Tuesday, 25 September 2012

D-Day: Incoming

 Inevitably there will be collisions...LCT and LCM exchange insurance details....and 'manflu' has only put the invasion on hold for one week (some kind of record for me)


Fortunately no harm done.
 Shuttle service cheap and efficient...no screaming or dying please...
 Big ones are 'bullet magnets', so little ones sometimes survive...
 Casualties as they hit the wire...

 HQ successfully makes the climb and orders smoke....good shot too.
'Good job you'd yer bowler on'
 Dis-masted in the heat of things...
 Defences alive and kicking.
 ...few tanks survive long on the open beach.
'Thirty ton shelter, that'll do nicely.'
 Heavy damage and no movement...
 Direct hit from a bazooka...left flanking attack successful.
 Direct hit. Fifty percent casualties.
 More, and some specialist, tanks for the fray.
 ...still they come on...
 Moving through the barrage...

Up the slope to who-knows-what.

More soon...watch this space.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

D-Day: Getting Ashore

The race is on at Pont du Hoc. German defenders come out of their bunkers at the OP bunker warning.


Taking a run down the trench system the opposite way they assumed they'd have to move...

 Setting up for all-round-defence...
 Flak gun in ground role...
 Rangers race to the cliff face...
 ...and set up the rope projectors...
 Due to drift, some men are separated from the main group.
 Meanwhile, supporting DD's fight unequal odds to stay in the game...take a dink...
 Second wave and some craft meet withering fire...
 ...some armour lands virtually unmolested...
 and some LCVP's have initial good luck...
 And up it goes...
 ...another heavy damage...
 Infantry go like the clappers..
 Third wave mixes with second...
 ...it's all about getting to cover and fire positions...
 Traffic build up coming in...
 A broader view.
 Sherman takes out pill box.
 DF increases in density...Germans had more 'off table' than realised at first so, down it all came at once...

'Look, you can see their reference books from up here'
 First of the Rangers make it up the cliff...German fire not yet effective...

It's been a fair old jog for the Germans.

More next week.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

D-Day 6th June 1944...Jean 'as a long moustache

 Allons enfants dela patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrive ..._ V ..._ V ..._ V ..._ V


DD tanks swim for the shore

On the day few made it.
 Special delivery.
 German defences awake and begin morning 'hate'
 Tremendous barrage of stuff incoming and some remarkable bracketing going on
 ...fortunately few hits...
 ...the hottest is yet to come.
 Rangers approach Pont du Hoc in LCA's
 ...and DUKW's...
 All is quiet...
 ...so far...
 Achtung! Alarm! Alarm!
 Strange boats close on the beach...
 ...and climb ashore.
"Driver, advance."
 Welcome to France
 The tide (dice) cause some craft to broach.
 The Rangers are nearly under the cliffs and still no response.
 They touch down...
 ...quite well together. A good concentration of force.
"OK, get going you guys"

 Landships indeed!
 Around fifty percent of our DD's have survived the perils of the sea...better than on the day.

 View from a bunker...
 View from a trench...
 Near miss from the LCA...
 ...almost there...
 Next wave appearing at the table edge. It's going to get crowded.
 Heavy damage to the lead Sherman means delay and some fender bending to move the blockage.
 Well concealed reception committee.
 More heavy fire causing hits to craft.
 Casualties as the ramp goes down.
 'Hate' swap gets personal.
 Close or what?
 Maybe nobody's home....
"Suppose it's too late for a transfer to catering?"

 More boats...
 ...hit the sand

 ...the more, the...
...quicker we get to Berlin