Major Wilson stated that he had met no opposition to the North of TROARN, but on moving further west down Rly line they ran into a strong German posn at 159768 which pinned them down by fire. When they started to withdraw the IC moved by a different route from the remainder of the party and has not been seen since.

1300 - Bn moved to new posn and force moved to TROARN.

1300 - Bn moved to new posn and force moved to TROARN.

1330 - OC 'C' Coy arrived with 4 offrs and 51 ORs. He met Bn at 143702. He stated that he had been landed on RANVILLE DZ and gathered together 51 members of the Bn. He saw in the distance the green and white Verey lights being fired at the Bn RV and decided to make strait for them. His route took him through HEROUVILLETTE where they ran into the enemy and had to fight their way through the village. Force suffered 6 casualties. 140704 - 1400 - Bn in area Rd junc 140704 and Bn disposed in following areas:-

'A' Coy-Area 140707 (Reserve Coy)
'B' Coy-" 139703
'C' Coy-" 142705
Bn HQ-140706
Mortar Pl-'C' Coy Area
MMG Pl-In posns by day in "B' Coy area firing to west over DZ. By night pl withdrawn to Bn HQ Area.
A Tk Pl-Sees under command of coys.

1700 - Lt. Brown returned from TROARN He stated that they had met a little opposition in TROARN which had been dealt with and the REs had increased the gap in the bridge to 40 feet. 7 prisoners were brought back from a mg post which was attacked. They were identified as 21 Pz Div.

1740 - Attack made on 'B' Coy posn by 5 AFVs. Attack beaten off and one enemy 6 ton track full of stores captured.

Current Reports from Overseas No. 51

Operations of 9 Para Bn 6 - 12 Jun.


1. Primary task: destruction of a coastal bty (v notes).

2. Next tasks: Hold LE PLEIN feature until relieved by a SS Bde Strength for task 2. 80 all ranks.

1 MG Increased to 100 by arrival or n glider party.

22 PW were left in a chateau.

Move to LE PLEIN feature.

0900 - The eastern outskirts of HAUGER captured by frontal attack: some opposition. Enemy counter attacked but bn held some houses and the Vickers broke up attack at 20x range. Enemy main posn was in a fortified house. A part of 30 failed to take this posn because it had been properly prepared for def. X para bn consolidated in chateau to East of HAUGER; enemy did not counter attack again but sent snipers fwd. These were countered by large scale use of our own snipers.

SS Bde relieved Para Bn of HAUGER and LE PLEIN feature afternoon 7 Jun.

Bn moved to ST COME.

1800 - Strength or Bn approx 17 offrs

Weapons:Bn very short of LMGs.
2 x 3" mortars and one captured German
3 MMGs
Sigs:2 x 68 sets
4 x 18 sets which allowed comn with coys.
By 2000 hrs line was laid to all Coys.

During the night D/D+1 local patrols were sent out. No contact made with enemy except for snipers and small patrols. Night 6/7 extensive patrolling.

WD Jun 44 5 Jun

9 Para Bn. - HARWELL - 2310 - Pathfinder a/c took off. 2310 - A and A/Tk gun gliders took off. 2312 - Main body took off. (BROADWELL).

6 Jun

NORMANDY - 0020 - TROWBRIDGE (Recce party dropped on DZ accurately and proceeded to carry out appointed tasks. There were no losses from this a/c


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