JUNO BEACH.

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  1. Trux

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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    Obstacle Clearance.
    The plans was to clear two gaps each 400 yards wide by H+75 minutes. One would be on Nan White, opposite Bernieres village and the other in the centre of Nan Red. Detachments of 5 Canadian Field Company were to land at H Hour and clear obstacles with explosives and bulldozers. 11 and 12 Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Units landed at the same time to help clear obstacles in water that was too deep for the Field Company personnel. Detachments of 262 Field Company were to land at H+20 minutes bringing in more equipment in LCMs.

    As on other beaches the tide was higher than had been planned for, partly because of delays and partly because of he weather. It was not possible to do much work on obstacle clearance. In addition 5 Canadian Field Company were particularly unlucky in their landing. One sections LCA stopped in eight foot of water making it difficult to get ashore and equipment was lost. Another section only managed to get half of its personnel ashore and all but one became casualties.

    The Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Units landed with the infantry. They had their own LCA(LCOCU) with their equipment. These were carried on the same LSI as the infantry assault companies. They attempted to clear some of the seaward obstacles but the water was already to deep and the sea too rough. They then attempted to work on obstacles near the shore but soon had to abandon that also. Perhaps unfairly No 11 LCOCU was criticized in the Force commanders report, considering that they ‘showed a lack of determination and failed to achieve any result.

    By the time 262 Field Company arrived the tide was even higher and little could be done. On Nan Red an attempt was made to clear a 200 yard gap but it was not entirely successful. The water was too deep for bulldozers to operate, personnel could not reach many of the obstacles, many charges, being underwater, did not detonate and work was hampered by craft and personnel in the water.

    The Field Companies concentrated on clearing beach exits and clearing mines until the tide went out and clearance could continue. The Landing Craft Obstacle Clearance Units assisted on clearing exits and on rescue work in the water.

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red
    Assault Infantry.
    Nan White.

    Forward Observation Officers Bombardment RCA.
    These went in advance of the wave of LCAs carrying the assault infantry. Their role was to observe the fire of the SP Field Regiments as they fired during the approach.

    *Serial 1426 is an LCS(M) from LSI(L) J30 Monowai
    3 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment. Forward Observation Officers Bombardment. Do not land at this time.

    *Serial 1427 is an LCS(M) from LSI(L) J30 Monowai
    3 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment. Forward Observation Officers Bombardment. Do not land at this time.

    The Queens Own Rifles of Canada
    *Serials 1428 to 1432 are 5 LCAs from LSI(L) J30 Monowai
    129 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Plus 20 stores spaces.
    3 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer.
    6 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RE. Plus 3 stores spaces. Demolition Team.

    *Serials 1433 to 1437 are 5 LCAs from LSI(L) J30 Monowai
    129 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Plus 20 stores spaces.
    3 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer.
    6 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RE. Plus 3 stores spaces. Demolition Team.

    The Queens Own Rifles of Canada received the order to make the final run in to the beach at 0805, although there was no sign of the LCTs carrying DD tanks and specialist armour. They landed on Nan White at 0815 with ‘A’ Company to the west of Bernieres and ‘B’ in front of the Bernieres strongpoint. ‘A’ Company got off the beach quickly and reached the railway line before being pinned down by mortar fire. They eventually moved inland.

    ‘B’ Company landed in front of the strongpoint which had 8 machine guns in concrete emplacements, two 50mm guns, on the sea wall and two 80mm mortar posts inland. The company suffered heavy casualties including 3 officers, a CSM and two serjeants. The company scaled the sea wall and outflanked the position.

    ‘C’ and ‘D’ Companies together with Battalion Headquarters came ashore at 0830. The companies passed through the village and together with ‘A’ Company prepared to move forward to the next task. ‘B’ Company remained on the beach to reorganise.


    Nan Red.
    Forward Observation Officers Bombardment RCA.
    *Serial 1439 is an LCS(M) from LSI(L) J31 Glen Lamont.
    3 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment. Forward Observation Officers Bombardment. Do not land at this time.

    *Serial 1440 is an LCS(M) from LSI(L) J31 Glen Lamont.
    3 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment. Forward Observation Officers Bombardment. Do not land at this time.

