DECISIVE ACTION, NO.1
In the first of a new series that examines criterial battles involving British and Commonwealth forces, we look at the D-Day action on Sword Beach.
FACTBOX: SWORD BEACH (Part of the Normandy Invasion)
Date: 6 June 1944
Location: Between Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer and Ouistreham, Normandy, France.
(I Corps) General Sir John Crocker GCB, KBE, DSO, MC
(3rd Division) Major-General Thomas Rennie CB, DSO, MBE
(27th Armoured Brigade) Brigadier George Prior- Palmer CB, DSO
(6 Beach Group [later also acting CO of 5 Beach Group]) Lieutenant-Colonel R Sale
(716th Infantry Division) Generalleutnant Wilhelm Richter
(21st Panzer Division) Generalmajor Edgar Feuchtinger
3rd (British) Division
27th Armoured Brigade
6th Airborne Division (preliminary drop)
716th Infantry division
21st Panzer Division