By Mark Zuehlke
Sunrise, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 6,500 ships hold 150,000 Allied troops. this is often D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will hurricane 5 shorelines. One is code-named Juno seashore. the following, 14,500 Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand subsidized by way of 3 lodge cities. The seashore is seriously safe through a seawall, barbed twine, underwater stumbling blocks and enormous quantities of mines. at the back of those defenses a seriously armed German strength waits within thick concrete pillboxes and deep trenches that bristle with machine-guns and artillery pieces.
About 3,500 Canadians will cleared the path. The destiny of the invasion is of their palms. They both holiday the German defenses or die attempting. Piling out of small, frail touchdown craft, they try via bullet- and shell-whipped water to achieve the sand. And the bloody conflict for Juno seashore begins.
With his trademark you-are-there kind, acclaimed army historian Mark Zuehlke plunges readers right into a shiny and robust account of the day-long conflict that placed the Allies at the march towards victory in international warfare II.
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Another minor counter-attack at 0800hrs did little other than anger Jottrand, who was becoming increasingly disaffected with the efforts of the men under his command. Bloc 2 at Eben Emael. The attacking German forces eventually suppressed this position with a 50kg shaped charge placed on the position’s observation dome, killing the occupant of the dome. com The Fall of Eben Emael – Belgium 1940 While events were playing out at Coupole 120 and around Bloc 1, Wenzel’s temporary period in command came to an end with, for the Germans, a welcome arrival, as recounted by para Kurt Engelmann: 0830hrs, 10 MAY 1940 Witzig arrives to take command of Sturmgruppe ‘Granit’ Coupole 120 (foreground) sat in the centre of Fort Eben Emael and contained the fortress’s heaviest weaponry – two 120mm guns.
The small group of men dug in on the west bank of the canal and began to exchange fire with the Belgian troops, who launched a series of counter-attacks that continued throughout the day until early evening. Casualties mounted among the Germans – by 1200hrs they had suffered four dead and six seriously wounded. Reinforcements in the form of Infanterie-Regiment 151 reached them at 2230hrs, but by the time they were relieved from the line around daybreak on the 11th the paras had suffered 22 dead and 26 wounded, plus one missing in action.
Sturmgruppe ‘Eisen’ (‘Iron’), led by Leutnant Martin Schächter, was responsible for the bridge at Kanne, and had 90 men in ten gliders. Finally, Sturmgruppe ‘Beton’ (‘Concrete’) was the largest of the bridge-assault teams, involving 11 gliders and 134 men, commanded by Leutnant Gerhard Schacht. As with the fortress assault, the Belgian forces holding the bridges suffered from procedural complexities that would dog the defence of their positions. The bridges at Veldwezelt and Vroenhoven, for example, were commanded by Capitaine-commandant Giedelo stationed some distance away at Lanaken, Belgium, rather than having an on-site or at least proximate commander.
Assault on Juno by Mark Zuehlke