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The D-DAY Landings

Sword Beach

The sector to the west of the Orne, between Langrune and Ouistreham, was strongly fortified.

The sector to the west of the Orne, between Langrune and Ouistreham, was strongly fortified. General Rennie’s 3rd British division had also been reinforced by two special commando brigades. The landing took place at Hermanville and Colleville. Heavy fighting was required to take Ouistreham. During the afternoon, Lord Lovat’s Special Brigade reached Ranville and Bénouville bridges (Pegasus Bridge) and joined up with the paratroopers. The 4th Brigade, however, was struggling to take Lion and Luc-sur-Mer, leaving a breach between Sword and Juno through which a detachment of the 21st Panzer infiltrated in the evening and reached the sea… only to turn back again. The core component of the tactical plan, the larger portion of the 3rd division, had been delayed by German fortified position and failed to take Caen as planned.

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