Bloody victory: Canadians and the D-Day, campaign 1944 by J. L Granatstein

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The survivors then had to wait on the beach while the Queen's Own mopped up, prior to moving through Bernieres. The inhabitants, peering cautiously out of their homes, some of which were in ruins, were astonished to discover that the Canadians were French-speaking. " By late afternoon, supported by the Fort Garry Horse, the battalion had moved on and taken Beny-sur-Mer. The Chaudieres received timely and effective support from HMCS Algonquin when the Canadian destroyer dropped thirteen out of fifteen shells directly on a battery of three 88mm guns holding up the advance.

The troops are wearing inflatable life-preservers, designed to go over their battledress and equipment. D. Perkins from Ottawa finds a comfortable spot on the front seat of his truck to write a letter home. One worry for invasion planners was that soldiers, crammed into the landing ships, would lose their "fighting edge" during the long wait for action. (PA132881/Public Archives Canada) One reason for Germans to believe that a Normandy landing was impossible was that there were no port facilities on the long open beaches.

A strong nationalist, popular with his men and a "scientific" soldier, McNaughton raised doubts among British generals about his ability to command troops in battle. (PA132648/Public Archives Canada) 29 30 BLOODY VICTORY Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower-a military-minded politician and a politically astute general-were to have second thoughts about their field commander, General Montgomery. Neither of them really understood Monty's strategy, and both would try to meddle at crucial moments in the campaign.

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