Thursday, 31 May 2012

Build up to D-Day - Part 4

B 24's on a raid somewhere in the hinterland. The transport plan goes into operation cutting roads, bridges, railway lines, sidings, turntables, marshalling yards, junctions and intersections....all, of course, with the permission of the Free French government in exile.

 Not a Hun in sight. Air superiority is fast becoming air supremacy.
 Down on the ground the Germans become experts in camouflage and concealment..or get blown to bits.
'Light that cig Franz and I'll make you eat it!'
 Noise from the air makes everyone a bit touchy...
 Eisenhower said not to worry on the day because.." when you hear a 'plane and look up it'll be one of ours."
 The Germans also had a comment about air power.
 "If it shows up and it's dark...it's British. If it shows up and it's light...it's American and if it never shows up...it's the Luftwaffe!"

X craft kept station off the beaches. Earlier they had taken samples of sand to Britain for analysis of composition and load bearing. Of course, you had to have the right kind of sand...even in those days.

Next time...The build up in Britain.




Friday, 18 May 2012

Build Up to D-Day - Part 3

The sky is overcast and grim. German troops 'stand to' at dawn as has been usual for the past two years. It is soon to be the anti-invasion exercise planned for the sixth of June and every body thinks it's going to be another knackering, windswept, bone aching, waste of time to make some officer look good for the next promotion board.
'Hey fella's look...mushrooms..no,wait...trench foot.'

 The mortars, anti-tank guns and shivering pink bodies fill the bunkers and defences.
 ...Field of fire all covered...
 ...the odd rusting teller mine gets sensitive and blows some unsuspecting bunny to bits...
 Still, you've got to make the effort on your dug out...and check the wiring to your Nebelwerfer.
 Liberators fly over on their way to another target watched intently by the Flak gunners...
'Did you hear? Herr Rommel is getting leave for his missus birthday.  It's ok for some hey?'
 Grass grows over the spoil. Cam nets tacked down and reserves test engines.
 Worst summer weather for years....
 The Allies won't come in this...

 The weather has to be perfect and the tides just right....just look at North Africa....
 Sicily, Italy and such...Nah! They'll come in the good weather...
'After the big exercise think we should apply for leave?'
If only the Resistance would stop blowing up trains it would be really quiet this week...

Meanwhile, over the Channel, preparations rush on apace.