D-Day 1944 (3)

D-Day 1944 (3)

Sword Beach & the British Airborne Landings

Campaign 105
  • Author: Ken Ford
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 105
  • Publication Date: 25 Jul 2002
  • Number of Pages: 96
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At 0016hrs on 6 June 1944 a Horsa glider ground to a halt a mere 60 yards from the Orne Canal bridge at Bénouville in Normandy. A small group of British paratroopers burst from it and stormed the bridge within minutes. The Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe had begun. Within a few hours landing craft would swarm towards Ouistreham as British 3rd Division stormed ashore at Sword Beach. The battle would then begin to break through to relieve the paratroopers. In the third of the D-Day volumes Ken Ford details the assault by British 6th Airborne Division and the British landings on Sword Beach that secured the vital left flank of the invasion.

Biographical Note

Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost thirty years in the telecommunications industry. He now spends his time as an author and a bookseller specialising in military history. He has written a number of books on various Second World War subjects. Ken now lives in Southampton.Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey including Campaign 92: St Nazaire and Campaign 96: Okinawa 1945. Howard lives and works in Kent.

Contents

Origins of the Battle
Chronology
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Armies
Opposing Plans
The Landings
The Airborne Assault
Sword Beach
Holding and expanding the Beachhead
Aftermath
The Battlefield Today
Bibliography
Index

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