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6th Airborne Division - 5th Parachute Brigade - 12th Parachute Battalion - War Diaries


6th June 1944

Place: Ranville

0100 -  OPERATION OVERLORD.  Bn landed in CHERBOURG PENINSULAR (link up posn in LE BAS DE RANVILLE and high ground SOUTH.  B + C Coys fwd A Coy NORTH covering rear and watching bridges).  Maj Mayfield, Capt Turnbull, Lt Sharp, Lt Austin and 100 ORs missing.  Lts Tottingham-Smith and Campbell and 12 O.Rs wounded.

Place: Le Bas de Ranville

1200 - Capt Sim and 7 O.Rs fought very gallant action area HEDGEROW S.W. of Bn Posn.  Held off attack by Enemy Coy supported by 3 S.P. Guns.  4 O.Rs killed.  Tiger tank destroyed B Coy area.

2100 - Bn came into reserve under comd 6 Airldg Bde.  A Coy moved fwd area x rds 103727.

7th June 1944

Place: Le Bas de Ranville

1300 - Bn attacked by 8 Mk IV tanks and 50 lorried inf.  3 Tanks destroyed and attack driven off.  Approx enemy casualties 6 Offrs 110 O.Rs.

2100 - Bn relieved by 12 Devons came into Div Reserve and Rest area in village under comd 5 Para Bde.

1230 - Pte Hall 'B' Coy destroyed 2 Mark IV Tks with 2 shots with 6 Pdr.  He had never fired a 6 Pdr. before.  Majors Darling and Ritchie & Lt Stirling wounded.

8th June 1944

Place: Le Bas de Ranville

1130 - Moved into rest area 1 mile N of RANVILLE.  Still in 5 PARA BDE reserve.  Capt Bernhard OC 'A', Capt Firth Adj.