D-Day Beach Force

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-04-19
  • Publisher: The History Press

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The British Beach Groups were a combined force of men stationed on the Normandy Beaches from the initial landing until the last unit was disbanded a few weeks later. They performed many vital roles during the assault, including: arranging and controlling the movement of all personnel and vehicles from landing craft to inland assembly areas; moving stores from ship's holds to dumps in the beach maintenance areas; developing and organising the beaches and beach maintenance areas for defence, movement and administration, including the evacuation of casualties and the recovery vehicles; providing a beach signal organisation; organising the removal and repatriation of casualties, prisoners of war and salvaged equipment; creating dumps to hold the petrol, ammunition, rations etc. that were being landed; and establishing assembly areas for arriving personnel and their vehicles. This book explores how this often-forgotten unit were the first to arrive and the last to leave one of history's greatest military operations and how their behind-the-scenes action saved lives and aided the success of the landings.

Author Biography

David Rogers (Author) : Joseph Rogers (Author) : JOSEPH ROGERS served in the REME in 1946-48. He has spent many years interviewing former D-Day veterans. He has also written two books on military and social history in Silsden. His son, DAVID ROGERS has worked with his father on his publications, he is also a member of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He runs a knowledge-transfer company: Danercon Ltd.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Secret Preparationsp. 19
D-Day-5 to D-Dayp. 43
D-Day and Beyondp. 51
Beach Defences and Clearancep. 79
Sword Beach and Beach Groups 5 & 6p. 85
Juno Beach and Beach Groups 7 & 8p. 121
Gold Beach and Beach Groups 9 & 10p. 151
The Aftermathp. 179
Appendixp. 195
Glossaryp. 197
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 201
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