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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 recognized "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of millions of yankee troops started their strategy 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 losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a task severe to the luck of the total 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 can have foundered at the beach.The catch and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan was once good thought-out and might have probably have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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He hit the ground and was immediately fired on by a riflemen covered by a hedgerow 25 yards away. Johnson pulled his pistol and fired twice in the direction where he had seen the flash from the hedge. There was a loud scream but there were no more shots. Johnson lay quiet for a moment before cutting his way out of his harness. {2} He found a gate in the hedge and crawled through it on his belly. Then he lay for a few minutes in a roadside ditch, considering. He was next a road intersection. Opposite him, on the far side of the road, was a large building which looked like a chateau.

To get to the lock first and to make certain that the enemy would have no use of it became an overriding consideration with the planning and tactical forces. Whether that interest was out of proportion to the strategic significance of the lock was a question never fully answered in the doing. American apprehensions as to what might happen if the Germans gained control of the lock superinduced one of the boldest strokes of the Normandy campaign, a stroke boldly made and tactically productive. Yet whether the emphasis placed on the position by the Allied planners was justifiable was never confirmed by the attitude of the enemy.

The party split soon after 0400 and the lieutenant led his group on along the canal. CAPTURE OF THE LOCK Johnson had already put his scouts out. They returned and reported that they had reconnoitered the road intersection which lay just ahead of the party. It was what they had been seeking the road junction just north of the lock. It checked with what they remembered of the maps. They could see the banks of the canal on beyond the roadway. There was a group of buildings on beyond the road intersection; Johnson figured that the buildings must be clustered around the lock.

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