BITTER AND BLOODY

Stephen Fisher outlines No.4 Commando’s efforts to take Ouistreham and neutralise its formidable Atlantikwall defences

Men of 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, coming ashore from LCI(S) on ‘Queen Red’ sector, Sword Beach
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At 07:26hrs, the first landing craft ground ashore on ‘Queen White’ and ‘Queen Red’ beaches in Sword Area. Heading south, the men of 3rd British Infantry Division drove inland, securing a deep beachhead and linking up with forces advancing inland from the Juno landing beaches the following day. Ahead of them, commandos advanced on Pegasus Bridge and into the large bridgehead captured overnight by members of the British 6th Airborne Division.

All too often, the march on Pegasus Bridge dominates the commando’s D-Day story. But while some men headed south, No.4 (Army) Commando struck east to secure the resort town of Ouistreham and the six 15cm German coastal defence guns at Stützpunkt 8.

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