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#1 MiloMorai

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 0715 AM

The 41 RM Commando landed on Sword - Queen but was in Red or White?

 

Wiki says White but been told it was Red.

 

Any maps easily accessed showing their progress in the first few days after landing?



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Posted 28 July 2017 - 1317 PM

The 41 RM Commando landed on Sword - Queen but was in Red or White?

 

Wiki says White but been told it was Red.

 

Any maps easily accessed showing their progress in the first few days after landing?

 

Sorry, I meant to reply earlier. The plan had No. 41 (RM) Commando landing on QUEEN WHITE and No. 4 Commando landing on QUEEN RED. However, No. 41 touched down on RED by mistake.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 1437 PM

Not unusual.  Sometimes there was a mistake made and units landed on the wrong beach.  Sometimes recon elements or the first wave found a beach unsuitable (for a variety of reasons) and subsequent echelons were diverted to an alternate beach.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 1529 PM

Not unusual.  Sometimes there was a mistake made and units landed on the wrong beach.  Sometimes recon elements or the first wave found a beach unsuitable (for a variety of reasons) and subsequent echelons were diverted to an alternate beach.

 

Yep, very common on D-Day. Unfortunately, the result was the opposite for No. 41. WHITE was relatively undefended and secured, but RED was still under intense fire, causing about 25 casualties (IIRC) to 41.



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 1532 PM

"And then the color blind beachmaster said..."



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Posted 29 July 2017 - 1751 PM

Thank you all.

 

Why did 41 land on RED?



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 1130 AM

Thank you all.

 

Why did 41 land on RED?

 

Never ran across a specific reason.






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