|Title||6 Airborne Div: report on signals operations, 1944 June|
|Description||6 Airborne Div: report on signals operations, 1944 June|
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1. The tasks given to the div were allotted as follows:—
|TASK||FORMATION||Approx time of lending or dropping|
|RANVILLE-BENOUVILLE bridges||Coy Oxf Bucks||P - 5 hrs|
|" " bridgehead||5 Para Bde||P - 4 1/2 hrs|
|SALLENELLES battery||5 Para Bde||P - 4 1/2 hrs|
|Crossings over R. DIVES||3 Para Bde||P - 4 1/2 hrs|
|Area NORTH to CABOURG||1 SS Bde||H + 30 mins|
|Firm Base RANVILLE area||6 Airlanding Bde||H + 14 hrs|
|Offensive Recce||Airborne Armd Recce Regt||H + 14 hrs|
D day was 6 June 1944.
P hour (civil twilight) was 0515 hrs.
H hour was 0715 hrs.
Div Sigs Scale A 1 dropped at P - 4 1/2 hrs with the task of recce div HQ Lmrl of assisting the Royal Engineers with the clearing of obstructions from the DZ.
Scale A 2 landed with div HQ at P - 2 hrs.
2. Dropping was widefront both in para bdes and div sigs (for example, the two sticks composing Scale A 1 were dropped 8 miles apart).
In consequence all sets dropped in containers were not found in time for use. Many kitbags were lost due to their ropes break- ing even when paid out slowly.
3 Gliding was most accurate except for a few isolated cases.
4, The situation at H hr Was the following:-
|1 Coy (Scale A 1)||87||None taken.|
|J||40||3 Wireless sets only.|
|K (5 Para Bde)||80||50%|
|1 Coy (A E, F & P Secs - Scale A 2)||70||66|
|J 3 Para Bde)||50||50|
|K (5 Para Bde)||66||66|
Stragglers arrived on D to D + 1 swelling the percentages of those arrived by approximately another 10%
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