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Orne Bridgehead

Operation Deadstick was the codename for an airborne forces operation by the British Army that took place on 6 June 1944 as part of the Normandy landings. The mission's objective was to capture intact two road bridges in Normandy across the River Orne and the Caen Canal providing the only exit eastwards for British forces from their landing on Sword Beach. Intelligence reports said both bridges were heavily defended by the Germans and wired for demolition. Once captured, the bridges had to be held against any counter-attack until the assault force was relieved by commandos and infantry advancing from the British landing zone.

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BHC 007017 Montgomery is flanked by Maj Gen Gale and Brigadier Kindersely

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Taken on 8 March 1944 Montgomery is flanked by Maj Gen Gale on the left of the picture and Brigadier The Hon H.K.M. Kindersely (commander 6th Airlanding Brigade) on the right of the picture.

BHC 007017 Montgomery is flanked by Maj Gen Gale and Brigadier Kindersely

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BHC 007018 An oblique view of a model made of the Merville Battery

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An oblique view of a model made of the Merville Battery by Army Intelligence and used a s abriefing tool. The village of Merville can be seen in the bottom left hand corner, the battery is visible in the ...

BHC 007018 An oblique view of a model made of the Merville Battery

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BHC 007019 General Montgomery gives a talk to parachutists

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General Montgomery gives a talk to parachutists from the 6th Airborne Division in March 1944.

BHC 007019 General Montgomery gives a talk to parachutists

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BHC 007020 Brigadier J E N Poett

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Brigadier J.E.N. Poett, commander of 5th Para Brigade, recieving the DSO from General Montgomery

BHC 007020 Brigadier J E N Poett

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BHC 007021 A Sherman tank from 13th 18th Hussars

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A Sherman tank from 13th/18th Hussars movesthrough the fields on the outskirts of Breville. Damage from a previous encounter can be seen in the background.

BHC 007021 A Sherman tank from 13th 18th Hussars

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BHC 007022 Men of the 1st Special Service Brigade

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Men of the 1st Special Service Brigade pass through a French village on 6 June.

BHC 007022 Men of the 1st Special Service Brigade

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BHC 007023 Parachutists dropping from Douglas C 47 Skytrains

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Parachutists dropping from Douglas C-47 Skytrains (Dakotas)

BHC 007023 Parachutists dropping from Douglas C 47 Skytrains

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BHC 007024 Allied troops in Ste-Honorine

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Allied troops in Ste-Honorine

BHC 007024 Allied troops in Ste-Honorine

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BHC 007025 Hamilcar gliders of 6th Airlanding Brigade

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Hamilcar gliders of 6th Airlanding Brigade bring the Tetrarch tanks belonging to 6th Airborne Division Reconaissance Regiment onto DZ N on the 6th June

BHC 007025 Hamilcar gliders of 6th Airlanding Brigade

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BHC 007026 Troops hitching up a trailer

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Troops hitching up a trailer to a jeep which has just been off loaded from a Horsa Glider on DZ N.

BHC 007026 Troops hitching up a trailer

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BHC 007027 Commandos from 1st Special Service Brigade on the afternoon of 6th June

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Commandos from 1st Special Service Brigade on the afternoon of 6th June having just crossed the bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne.

BHC 007027 Commandos from 1st Special Service Brigade on the afternoon of 6th June

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BHC 007028 An aerial photograph of the Merville Battery taken in May 1944

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An aerial photograph of the Merville Battery taken in May 1944

BHC 007028 An aerial photograph of the Merville Battery taken in May 1944

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BHC 007029 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting 6th Airborne Division

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting 6th Airborne Division on 19th May 1944. The first aircraft is an Albermarle and the sedon a Halifax ready to tow a Hamilcar glider and the thrd is a Short Sterling ...

BHC 007029 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting 6th Airborne Division

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BHC 007030 A paratrooper jumps through a hole in the fuselage of an Albermarle

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A paratrooper jumps through a hole in the fuselage of an Albermarle

BHC 007030 A paratrooper jumps through a hole in the fuselage of an Albermarle

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BHC 007031 Maj Gen Gale talking to airborne troops at their transit camp on 4 June 1944

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Maj Gen Gale talking to airborne troops at their transit camp on 4 June 1944

BHC 007031 Maj Gen Gale talking to airborne troops at their transit camp on 4 June 1944

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BHC 007032 Stirlings line up ready for the airborne invasion

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Stirlings line up ready for the airborne invasion operations on 5 June at RAF Keevil, Black and White stripes were painted aroud the wings and fuselage of all Allied aircraft to try to prevent Blue on ...

BHC 007032 Stirlings line up ready for the airborne invasion

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BHC 007033 Lieutenant Smiths Glider 93 on LZ X on 12 June

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Lieutenant Smith's Glider 93 on LZ X on 12 June.

BHC 007033 Lieutenant Smiths Glider 93 on LZ X on 12 June

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BHC 007034 Two of the three gliders that landed close to the canal bridge

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Two of the three gliders that landed close to the canal bridge, number 93 is in the front of the photo and carried Lt Woods and behnd that is Lt Brotherdige's glider which also carried their OC John Howard. ...

BHC 007034 Two of the three gliders that landed close to the canal bridge

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BHC 007035 Part of 6th Airlanding Brigade on the evening of the 6th June

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Part of 6th Airlanding Brigade on the evening of the 6th June at RAF Tarrant Rushton. All of the tugs are Halifaxes and most of the gliders are Hamilcars with the exception of the the two Horsas at the ...

BHC 007035 Part of 6th Airlanding Brigade on the evening of the 6th June

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BHC 007036 Maj Gen Gale talking to parachutists

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Maj Gen Gale talking to parachutists before they emplane on 5 June, the aircraft in the background is a Armstrong Whitworth Albermarle

BHC 007036 Maj Gen Gale talking to parachutists

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