    North Shore Regiment.
    *Serials 1441 to 1445 are 5 LCAs from LSI(L) J31 Glen Lamont.
    129 men from North Shore Regiment. Plus 20 stores spaces.
    3 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer.
    6 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RE. Plus 3 stores spaces. Demolition Team.

    *Serials 1446 to 1450 are 5 LCAs from LSI(L) J31 Glen Lamont.
    129 men from North Shore Regiment. Plus 20 stores spaces.
    3 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer.
    6 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RE. Plus 3 stores spaces. Demolition Team.

    ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies landed at 0810. ‘A’ Company on the right cleared beach front houses, losing 24 men, and had cleared its planned beachhead by 0948. ‘B’ Company had the more difficult task of clearing a strongpoint at Saint Aubin which had several machine guns, a 50mm gun and several 80mm mortars. These were mostly in concrete emplacements which had hardly been touched by air and sea bombardments. AVRE and DD tanks assisted and the area was reported clear by 1115.

    ‘C’ and ‘D’ Companies landed about 0845. They passed through the beach head and set off for their objectives inland.

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red
    H+20 minutes

    Nan White.
    Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    *Serials 1451 to 1456 are 6 LCAs from J32 Duke of Wellington.
    134 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Plus 23 stores spaces. Includes alternative Battalion Headquarters.
    1 man from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade. Chaplain for Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    3 men and a handcart from ‘K’, Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Can. Division Signals. Plus 3 stores spaces.
    7 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    7 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    9 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance.

    4 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere. Unit Landing Officer party.
    1 man from North Nova Scotia Regiment (9 Canadian Brigade).

    11 men from 184 Field Company RE.
    2 men from 19 Beach Signals Section.


    *Serials 1457 to 1462 are 6 LCAs from J33 Isle of Guernsey.
    137 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Plus 18 stores spaces.
    2 men from 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment. Liaison Officer.
    7 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    6 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE. Plus 3 stores spaces.
    10 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance.

    7 men from 184 Field Company RE.
    2 men from 19 Beach Signals Section.
    2 men from 244 Provost Company.
    7 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    3 men from RN Beach Signals Section.
    2 men from RN Beach Commando. Assistant Beach Master party.


    *Serial 1463 was an LCH carrying Headquarters Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    Personnel are taken ashore by LCA Serial 1482 from J36 Prince David.
    8 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Battalion Command Group.
    3 men from Contact Detachment.
    4 men from 14 Field Regiment RCA
    4 men from Detachment ‘A’ Troop, 3 Bombardment Unit J.
    1 man from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals

    7 men and 3 handcarts from 19 Beach Signals.
    12 men from RN Beach Commando.
    10 men from RN Beach Signals.


    Nan Red.
    North Shore Regiment.
    *Serials 1464 to 1469 are 6 LCAs from J34 Brigadier.
    131 men from North Shore Regiment. Plus 21 stores spaces. Includes alternative Battalion Headquarters.
    4 men from Cameron Highlanders of Canada (MG).
    2 men from 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    7 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    13 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE. Plus 3 stores spaces.
    9 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance.
    3 men and a handcart from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals. Plus 4 store spaces.
    1 man from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade. Chaplain for North Shore Regiment.

    2 men from 19 Beach Signals Section.
    3 men from RN Beach Signals
    2 men from RN Beach Commando. Assistant Beach Master party.


    *Serials 1470 to 1475 are 6 LCAs from J35 St. Helier.
    135 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Includes Unit Landing Officer. Plus 21 stores spaces.
    1 man from 3 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment.
    7 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    13 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE. Plus 3 stores spaces.
    10 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance.

    2 men from 19 Beach Signals Section.
    14 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.


    *Serial 1476 is an LCH carrying Headquarters North Shore Regiment.
    Personnel are taken ashore by LCA 1483 from J36 Prince David.
    Serial 1463 was an LCH
    8 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada. Battalion Command Group.
    3 men from Contact Detachment
    4 men from 19 Field Regiment RCA
    4 men from Detachment ‘A’ Troop, 3 Bombardment Unit J.
    1 man from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.

