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#1 hondo10


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:39 AM

Who has some historical knowledge about if and how many POW's the allies took as they secured the Normandy beachhead on D-day? Were they just simply too overcome by the slaughter of their fellow soldiers on the beach, to take any POW's? Or was there an opportunity and a willingness to take German prisoners as the beachhead was secured and day's fighting came to a close?
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#2 Ron Goldstein

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:21 AM


Welcome aboard !

Havn't explored the forum for other threads that dealt with this subject, you might try this yourself by doing a search on "POW on D-Day", but for starters you might be interested in the statistics given by the following link:

Invasion Of Normandy/ D-Day :: European Europe History

Invasion Of Normandy/ D-Day

On June 6, 1944 the largest amphibious assault in history took place. On the morning of the Invasion of Normandy, beaches in the area of Cotentin, France, were bombarded with over 5,000 tons of bombs, destroying anti-invasion equipment and de-mining many areas. The official British history says: "Never has any coast suffered what a tortured strip of French coast suffered that morning." Following the bombardment over 100,000 soldiers swam ashore (Normandy), and 11,700 paratroopers were dropped (D-Day) to secure Normandy Beach.
The casualties for the invasion were extensive. Five thousand, four hundred and thirty-six paratroopers were either killed or wounded (D-Day). Fifty-seven thousand prisoners were taken and only 4,000 French and 2,700 American lives were lost.


if you are like me you did a double-take on reading "only 4,000 French and 2,700 American lives were lost" but I did check it out and that's what was written !
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 09:36 AM

After action reports and War Diaries record plenty of examples of prisoners being taken even after the fiercest fighting.

The Administrative History of 21 Army Group records that plans were made to accommodate 500 prisoners a day for the first ten days. In fact only 12,153 prisoners were taken up to 26 July. This does not include US figures.

It is reported that large numbers of prisoners were not German but other nationalities with Russians and Poles predominating. Prisoners were generally amenable, did not attempt to escape, helped build their own cages and worked at unloading stores and other tasks in the rear areas.
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#4 Drew5233


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:20 AM

Ron whats the source of that info?

only 4,000 French and 2,700 American lives were lost.

I think they forgot about the British and Canadian effort. Not sure I agree with the use of the word 'Only' either.
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