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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 007077 Aeriel view of LZ N

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Aerial view of LZ N after the main drop

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BHC 007078 Aerial view of LZ N in March 44

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Aerial view of LZ N in March 1944

BHC 007078 Aerial view of LZ N in March 44

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BHC 007079 Wounded troops crossing Pegasus Bridge

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A wounded soldier is brought back to the rear Echelon for treat ment across Pegasus bridge.

BHC 007079 Wounded troops crossing Pegasus Bridge

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BHC 007080 Montgomery Gale and Poett

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Montgomery talks to Maj Gen Gale and Brig Poett

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BHC 007081 Members of 6 Airborne Division with a local female civilian

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A group of 6 AB Div soldiers fraternise with a local civilian girl

BHC 007081 Members of 6 Airborne Division with a local female civilian

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BHC 007082 Airborne troops with an 6 Pounder

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Soldiers of 6 AB Div prepare for take off by loading a 6 Pounder gun

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BHC 007083 Maj Gen Gale's Glider after landing

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Maj Gen Gales glider shortly after his arrival in Normandy

BHC 007083 Maj Gen Gale's Glider after landing

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BHC 007084 German troops on a motorcycle and sidecar

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Three German soldiers on a motorcycle and sidecar in the Ranville area

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BHC 007085 Traffic on Pegasus Bridge

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Vehicle traffic crosses the Pegasus Bridge heading back towards Ouistreham

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BHC 007086 One of the Pegasus Coup de Main gliders

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One of the coup de main gliders after the operation to capture the bridge by 2 Ox and Bucks under Maj Howard

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BHC 007087 A 6 AB Div officer giving a map briefing prior to the operation

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A 6 AB Div officer gives a map briefing

BHC 007087 A 6 AB Div officer giving a map briefing prior to the operation

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BHC 007088 A tank view covering the killing field

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A tank view across open ground in the Ranvill/Breville area

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BHC 007089 Airborne troops prepare to board before the D Day operation

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6 AB Div troops prepare to board their aircraft prior to the flight to Normandy.

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BHC 007090 Maj Gen Gale's Glider after landing

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Maj Gen Gale's glider shortly after landing.

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BHC 007091 Members of 6 Airborne Division

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Members of 6 Airborne Division drinking tea and smiling between the fighting

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BHC 007092 Airborne armada

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Part of the airborne armada this Allied bomber overlooks the invasion flotilla in the Channel

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BHC 007093 A glider being pulled off the runway by its towing bomber

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A glider being pulled off the runway by its towing bomber

BHC 007093 A glider being pulled off the runway by its towing bomber

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BHC 007094 A member of the SS Brigade (Commando) briefs a sniper team

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A member of the SS Brigade (Commando) briefs a sniper team

BHC 007094 A member of the SS Brigade (Commando) briefs a sniper team

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BHC 007095 Maj Gen Gale about to set off for the invasion

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Maj Gen Gale about to set off for the invasion

BHC 007095 Maj Gen Gale about to set off for the invasion

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BHC 007096 Rommel's Asparagus

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A perfect example of Rommel's Asparagus - also seen sheelbusrts over the industrial works

BHC 007096 Rommel's Asparagus

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