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By Colonel S. L. A. Marshall

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This is genuine tale of mum or dad regiment of the recognized "Band of Brothers" effortless corporation. because the tens of hundreds of thousands of yank troops all started their method towards the forbidding German-defended Normandy coast, their comrades within the 82nd and a hundred and first Airborne divisions had already flown over the Channel and commenced losing and gliding into enemy territory. The Airborne Divisions had a task severe to the good fortune of the complete Normandy Landings; past the preliminary seashore touchdown components have been miles of flooded defended ditches and waterways. If the German troops controlled to protect those bottlenecks the american citizens on Utah seashore, on the severe correct of the operation, will be not able to maneuver ahead and can have foundered at the beach.The trap and retention of the 2 southernmost exits have been assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the plan was once good thought-out and could have very likely have succeeded handsomely. but the drop of the 506th like many...

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Water, rations end ammunition came in to the position about that time 1930. The battalion right flank was still open the left was protected by the swampy but firing could be heard about 1000 yards distant on the right rear, as Sink's men came on from Beaumont. Kinnard sent word that about 30 men should be sent along with tanks to reinforce Johnson at the lock, but because of a strange turn already taken in the situation at La Barquette, the word came too late to have any value. However, Lt William Morgan was sent along with 30 men.

He said to them, "Wait till you can be sure where you are. " When the country became recognizable with the increased light, a lieutenant with 25 or 30 men from the 506th asked for permission to take them on against the bridges at Le Port. Johnson told him to go. The party split soon after 0400 and the lieutenant led his group on along the canal. CAPTURE OF THE LOCK Johnson had already put his scouts out. They returned and reported that they had reconnoitered the road intersection which lay just ahead of the party.

Johnson decided to take the chance. " Then they joined. It was a party of 15 men, some of his own, and some from 506th Regiment. They had not yet oriented themselves. All had been moving about, trying to find something which would point the way to their objectives and in their aimless search, they had come gradually together. Johnson thought they had better keep moving south. So they went on along the ditches, and more men came to them from out of the shadows as they moved. A Good many of them were men from 506th's Third Battalion trying to keep their assignment at the Douve bridges near Le Port.

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