0515 hrs

⁃    The first landing craft carrying the Essex Scottish Regiment and Royal Hamilton Light Infantry approach the main beach separated into Red and White Beaches.

⁃    Five RAF Hurricane squadrons attack the beaches, bombing defenses and laying a smokescreen as the 4-inch guns on the four Hunt Class destroyers open fire.

⁃    Doc Alexander wrote: “At about 4:30 a.m. we could hear planes overhead flying towards the French Coast. It was still dark. Shortly afterwards we could hear explosions and could see the flashes of light on the Coast ahead, which did not now seem so far distant. Then the tracer bullets of the German Ground defense could be seen like thousands of fire rockets in the sky. Shortly after this, German Aircraft flew over us and some air fights could be seen, but not very distinctly.”

⁃    “The Coast was now clearly visible, daylight had come, but from now on all my references to time are very inaccurate. As far as the eye could see, the sea was covered with ships of all descriptions. We could see forms in near the shore which we took to be our leading T.L.C. There was a deafening roar over all, and smoke from firing guns and smoke screens were making visibility difficult, but the firing from the shore batteries did not seem excessive and nothing was really bothering us then as we were probably one-half mile from the shore.”


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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

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