I heard that there was actually a LOT of film of the D-Day invasion that was lost when it accidentally went in the drink while being transferred back to a ship.
During Operation Dragoon.
Well the first casualties on 6 June 1944 were all elements participating in operation Neptune.
A DD was struck by shore battery fire and sank rapidly. Also the precursors to the UDTS/SEALS lost men clearing obstacles.
Interesting site, shows all the support vessels that were firing in support of the DDay landings. It has them broken up by beach/etc. A LOT of firepower.
This is Sword beach's supporting fire ships. Crazy. 3 Battleships, 5 cruiser, a pile of destroyers. Storch's picture at the top of this page, post #21, is of USS Nevada @ Sword beach. 10 14" guns, 16 5" guns, 32 40mm guns, and 40 20mm guns.Quote
- HMS Ramilles. Royal Sovereign class, commissioned 1917.
- HMS Warspite. Queen Elizabeth class, commissioned 1916.
- U.S. Navy battleship Nevada bombarding the invasion beaches: Martin K.A. Morgan.
- HMS Arethusa. Arethusa class light cruiser, commissioned 1935.
- HMS Danae. D-class light cruiser, commissioned 1918.
- OPD Dragon (Polish). Dragon-class light cruiser, commissioned 1917, torpedoed 8 June.
- HMS Frobisher. Hawkins class, commissioned 1924.
- HMS Mauritius. Fiji-class light cruiser, commissioned 1941.
- HMS Eglington. Hunt class, commissioned 1940.
- HMS Kelvin. K class, commissioned 1939.
- HMS Middleton. Hunt class, commissioned 1942.
- HMS Saumarez. S class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Scorpion. S class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Scourge. S class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Serapis. S class, commissioned 1943.
- ORP Slazak (Polish). Hunt class, commissioned 1942.
- HNoMS Stord (Norwegian). S class, commissioned 1943.
- HNoMS Svenner (Norwegian). S class, commissioned 1944, lost 6 June.
- HMS Swift. S class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Verulam. V class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Virago. V class, commissioned 1943.
- HMS Roberts. Roberts class, commissioned 1941.
I'm reading "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" again right now. My favorite paragraph is about the gunnery officer on USS Johnston, who targeted an individual Jap Officer waving his sword on a beach trying to rally his troops. Put all 5 5" guns on him, let the gun director computer do its thing, then hit him/right by him, with all 5 rounds. Captain said "nice shooting, but don't use so much ammunition on one Jap again". The firepower on a Fletcher destroyer is unreal, the description of it in action in this book is fantastic. It's difficult to imagine what it'd be like on the receiving end of a battleship, or even a cruiser.
Under a bright sun, the 96-year-old Penobscot Native American from Indian Island, Maine, stood steadily while the hymns of the Allied countries were played Friday in front of the monument commemorating the assault in Carentan that allowed the Allies to establish a continuous front joining nearby Utah Beach to Omaha Beach.
Shay regretted that the pandemic “is interrupting everything.” He is expected to be the only veteran at Sunday’s anniversary day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer.
It’s estimated that only about 2,500 survivors of the D-Day assault are still alive. Will anyone remember them and what they did after they’re gone?
Also, somewhat on topic still, regarding what it was like for the Germans under the bombardment of so many naval guns -
(Stole em from the Chive)
I have been busy with the 'ships on the air' event this week where different ships radio rooms are manned with amateur operators. The ships I got were:
SS John Brown
USS Clamagore (I strongly suspect this operator was aboard Yorktown because it was the same guy)
USS Turner Joy
USS North Carolina
SS American Victory
USS New Jersey
Tall Ship Elissa
There are still a few ships on the air, I didn't get all of them (not even close) but I spent too much time dicking around trying to get the foreign ships participating - I got gooseegged on those. There were many more ships and memorials I could have gotten if not for wasted time. Maybe next year I'll knock out the easy ones first. I also had trouble getting through to ships in the massachusetts area, pity because several were there and I could hear them fine, I may have gotten 1 or two of those, will have to look up locations of all of the ships I did get.
Currently reading “The Panzer Killers “ by Daniel Bolger. It details the record of the 3rd Armored Division from Normandy to Germany. Really surprising read, pretty harsh review of a lot of the senior leadership above the Corp level.
Also the precursors to the UDTS/SEALS lost men clearing obstacles.
Dad was a 17 year old UDT prepping for Operation downfall when the Enola Gay and Bock's Car took his job. (Thankfully)
He trained in Ft.Pierce, Fla. With Kaufmann?