By Center of Military History United States Army
A spouse quantity to Omaha Beachhead, this narrative rounds out the account of the landings at corps point and lower than and relates the process VII Corps strive against operations which ended in the seize of Cherbourg on 27 June 1944.
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Lieutenant Swanson set up four blocks shortly after noon and within half an hour he trapped and largely destroyed a 4-vehicle enemy troop convoy moving cast from Beuzeville-au-Plain. Despite this success, Company A's positions were not sec ure as they were dominated by the enemy on the hill to the northwest. The Germans, however, made no determined effort to break through, although a fire fight continued most of the day as the enemy probed at the road blocks without discovering their essential weakness.
His group of men from the 507th Parachute Infantry had landed along the swamp east of the Merderet and assembled on the railroad embankment. They moved down to the la Fiere bridge and met their first opposition there at daylight. In an orchard near the group of houses east of the bridge, they were fired on by mortar and small arms. Several attempts to rush the houses netted only casualties. The engagement thus begun involved, in the course of the day, groups from all three parachute regiments. Company A, 505th Parachute Infantry, which had assembled almost to a man in the drop zone near Ste.
Come-du-Mont, and their mortar fire slackened immediately. Following this the naval fire was shifted to support the 2d Battalion, 50lst Parachute Infantry, at les Droueries. \V'ith enemy fire partially neutralized in the vicinity of la Barquette, Colonel Johnson resumed his efforts to take the Douve bridges. A new patrol, however, again reported progress to the west impossible because of heavy enemy fire. Colonel Johnson therefore ordered the extension of the defense at the lock east and west, pushing as close to the highway as possible.
Utah Beach to Cherbourg (6 June-27 June 1944) by Center of Military History United States Army