D-day order of battle

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Bart150, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Bart150

    Bart150 Member

    Can anyone advise me where to find the naval order of battle for D-day? I know my father was there, but I need to find out what his ship was doing, and in which part of the battle?
    Bart
     
  2. jacobtowne

    jacobtowne Senior Member

    Can anyone advise me where to find the naval order of battle for D-day? I know my father was there, but I need to find out what his ship was doing, and in which part of the battle?
    Bart

    As far as I know, every American amphibious assault had a "D" Day.

    If you are referring to the Normandy invasion, I'm sure someone will come along with help.

    Welcome to the forums, by the way.

    JT
     
  3. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    the naval part of ovelord was operation neptune commanded by bertram ramsay.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  4. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    And the Supreme Commander of all Allied forces was the US General Dwight D Eisenhower :)
     
  5. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    the western ,american,task force was commanded by admiral ryder,i think.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  6. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    The Eastern Task Force was commanded by REar Admiral Philip Vian and the WesternTask Force was commanded by Admiral Alan Kirk
     
  7. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i know h.m.s warspite and h.m.s belfast were shelling coastal defences.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Welcome Bart,

    Can we assume you know the name of your father's ship or not?
    There do seem to be a few Naval orders of battle out there, might be worth checking out member Patelie's excellent website as a good starting point though:
    This page on Neptune itself:
    D-Day : Normandie 1944 - L'Assaut

    Using 'Operation Neptune naval/navy OOB' or 'Operation neptune naval/navy Order of Battle' as a search term turns up a fair few sites but a ship's name would really help.

    Good luck,
    Adam.
     
  9. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I have a map of the Naval Fire Plan for Normandy at home. I will upload it when I get there.
     
  10. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Found this on the nameless webpage "W"

    Allied warships
    Battleships
    Six battleships took part: three British and three US:
    · USS Arkansas
    · HMS Nelson
    · USS Nevada
    · HMS Ramillies
    · USS Texas (Flagship of Rear Admiral C.F. Bryant)
    · HMS Warspite
    Cruisers
    Twenty-five cruisers (19 British and Commonwealth, 3 US, 2 Free French, 1 Polish and 1 Dutch), including:
    · HMS Ajax
    · HMS Arethusa,
    · HMS Argonaut
    · USS Augusta (Flagship of Rear Admiral Kirk - Lt. General Omar Bradley embarked)
    · HMS Belfast (Flagship of Rear Admiral Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton)
    · HMS Capetown
    · HMS Ceres (Flagship of U.S. Service Force)
    · HMS Danae
    · HMS Diadem
    · HMS Durban (used as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater)
    · ORP Dragon (Polish, damaged in July and then used as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater)
    · HMS Emerald
    · HMS Enterprise
    · HMS Frobisher
    · Georges Leygues (Free French)
    · HMS Glasgow
    · HMS Mauritius (Flagship of Rear Admiral Patterson)
    · Montcalm (Free French, Flagship of Rear Admiral Jaujard)
    · HMS Orion
    · USS Quincy
    · HMS Scylla (Admiral Vian's flagship, mined and seriously damaged, out of action until after the war)
    · HNMLS Sumatra (Dutch, decommissioned due to crew shortages and losing her guns to HNMLS Flores and Soemba, used as blockship in"Gooseberry" breakwater)
    · USS Tuscaloosa
    Destroyers and escorts
    135 ships (eighty-five British and Dominion, 39 US, 7 Free French and 7 other Allied):
    · HMCS Algonquin (Canadian)
    · USS Amesbury
    · USS Baldwin
    · USS Barton
    · HMS Bleasdale
    · HMS Boadicea (torpedoed and sunk 13 June)
    · USS Carmick
    · HMS Cattistock
    · HMS Cottesmore
    · USS Doyle
    · HMS Eglinton
    · HMS Faulknor
    · USS Frankford
    · HMS Fury (mined 21 June and not repaired)
    · HMS Glaisdale
    · HMS Grenville
    · USS Harding
    · USS Hobson
    · HMS Jervis
    · HMS Kelvin
    · HMS Kempenfelt
    · HMCS Kitchener (Canadian)
    · ORP Krakowiak, (Polish, former HMS Silverton)
    · La Combattante (Free French, former HMS Haldon)
    · USS Laffey
    · USS McCook
    · HMS Melbreak
    · HMS Middleton
    · USS Murphy
    · USS O'Brien
    · HMS Pytchley
    · USS Satterlee
    · HMS Saumarez
    · HMS Scorpion
    · HMS Scourge
    · HMS Serapis
    · HMCS Sioux (Canadian)
    · ORP Slazak (Polish)
    · HMS Stevenstone
    · HNoMS Stord (Norwegian)
    · HNoMS Svenner (hit by German torpedo and sunk off Normandy at dawn, 6 June)[2] HMS Swift (mined and sunk 24 June 1944 off Normandy)
    · HMS Talybont
    · HMS Tanatside
    · USS Thomson
    · HMS Ulster
    · HMS Ulysses
    · HMS Undaunted
    · HMS Undine
    · HMS Urania
    · HMS Urchin
    · HMS Ursa
    · HMS Venus
    · HMS Verulam
    · HMS Vigilant
    · HMS Virago
    · HMS Wrestler (damaged by a mine and not repaired)
    Other warships
    508 ships (352 British, 154 US and 2 other Allied):
    · USS Bayfield, attack transport
    · HMS Centurion, old battleship sunk as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater
    · Courbet, Free Naval French Forces, old battleship sunk as a blockship in "Gooseberry" breakwater
    · USS Charles Carroll attack transport
    · HNLMS Flores, Dutch gunboat
    · HNLMS Soemba, Dutch gunboat
    · HMS Lawford, frigate (bombed and sunk}
    · HMS Roberts, monitor
    · HMS Bulolo, H.Q. ship
    The British 9th and 159th minesweeping flotillas and U.S. 7th Minesweeping Squadron provided minesweeping protection. A distant anti-submarine screen to the operation was provided by HMS Onslow, Offa, Onslaught, Oribi, Melbreak and Brissenden. Additional protection from E-boats was provided by various Motor Gun Boat flotillas.
     
