Overhead aerial of the gun battery at Merville (3km east of Ouistreham) consisting of four medium casemates, after air bombardment, c May 1944. Bombing failed to penetrate the casemates and, because of the threat the battery posed to the landings on SWORD Area, it was attacked and neutralised by 9th Bn the Parachute Regiment in the early hours of 6 June.
The Merville Battery Today
The Pegasus Bridge in 1944
Gliders near Landing Zone N
Pathfinders synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
Major-General Richard Gale, GOC 6th Airborne Division, addresses his men, 4 - 5 June 1944.
The Airborne Assault: Major General Richard Nelson Gale OBE MC, the commander of 6th Airborne Division, talking to troops of 5th Parachute Brigade before they emplane at Royal Air Force Harwell on the evening of 4 or 5 June
Airspeed Horsa, towed by an Albemarle
Men of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, 6th Airborne Division being briefed for the invasion, 4 - 5 June 1944.
Position of HMS Arethusa and Merville marked.
The Airborne Assault: Riflemen of 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles, 6th Airlanding Brigade, 6th Airborne Division, aboard a jeep and trailer, driving off Landing Zone 'N' past a crashed Airspeed Horsa glider on the evening of 6 June
Lance Corporals A Burton and L Barnett of 6th Airborne Division guarding a road junction near Ranville, 7 June 1944. Horsa gliders can be seen behind.
Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade with captured Germans on the roof of their jeep at the glider landing grounds near Ranville, 7 June 1944. Note the Horsa gliders in the background.
Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade digging in near Horsa gliders on 6th Airborne's lodgement zone east of the River Orne, 7 June 1944.