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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 007057 A Bren Gun Carrier

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A Bren Gun Carrier which had landed on Sword Beach passes a DZ N glider on the road from Ranville to Amfreville on 10 June

BHC 007057 A Bren Gun Carrier

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BHC 007058 A Sherman Firefly tank

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A Sherman Firefly tank from C Squadron 13th/18th Hussars in action near Breville

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BHC 007059 The Gordon Highlanders of 51st HIghland Division

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The Gordon Highlanders of 51st HIghland Division approaching the bridges over the Caen Canal and the River Orne on the afternoon of 10 June in order to reinforce 6 Airborne Division that night in the Bois ...

BHC 007059 The Gordon Highlanders of 51st HIghland Division

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BHC 007060 Officer of 6 Airborne Division

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Unknown officer of 6 Airborne Division

BHC 007060 Officer of 6 Airborne Division

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BHC 007061 Members of 6 Airborne Division going on a short period of leave

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Members of 6 Airborne Division going on a short period of leave

BHC 007061 Members of 6 Airborne Division going on a short period of leave

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BHC 007062 6th AB Div Gliders

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Gliders on the LZ after the 6 Airborne Division Airborne operation

BHC 007062 6th AB Div Gliders

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BHC 007063 Engineers putting in a pontoon bridge over Caen Canal

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Engineers put a pontoon bridge over the Caen Canal - the captured bridge can be seen in the rear

BHC 007063 Engineers putting in a pontoon bridge over Caen Canal

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BHC 007064 Members of 9 Para after the Merville operation

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Members of 9 Para after the assault on the Merville Battery

BHC 007064 Members of 9 Para after the Merville operation

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BHC 007065 Gliders over the English Channel

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Gliders and their towing bombers being towed over the English Channel on the way to start the D Day operation

BHC 007065 Gliders over the English Channel

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BHC 007066 Gliders on the LZ after landing

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Gliders on the LZ after the 6 Airborne Division Airborne operation

BHC 007066 Gliders on the LZ after landing

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BHC 007067 Members of 6 AB Division Military Police

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Members of 6 Airborne Division Military Police guard a road junction outside Ranville. They are (right) LCpl Burton of Boston Lincs and (left) LCpl L Barrett of Hove Sussex June 44

BHC 007067 Members of 6 AB Division Military Police

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BHC 007068 Officer of 6 Airborne Division

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Unknown officer of 6 Airborne Division

BHC 007068 Officer of 6 Airborne Division

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BHC 007069 Sea borne Bren carrier links up with Airborne Troops

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Members of the seaborne force link up with he airborne troops. Here you see a Bren Carrier of the sea borne troops.

BHC 007069 Sea borne Bren carrier links up with Airborne Troops

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BHC 007070 Gliders on the LZ after landing

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Gliders on the LZ after the 6 Airborne Division Airborne operation

BHC 007070 Gliders on the LZ after landing

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BHC 007071 Members of 6 Airborne Division between Troarn and Ranville

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Troops of 6 AB Division travel towards Troarn from Ranville

BHC 007071 Members of 6 Airborne Division between Troarn and Ranville

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BHC 007072 Maj Gen Gale with one of his officers

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Maj Gen Gale talk to Lt Rothschild on 10 June outside his Div HQ

BHC 007072 Maj Gen Gale with one of his officers

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BHC 007073 Inteligence interviewing a German prisoner

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Officer wearing an 8th Corps Arm Flash interrogates a prisoner taken on 26th June r

BHC 007073 Inteligence interviewing a German prisoner

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BHC 007074 A crashed glider

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A JNCO of 6 AB Div examines Glider 72 after it has crashed on landing in a built up area

BHC 007074 A crashed glider

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BHC 007075 Troops take cover behind a crashed glider

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Troops of 6 AB Div take shelter from enemy fire behind a Glider

BHC 007075 Troops take cover behind a crashed glider

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BHC 007076 Troops join their colleagues after landing on the DZ

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2100 hrs D Day as they landed glider troops made their way to their appointed positions as quickly as possible other gliders can be seen in the distance

BHC 007076 Troops join their colleagues after landing on the DZ

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