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Tests later showed that this actually had greater penetrating power even than the infamous 88mm KwK 36 fitted to the German Tiger. The Sherman with the most prominent role on D-Day was the amphibious DD Sherman. The tank’s lower hull was sealed and it was fitted with a tall all-round flotation screen, a bilge pump and ‘Duplex Drive’, hence DD, which amounted to a propeller at the rear linked to its engine. 6mph. Another variant of the Sherman to see extensive use on D-Day was the Crab, which was fitted with a spinning motorised cylinder at the front that pounded the ground with chains to detonate mines.

It was soldiers such as these who fought the British 6th Airborne on D-Day. A posed photograph showing an airborne infantry platoon about to take off in a Horsa glider (looking towards the rear of the aircraft). Note the cramped conditions, the flimsy infrastructure, chest harness and tiny porthole. the nearest unit, the 2nd Battalion of the 192nd Panzergrenadier Regiment, based at Cairon, west of the bridges, to attack. Meanwhile, Colonel Hans von Luck of the 125th Panzergrenadier Regiment had also heard about the parachute and glider landings.

This was to mask the ‘landings’ but deliberately leaving a big enough gap for the remaining German radar stations to see something happening. One of the masterminds of Taxable and Glimmer, Dr Robert Cockburn, said: “Imagine the scene. A frightened under-trained young conscript radar operator sees the ‘ghost’ fleet on his screen and reports it to his headquarters as the long-expected enemy invasion force. So do his colleagues at other radar stations along the coast. Soon there appears a nice broad arrow on the situation map at the headquarters.

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