D-Day Diary - June 6th 1944
TUESDAY 6 JUNE 1944
Weather Report; wind West North West, backing North West
Commencing at midnight, and through to 05.00 a.m. 1,056
British and 1,630 American heavy bombers bomb selected German
Op Titanic. Dummy parachutists, equipped with battle sound
effects, dropped just after midnight on selected locations
0130 hours. H-Hour for the US Airborne Divisions in the
area around St Mere Eglise.
0300 hours. German radar starts to pick up ship movements
off the Normandy beaches. Admiral Kranke issues orders to
repel an invasion.
0405 hours. US Assault troops start to board Landing Craft
from transport ships for landing on Utah beach.
0430 hours. First wave assault troops for Omaha Beach leave
the transports in their Landing Craft.
05.00 hours. First light; German shore batteries start
to engage Allied ships.
Miniature submarines X20 and X23 surface and commence to
flash green lights to seaward. Panzer Lehr Division at Chartres
ordered to Normandy.
05.30 hours. Allied warships open fire along a fifty-mile
front; 'the heaviest rain of shells ever to be poured on
land targets from the sea'.
0535 hours. DD tanks of A & B Squadrons, 13th/18th
Hussars, on order 'Floater' launch tanks approx 5,000 yards
0558 hours. Sunrise.
Due to tidal variations along the French coast H-Hour on
the various beaches was as follows:-
Utah and Omaha.. 06.30
Gold and Sword 07.25.
Juno right wing 07.35)
>both later delayed by ten minutes.
Juno left wing 07.45).
0629 hours. 28 DD tanks of 743rd Tank Battalion plus 14
conventional Sherman tanks land dry on the western part
of Omaha beach. Of those DD tanks from 741st destined for
the eastern end of Omaha 29 launched at 5,000 yards from
shore, of which 27 foundered in rough seas. Three more were
0630 hours. First Landing Craft reach Utah and Omaha beaches.
0640 hours. Surviving DD tanks of 70th Tank Battalion come
ashore on Utah.
0650 hours. Sexton SP guns of 86 Field Regiment, Royal
Artillery (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) commence firing from
0655 hours. DD tanks of A Squadron 13th/18th Hussars overrun
by LCTs containing AVRE tanks.
0708 hours. 2nd Ranger Battalion, U S Army, lands at the
foot of cliffs below Pointe du Hoc.
0720 hrs. Landing Craft bring C and D (DD tank) Squadrons
of 4th/7th Dragoon Guards close enough to drive ashore with
screens raised due to rough conditions. B and C Squadrons,
Sherwood Rangers launch DD tanks at 500 yards for a short
swim to the beach.
0725 hours. Flail tanks of 22nd Dragoons start to come
0730 hours. Surviving DD tanks of 13th/18th Hussars come
ashore on Queen sector of Sword Beach.
0739 hours. Self propelled artillery of 7th Canadian Infantry
Brigade start to fire from Landing Craft on the run in to
07.58 hours. DD tanks of 6th Armoured Regiment (1st Canadian
Hussars) land on Mike Sector, Juno Beach.
0800 hours. No movement possible on Omaha beach.
0810 hours. DD tanks of 10th Armoured Regiment (Fort Garry
Horse) land on Nan Sector after a "wet wade".
C Squadron and RHQ 13th/18th Hussars land on Sword Beach.
0900 hours. Panzer Regiment 22 leaves Caen, heading north-east
for the coast. Subsequently recalled to defend Caen.
0930 hours. A Squadron, 13th/18th Hussars and 1st Battalion
South Lancashire Regiment capture Hermanville-sur-Mer.
1030 hours. Tanks of Staffordshire Yeomanry land on Sword
Beach. 86th Field Regiment RA start to land Sexton SP guns
on Sword Beach.
13.00 hours. 9th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division lands and
is immediately redirected east, in support of the Airborne
1400 hours Panzer Regiment 22 ordered to move to the coast
in support of Panzergrenadier Regiment 902.
1410 hours. East Riding Yeomanry near Ouistreham.
15.00 hours. 48 Royal Marine Commando attack a German strongpoint
in Langrune-sur-Mer. 12 SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend
ordered to group near Caen.
15.30 hours. Landing Craft Gun (LCG) shell German strong
point in Langrune-sur-Mer.
18.30 hours. Centaur tanks of Royal Marine Armoured Support
Group attempt to destroy anti-tank obstacles in Langrune-sur-Mer.
21.00 hours. Troops from Panzergrenadier Regiment 902 reach
the coast near Lion-sur-Mer. Panzer Lehr Division suffers
massive air attacks en route to Normandy.
21.00 hours. Op. Mallard, Halifax-Hamilcar combinations
take off from RAF Tarrant Rushton carrying Tetrarch light
tanks and Carriers of 6th Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment.
Orne bridgehead declared secure.
Midnight; Utah beach fully secure and troops inland on
the line Carentan - St Mere Eglise. Only a narrow beachhead
on Omaha. 50th Infantry Division just short of Bayeux. British
3rd Infantry division some miles inland, direction Caen
with a broad base between Ouistreham and Lion-sur-Mer. Third
Canadian Division also well inland, if short of their main
objective, but expecting German counter attacks the next
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