    7 men and 3 handcarts from 19 Beach Signals.
    12 men from RN Commando
    11 men from RN Beach Signals

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 45 Minutes

    Nan White.
    *Serials 1477 to 1481 are 5 LCAs from LSI J36 Prince David.
    124 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere. Plus 25 stores spaces.
    1 man from 7 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment.
    7 men from 184 Field Company. Reconnaissance party for Green Beach.
    10 men with 2 bicycles from 244 Provost Company. Plus 4 stores spaces.

    *Serial 1482 is an LCA from LSI J36 Prince David.
    Craft to collect Battalion Headquarters Queens Own Rifles of Canada from LCH.
    2 men from 244 Provost Company.
    7 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    14 men from RN Commando.

    Nan Red
    *Serial 1483 is an LCA from LSI J36 Prince David.
    Craft to collect Battalion Headquarters North Shore Regiment from LCH.
    1 man from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    14 men from RN Commando.

    *Serial 1484 is an LCA from LSI J36 Prince David.
    Craft to report to J38 Waveney and be at the disposal of the Brigade Commander.
    See serial 1509 below

    *Serials 1485 to 1490 are 6 LCAs from LSI J37 Lady of Man.
    2 men from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade.
    126 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere. Plus 28 stores spaces.
    1 man from 7 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment.
    10 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance RCAMC.

    11 men from 184 Field Company. Reconnaissance party for Nan Green Beach.
    10 men with 2 bicycles from 244 Provost Company. Plus 4 stores spaces.
    11 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    3 men from 52 Balloon Unit RAF. Reconnaissance party.


    Nan White.
    La Regiment de la Chaudiere
    *Serials 1491 to 1496 are 6 LCAs from LSI J30 Monowai.
    132 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere. Includes Battalion Command Group. Plus 17 stores spaces.
    1 man from 3 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment.
    1 man from Highland Light Infantry of Canada
    2 men from ‘B’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    3 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    4 men from detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J.
    5 men and a handcart from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Can. Division Signals. Plus 4 stores spaces.
    1 man from Headquarters 8 Brigade. Chaplain for La Regiment de la Chaudiere.

    15 men and a handcart from 33 Field Dressing Station RAMC. Plus 4 stores spaces.
    19 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.


    *Serials 1497 to 1502 are 6 LCAs from LSI J31 Glen Lamont.
    126 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere. Plus 28 stores spaces.
    2 men from ‘B’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    9 men from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance RCAMC.

    15 men and a handcart from 34 Field Dressing Station RAMC.
    20 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.

    The first troops landed on Nan White at 0850 hours. The lack of exits and the enemy resistance at Bernieres meant that the battalion had to wait on the beach for an hour, under mortar and shell fire. They moved to an assembly area inland and waited a further two hours before setting off for its objectives around Beny sur Mer. They were supported by ‘A’ Squadron 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.



    8 Canadian Brigade Headquarters
    *Serial 1509 is LCH J38 Waveney acting as 8 Brigade Headquarters Ship.
    Personnel will be landed by LCA 1484 from J36 Prince David.
    8 men from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade Headquarters. Brigade Command Group.
    5 men from Headquarters 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Artillery Group Command.
    3 men from Headquarters 4 Special Service Brigade. Brigade Command Group
    2 men from Contact Detachment.
    3 men from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    4 men from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J.

    Mike
     
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    Nan Red.
    Commandos.

    H+45 minutes.
    Nan Red.
    48 Royal Marine Commando.

    *Serial 1503 is an LCI(S) carrying
    45 men with 4 lightweight motorcycle and 6 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    4 men and a handcart from 4 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop.
    4 men from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J. FOB No89.
    1 man and a lightweight motorcycle from Headquarters 4 SS Brigade.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.

    *Serial 1504 is an LCI(S) carrying
    77 men with 4 lightweight motorcycle and 8 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    2 men from 4 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.

    *Serial 1505 is an LCI(S) carrying
    75 men with 3 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.

    *Serial 1506 is an LCI(S) carrying
    75 men with 3 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.

    *Serial 1507 is an LCI(S) carrying
    75 men with 3 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.

    *Serial 1508 is an LCI(S) carrying
    75 men with 3 bicycles from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    48 Commando was to land with the reserve companies of 8 Canadian Brigade, which should have cleared the beach defences. It was then to move eastwards to clear the strongpoint at Langrune sur Mer before joining up with 41 Commando which had landed on Sword.

