1000 hrs Arrived at FUP. Motar and rocket fire in area.

1110 hrs 6 Cdo, which was formerly held up North of COLLEVILLE now advancing supported by 13/18 H.

1230 hrs ORNE Brs reached by fwd elements of Cdo. Some troops held up behind by snipers. Cdo given role by HQ 6 Airborne Div to defend BAS DE RANVILLE.

1530 hrs Troops previously held up by snipers take up position in LE BAS DE RANVILLE.

1715 hrs 4 enemy tanks reported on contour South of X rds 104772.

1800 hrs 3 Tp in LE PLEIN with 9 Para Bn. 20 rnds of 4.7 in from SERAPHIS on enemy inf at 092721.

D day Cas:
All ranks 64

WD Jun 44 6 Jun

1 SS Bde
FRANCE - 4 Cdo with Adv Bde HQ landed at LA BRECHE at H+30. They were 500 strong and their objective was the coastal bty at OUISTREHAM.
4 Cdo had suffered 40 casualties while landing including the CO. C Tp of the Cdo engaged the defences and gained the main coast rd, followed by the rest of the Cdo. Fighting French Tps led the Cdo towards OUISTREHAM, coming under hy fire. They over ran the casino area and the assault on the bty commenced. After sever fighting the posn was taken. Casualties on both sides were heavy. Meanwhile Adv Bde HQ contacted the CO 2 Bn E Yorks. R/T contact by Bde HQ was made with 6 Airborne Div and it was learnt that the brs which the Bde intended to use were intact.
Bde HQ and 6 Cdo landed at 0840 hrs under by gun and mortar fire. 6 Cdo took the lead when the rd was gained and the adv to the brs commenced. Progress was slow because of the marshy ground and enemy mortar fire. The forming up pt was reached in 1 hr, by which time 3 and 45 RM Cdos had landed and they caught up with 6 Cdo. They had suffered few casualties. The brs were reached at 1230 hrs and contact made with 6 Airborne Div. 6 Cdo crossed the brs and sent their cycle Tp fwd to capture LE PLEIN. Bde HQ halted E of the river br. 45 RM Cdo passed over the brs towards their objectives at MERVILLE and FRANCEVILLE PLAGE. 3 Cdo who had been held up, crossed the brs at 1530 and were diverted to protect Div HQ. Thus the original plan was abandoned and the Bde Comd decided to hold the high ground from MERVILLE to BREVILLE. 45 RM Cdo were order to remain at MERVILLE for the night. Bde HQ moved to ECARDE and 6 Cdo consolidated in LE PLEIN. 4 Cdo rejoined the Bde at 2000 hrs, and dug in at HAUGER; they had suffered hy casualties-in fighting during the day. At the end of the day, 3 Cdo were still detached.

WD Jun 44 6 Jun

45 RM Cdo. Landed LA BRECHE 0910 hrs. 1415 - 1 SS Bde contacts 6 Airborne on R ORNE brs. Task of Cdo was to clear FRANCEVILLE PLAGE. Cdo entered SALLENELLES and was hy dired on from enemy posn on Spit 135773. CO decided to by pass and push on but was told to go no further than MERVILLE that night.


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