By Tim Saunders
Among the veterans that Montgomery introduced again with him from the Mediterranean to spearhead the D-day invasion, have been West state soldiers of 231 Brigade. The Devons, Hampshires and Dorsets had already performed attack landings in Sicily and in Italy and changed one other brigade that were provisionally allotted to steer XXX Corps ashore on Jig area of Gold Beach.Unknown to the Allies, a high quality German department were moved ahead to the coast. This was once a similar German department that almost halted the americans at OMAHA and the West Countrymen needed to struggle super difficult for his or her targets. 231 Brigade confronted the sternest attempt of all British troops on D-day.
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Extra info for Gold Beach Jig: Jig Sector and West June 1944
There were other snakes on either side and we got safely to the hedge which should have been La Grande Riviere some eighteen feet wide. ' Major Mott realized that he had landed too far to the east. Meanwhile 231 Brigade's post-operational report recorded that ' 'The two [Hampshire] reserve companies, C and D, landed at 0740 hours, and also came under withering MG fire from pillboxes, which the t~nks that lande~ at H-Hour, were ineffectively trying to neutralise. ' Commg ashore m 1 Hampshire's second wave was Major David Warren who led C Company up onto dunes at the back of the beach: ' 'About twenty British troops could be seen fighting near some pillboxes at the edge of Les Roquettes.
Brigadier Stanier explained that, in addition to the artillery failure: 'The air strike NOT only missed Ie Hamel but most important the pillbox at the east end which caused all the trouble ... owing to insufficient liaison between ground and air, the RAF had not realized the importance of the target. ' However, with the troops planned to be closing in on Ie Hamel there was 61 no chance to rectify the situation. Brigadier Stanier went on to say that the 77mm, '... was completely defiladed from the sea by massive concrete walls and it had a magnificent enfilade shoot along the beach.
One member of the crew managed to get out and reported that the gun was loaded and that the flames might fire the shell at any moment. This was most disconcerting as it pointed directly at Battalion Headquarters. ' C/A Company's two hundred yard advance to the road began at 1345 hours and took over an hour to complete, driving back the determined field grade infantry of 352nd Division. The defenders of Ie Hamel were proving to be far superior to those coastal troops of 716th Division, who had been holding WN36 and les Roquettes.
Gold Beach Jig: Jig Sector and West June 1944 by Tim Saunders