    Although scheduled to land on Nan Red the plan recognised that 48 Commando might have to be diverted to another beach. It seemed that the landings on Nan Red were going satisfactorily and 48 Commando were ordered to land as planned. On the run in it seemed that the landing would be unopposed but as the craft approached the beach they met machine gun fire from the St. Aubin strongpoint which was almost opposite the landing point. They were also fired on from mortars and artillery.

    One LCI(S), carrying ‘Z’ troop, was hit by shellfire. It then hit an obstacle and was unable to beach. Some Commandos attempted to swim ashore. Some succeeded but others were drowned in the strong undertow. The troop then managed to transfer from the LCI(S) to an LCT, and then from the LCT to an LCA and thus some forty men were able to get ashore.

    The LCI(S) carrying ‘Y’ troop also hit an obstacle and was unable to beach. The Commandos on this craft also transferred to an LCT. However disembarking was slow and casualties were mounting so the LCT withdrew with some 50 Commandos still on board. These were taken back to UK.

    ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘X’ troops were able to wade ashore through some three feet of water, the bicycles causing some problems. They first sheltered under low earth cliffs and sea wall until an exit could be found. By 0900 these troops plus Headquarters Troop were ashore and at the Assembly Area at La Rive, some 200 yards inland.

    At 1030 48 Commando was ready to move to Langrune sur Mer. It was already considerably weakened.
    - ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘X’ troops each had some fifty to fifty five men.
    - ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ troops had only some forty five men between them.
    - Headquarters had lost some twenty men and the support troop had only one 3” mortar and one Bren team.

    The Naval Commander Allied Expeditionary Force considered that it was an error to use LCI(S) at this early stage. They were essentially raiding craft and without the element of surprise they were very vulnerable.



    H+65.
    Nan Red
    HQ 4 SS Brigade also landed on Nan Red twenty minutes after 48 Commando.

    Two LCI(S) land Headquarters 4 Special Service Brigade and attached personnel.

    Headquarters 4 Special Service Brigade
    *Serial 1519 and 1520 are LCI(S) carrying
    60 men with 3 lightweight motorcycle and 3 cycles.
    47 men with 7 handcarts, 2 lightweight motorcycle and 4 bicycles from 4 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop.
    1 man from 4 Special Service Brigade Field Security Section.
    3 men with 2 bicycles from Special Service Group Film and Photographic Unit.
    4 men from Special Service Group Provost.
    9 men and 2 lightweight motorcycles from LAD 4 Special Service Brigade REME.

    4 men and 2 balloons from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.

    This was Brigade Main Headquarters under the Brigade Major. It landed about 0900 but took some time to get its equipment ashore down the narrow ramps and through the surf. It was established just east of Bernieres by 1010. The Brigade Commander and Tactical Headquarters travelled on Headquarters Ship HMS Waveney with the Commander 8 Canadian Brigade. These two landed together on Nan White and Commander 4 SS Brigade joined his Main Headquarters at 1130.

    The first vehicles for both Headquarters 4 SS Brigade and 48 Commando arrived with the LCTs at H+60.

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 60 Minutes.

    Nan White.
    A flight of LCT4 beach with ‘A’ Squadron, 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment plus priority vehicles for 8 Canadian Brigade.

    *Serial 1510 is an LCT4 carrying
    ‘A’ Squadron, 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    1 Sherman Vc Firefly with 4 crew.
    4 Sherman III with 20 crew.
    Plus
    La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    3 Carrier Universal.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    1 Jeep.
    1 Carrier Mortar.
    20 men.

    2 men from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade.
    2 men from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade Defence Platoon.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 7 Canadian Brigade. Liaison Officer.
    16 men and 4 handcarts from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 Carrier with 2 crew from ‘K’ Section (8 Canadian Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.

    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1511 is an LCT4 carrying
    ‘A’ Squadron, 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    1 Sherman Vc Firefly with 4 crew.
    4 Sherman III with 20 crew. Tow Porpoises. For Regimental and Squadron Commands.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 7 Canadian Brigade. Liaison Officer.

