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6th Airborne Division - 5th Parachute Brigade - 7th Parachute Battalion - War Diaries


5th June 1944

Place: Tilshead

Bn moves to rest camp in FAIRFORD PARK where short service was held by Rev PARRY - 1900 hrs bn moves to airfd - 2320 hrs Bn takes off.

6th June 1944

Place: Ranville

0100 - Bn completed drop but went into action with Coys at half normal strength due to some plane loads being dropped in wrong places and one load not dropping at all.

Place: Le Port and Benouville

0325 - Bn occupied objective and held it against various counter-attacks "A" and "B" Coys being heavily engaged.  Cas - killed 3 Officers, Capt Parry (Padre), Lt Bowyer and Lt Hill, and 16 ORs.  Wounded 4 Officers, Major TAYLOR, Capt WEBBER, Lt HUNTER & Lt TEMPLE & 38 ORs.  Missing, 170 ORs did not R.V. after drop. 

1325 - Bn of Commandos passed through bn posns.

2200 - Stick from a/c which failed to drop arrived by glider - included Major TULLIS and Lt THEOBALD and R.M.O. Capt YOUNG.

2230 - Bn of Royal Warwicks arrived and put in an attack on BENOUVILLE.

7th June 1944

Place: Le Port & Benouville

0015 - Bn relieved by Royal Warwicks.

0045 - Bn arrived in Bde res and rest area at 105734.  Odd ptys of men rejoined the bn at various times during the day.

Place: Le Hom

1330 - Bn moved out and took up a defensive posn in area 112735 (Div res).

8th June 1944

Place: Le Hom

Bn posns shelled and mortared at various times during the day, some times heavily.

2100 - Bn seaborne pty arrived.