before take-off
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