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Colonel Bob Sink directed the attack of his 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) against Vierville and Beaumont with the objective of capturing the southern crossroads of St. Come-du—Mont. It was early on June 7th when the two battalions moved out. …
Colonel Bob Sink directed the attack of his 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) against Vierville and Beaumont with the objective of capturing the southern crossroads of St. Come-du—Mont. It was early on June 7th when the two battalions moved out. After four hours of stiff resistance they had secured Vierville and pushed southwest towards Beaumont. Despite several sharp firefights and severe pressure on their flanks, 1st Battalion 506th PIR captured Beaumont, but was able to go no further. Col. Sink ordered Dog Company forward to continue the attack. Dog Company, reinforced with light tanks fresh from Omaha Beach, rolled forward past Baker Company and headlong into a German counterattack aimed at retaking Vierville. - Paul J. Pratt
The Normandy Landings were the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of France (and later western Europe) and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front. Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt placed Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower in command of Allied forces.
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