    La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    2 Carrier Mortar from
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    3 Carrier Universal with 9 crew from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    22 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.

    Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    3 Carrier Universal.
    14 men.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J. Vehicle for Queens Own Rifles of Canada Forward Observation Bombardment party.

    1 15cwt FFW with 2 crew from 375/114 LAA Regiment. Battery Command Reconnaissance.
    5 men from 375/114 LAA Regiment. Battery Command Reconnaissance.
    2 men from ‘C’ Section 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1512 is an LCT4 carrying
    10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    3 Sherman III with 15 crew. Tow Porpoises.
    3 Stuart Light Tank with 12 crew.

    La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    2 Carrier Mortar from
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    3 Carrier from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    22 men from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.

    1 Armoured Bulldozer Class II towing a Freuhauf trailer with 2 men vehicle party from 3 Canadian Field Park Company RCE.
    1 Carrier Mortar with 4 crew from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 321/93 LAA Regiment RA. ‘E’ Troop reconnaissance.
    4 men from 321/93 LAA Regiment RA. ‘E’ Troop reconnaissance.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    4 men from16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    2 men from ‘C’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1513 is an LCT4 carrying
    10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    1 Valentine Bridgelayer.
    2 Sherman Vc Firefly.
    2 Jeep.
    2 Sherman III. Tow Porpoises.
    44 men.

    Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    2 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    3 Carrier Mortar.
    3 Carrier Universal.
    21 men.

    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 375/114 LAA Regiment.
    4 men from 375/114 LAA Regiment.
    1 Carrier MMG with 4 crew from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    7 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.



    Nan Red.
    *Serial 1514 is an LCT4 carrying
    North Shore Regiment.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr gun.
    3 Carrier Universal.
    1 Carrier Mortar.
    18 men.

    5 Jeeps with 6 crew from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Headquarters 4 Special Service Brigade Signal Troop.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from Air Support Signals Unit tentacle. For 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    1 M14 Halftrack with 2 crew from ‘K’ (8 Canadian Brigade) Signal Section, 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    2 White Scout Cars with 10 men from Headquarters 5 Assault Squadron RE.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    4 men from 375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    2 men with a balloon from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1515 is an LCT4 carrying
    North Shore Regiment.
    2 Carrier Towing and 6pdr guns.
    2 Carrier Universal.
    1 Carrier Mortar.
    1 15cwt GS.
    18 men.

    ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    4 Carrier MMG.
    1 Carrier W/T.
    22 men.

    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Headquarters, 4 Special Service Brigade.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J.
    I Jeep with 2 crew. Contact Detachment.
    1 Armoured Bulldozer Class II and 2 men vehicle party from 3 Canadian Field Park Company. Tows a Freuhauf trailer loaded with trackway material.

    Mike.
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 65 Minutes

    Nan White.
    Three LCI(L) arrive with Beach Group personnel.

    *Serial 1516, 517 and 1518 are LCI(L)s carrying
    71 men from 16 Canadian Field Company RCE.
    9 men from 8 Canadian Brigade Defence Platoon
    4 men from ‘C’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    108 men from 184 Field Company RE
    174 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    156 men 170 Pioneer Company.
    52 men from 293 Pioneer Company. Stretcher Bearers.
    5 men from 104 RAF Beach Section.
    6 men and 3 balloons from 52 Beach Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1521 is a ML which does not beach but transfers personnel to LCH 1463, from which they will land by LCA.
    4 men from 14 Canadian Field Regiment SP RCA.
    11 men from RN Beach Commando

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 75 Minutes
    The Field Artillery lands.

    Nan White.
    A Flotilla of eight LCT4 arrive carrying 14 Canadian Field Regiment and priority vehicles for 8 Canadian Brigade.

    *Serial 1522 is an LCT4 carrying
    Priority vehicles for 8 Canadian Brigade.
    3 M14 Halftrack with 3 crew from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 Sherman III with 5 crew from 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment.

    1 Carrier MMG with 5 crew from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    4 men from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).

    1 15cwt from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    2 Carrier Towing with 6pdr AT guns from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    12 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.