  11. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

  12. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    As far as I know, every American amphibious assault had a "D" Day.
    JT

    100 D-Days in the Pacific alone so they say!
     
  13. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Naval Fire Plan

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  14. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    i read in one book that u.s destroyers had to nearly beach themselves at omaha beach to engage guns in bunkers,but another book says r.n hunt class destroyers did because of their shallow draught.does anyone know.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  15. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Lee, that is correct as far as I know. It might have been Stephen Ambrose's book "D-Day" that refers to it. He credits the Destroyer Captains as responsbile for ensuring that Omaha Beach was held on 6th june. Brave guys indeed.
     
  16. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Sword was by far the most heavily defended of all the landing beaches. The shelling forced the beach to be abandoned for further supply landings.
    There is somewhere a Schematic print of the landing serials. The first ashore were the DD tanks almost immediately the Sappers. Both Assault and Field. All tasked with different assault and defensive positions to overcome. All were successful.

    AS well as the printout of the landing serials, there is also a chart in double A4 size showing the pre D day position of every sea going craft in Southampton water.
    I have both here somewhere in the house. I would hazard a guess that they are on the net somewhere? I got mine from the Normandy Veteran Association.
    Sapper
     
  17. 4th wilts

    4th wilts Discharged

    thanks for helping me out with kirk funky dj.yours very sincerely,lee.
     
  18. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    On Sword the defenders were part of the 716th Static division backed up by elements of 21st Panzer as far as I know.
     
  19. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    You missed out the 12th SS Hitler Jugend Panzer Div. The toughest div in Normandy BAR NONE! As we knew to our cost. I also have a list of the Enemy units opposite us.....at first, seven and half panzer divs against the British.. Half a panzer div against the Americans.

    I have upstairs a copy of the original Sword D day maps...Day one and day two..The originals maps are in a museum. A mate of mine from the 1st Suffolks (Eighth Brigade)had them stuffed inside his uniform blouse when he arrived back in the UK.

    That was OK! some arrived back with primed grenades in their bosons.
    Sapper
     
  20. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    You missed out the 12th SS Hitler Jugend Panzer Div. The toughest div in Normandy BAR NONE! As we knew to our cost. I also have a list of the Enemy units opposite us.....at first, seven and half panzer divs against the British.. Half a panzer div against the Americans.

    I have upstairs a copy of the original Sword D day maps...Day one and day two..The originals maps are in a museum. A mate of mine from the 1st Suffolks (Eighth Brigade)had them stuffed inside his uniform blouse when he arrived back in the UK.

    That was OK! some arrived back with primed grenades in their bosons.
    Sapper
    The 12th SS were indeed one of the toughest formations Sapper but I dont think they were deployed on Sword Beach, they were further inland I thought.
     

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