Time Label: D-Day

2400

Casualties at Sword Beach on D-Day: Total casualty figures for D-Day were not recorded at the time and are difficult to confirm in full. Around 1,300 British soldiers became casualties. Other…

2400

Sword Beach: At the end of D-Day: The airborne troops had achieved their objectives and managed to hang on to the ground that they had seized, despite strong German counter-attacks. The…

2100

21st Panzer Division’s troops withdraw from the coast when they see further British airborne forces (6th Airlanding Brigade) in 248 gliders pass overhead and land to their rear.

1600

German troops of 21st Panzer Division launch a counter-attack. When their advance towards the landing beaches is halted by British troops, they continue into the two mile gap between Juno…

1310

The strong defences of German strongpoint ‘Hillman’ frustrate British efforts to capture it. The strongpoint’s continued resistance prevents other British troops passing by towards Caen.

1300

The Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade reach Pegasus Bridge, and cross over to the east to reinforce the airborne troops.

1100 – 2100

Several strong attacks from south against the airborne bridgehead are repulsed.

0900 – 1300

Troops advancing from the beach capture several German strongpoints inland, and continue the advance on Caen.

0840

More commandos land. After dealing with some surviving German defenders near the beach, they advance inland at speed, towards the airborne landings.

0820

No.4 Commando – including attached Free French Commandos – land at the far eastern end of the landing area, and advance further east along the coast to deal with strongpoints…

0725

The first assault troops land, on a relatively narrow frontage. DD (amphibious) tanks arrive at the same time as the infantry rather than slightly ahead of them, delayed by the…

0645

Support landing craft begin to fire guns and rockets against German defences along the beach.

0600

The first waves of assault landing craft set off from their landing ships several miles out at sea, heading for the beach.

0530

Allied warships begin bombarding German coastal gun batteries and artillery positions.

0430

Troops from No.9 Para attack the German coastal gun battery at Merville. Though they are missing much of their men and equipment, the attack succeeds and the airborne troops disable…

0335

Bomber aircraft of RAF Bomber Command attack a range of targets in the whole landing area.

0050

The main force of British 6th Airborne Division begins to land by parachute, on three drop zones.

2400

Casualties at Juno Beach on D-Day: Total casualty figures for D-Day were not recorded at the time and are difficult to confirm in full. Allied army casualties were around 1,240. Allied…

2400

Juno Beach: At the end of D-Day: The landings on Juno Beach had been delayed by the hard fighting on the beach and in the seafront villages. Once into more open…

1800 – 1900

The reserve brigade’s leading infantry battalion takes over the advance. German tanks forces have counter-attacked into the two mile gap between Sword and Juno Beaches, some reaching the coast. In…

1950

Canadians have reached Phase Line Elm, an objective six miles inland.

1600

Due to congestion, some reserve infantry brigade troops are only now able to move off inland in force.

1140

The reserve infantry brigade starts to land. Its troops have objectives much further inland. As the tide has come in, the exposed beach is very narrow, and only a limited…

1000

The Canadians who had landed in the west on Mike Sector have reached 3km inland. On Nan Sector in the east, the Canadians are still clearing German defenders from the…

0843

No.48 (Royal Marine) Commando come ashore on the far eastern side of the landing area. They land infront of a strongpoint, and the Canadian infantry have not yet been able…