This book examines, in great detail, the attack by 9 Para Bn of the British 6th Airborne Division on the German gun emplacement known as the Merville Battery on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The actions of 8 Para, 12 Para, Canadian 1 Para, attached engineer and support units, and commando raids in this area of Normandy are also told. In particular, the importance of destroying the five bridges, and a drainage culvert, in the Dives valley are explained along with the importance of taking and holding the high ground to the north-east of Caen. These combined actions resulted in the protection and securing of the left flank of the greatest combined military operation in history; Operation OVERLORD.
In addition to explaining how these objectives were achieved, this battlefield guide relates the battles to the area as it is today. The book contains details of the museums, memorials, cemeteries and associated organizations. All of which will unravel the history of the area to the visitor and armchair traveler alike.
To further aid the battlefield tourist, GPS data is also provided for either satellite navigation by vehicle or for viewing on Google Earth.
Chapter 1. Planning the Invasion
Chapter 2. The German defences in Normandy
Chapter 3. Merville Battery Defences and Drop
Chapter 4. Merville Battery Assault
Chapter 5. Memorial Tour of the 6th Airborne Division Battlefield No. 1
Chapter 6. Memorial Tour of the 6th Airborne Division Battlefield No. 2
Chapter 7. Memorial Tour of the 6th Airborne Division Battlefield No. 3
Chapter 8. Memorial Tour of the 6th Airborne Division Battlefield No. 4