It does not go so well
for the pathfinders. The strong wind and errors of drop lead to the desorganization
of the sticks. The markers are lost and some sticks are not on the DZ they were
assigned to. These errors will have an effect on the drops of the division that
will occur 30 minutes later.
While the planes of the division are approaching
the Normandy landing zones from 0050 hrs, the weather conditions lead again to
a scattering of the sticks. Many men are dispersed away from their intended DZ
or are in the flooded marsh of the river Dives and eventually drown.
spite of those scatterings, the men gather and go off to carry out their missions.The
9th Para Battalion of Lieutenant Colonel Terence Otway seize and destroy the Merville
battery at the price of heavy losses. The men of the 8th Para Battalion and of
the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion destroy the five bridges over the river Dives
to isolate the Eastern flank of the landing.
In the early afternoon the men
of the 1st Special Service Brigade, who landed in the morning on Sword Beach,
link up with the 7th Para Battalion and Major Howard's men. In the South a defensive
line is established in Bas-Ranville and in Le Mesnil on the edge of the forest
The end of the day :