    2 Carrier Towing with 6pdr AT guns from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.

    1 Jeep with 2 crew 155 Anti Aircraft Operations Room RA.
    2 men from 155 Anti Aircraft Operations Room RA.

    1 M14 with 2 crew from ‘K’ (8 Canadian Brigade) Signal Section, 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 BARV with 6 crew 23 Beach Recovery Section REME,

    1 3ton GS with 2 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    18 men with 3 handcarts from 184 Field Company RE.
    6 men 375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1523 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 Sherman OP with 5 crew.
    12 men.
    1 3ton Medical with 6 crew.
    1 Jeep with 4 crew.
    3 Canadian Division Signals. ‘G’ (14 Canadian Field Regiment) Section.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew.
    1 M14.
    1 Jeep and airborne trailer.
    1 M14 and 10cwt trailer.
    18 men.
    Plus
    1 Sherman III with 5 crew from 10 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 3ton GS with 2 crew 184 Field Company RE.
    2 men with 2 motorcycles from ‘C’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company. MCs carried in signals vehicles.
    2 Bulldozer Class II with 6 crew from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE. Towing 2 Jahn trailers loaded with trackway material.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1524 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    1 Sherman OP.
    2 Carrier OP.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    52 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.
    Plus
    1 Carrier Mortar with 4 crew from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    3 Carrier with 9 crew from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    1 White Scout Car with 6 crew from 72 Field Company RE. Reconnaissance party.
    3 men from Canadian Press Relations Service.


    *Serial 1525 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Carrier OP.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    48 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.
    Plus
    1 Carrier Mortar with 4 crew from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    3 Carrier with 9 crew Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    3 men from Canadian Press Relations Service.
    1 Amphibious Jeep with 2 crew from RN Commando.


    *Serial 1526 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Carrier OP.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    49 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.
    Plus
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    3 Carrier from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    14 men from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.

    1 Carrier Loyd with 3 crew from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group. Carries 1 man from 244 Provost Company and 1 man from 21 Army Group Movement Control Pool (Military Landing Officer). Reconnaissance party for Commander 8 Beach Group and Military Landing Officer.
    Note: this vehicle may have been replaced by a Weasel.


    *Serial 1527 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field regiment RCA.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Carrier OP.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    49 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    3 Carrier with 9 crew from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    1 Carrier with 3 crew from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    1 Carrier MMG with 5 crew from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).

    1 Amphibious Jeep with 4 crew from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment and 1 man from 244 Provost Company. Reconnaissance party for Commander 8 Beach Group.


    *Serial 1528 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Jeep.
    2 Carrier OP.
    55 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    3 Carrier with 9 crew from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    1 Carrier MMG with 5 crew from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).


    *Serial 1529 is an LCT4 carrying
    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Jeep.
    2 Carrier OP.
    55 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    3 Carrier with 9 crew from La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    1 Carrier with 3 crew from Queens Own Rifles of Canada.




    Nan Red
    *Serial 1530 is a ML which does not land but transfers personnel to LCH 1463 from which they will land by LCA..
    4 men from 19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    11 men from RN Commando.

    A Flotilla of LCT4 arrive carrying 19 Canadian Field Regiment and priority vehicles for 8 Canadian Brigade.

    *Serial 1531 is a LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 Carrier OP with 4 crew from Regimental Headquarters.
    2 Carrier from Regimental Headquarters.
    3 M14 Halftracks from Regimental Headquarters.
    1 Sherman OP from Regimental Headquarters.
    1 3ton Medical from Regimental Headquarters.
    38 men from Regimental Headquarters.
    1 Jeep and airborne trailer with 3 crew from 19 Canadian Field Regiment Signal Section.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 22 Canadian Field Ambulance.
    1 Tractor LAA with 5 crew from 375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 34 Field Dressing Station RAMC.
    1 ARV with 5 crew 23 Beach Recovery Section.

    6 men and a handcart from 184 Field Company RE
    1 Bulldozer Class I and Jahn trailer with 3 crew from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF


    *Serial 1532 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    1 Jeep.
    2 Carrier OP.
    54 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    3 Carrier with 9 crew from North Shore Regiment.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew 48 Royal Marine Commando.



    *Serial 1533 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    44 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    North Shore Regiment.
    3 Carrier.
    1 Carrier Mortar.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    1 Jeep.
    20 men.

    1 Bulldozer Class I with 3 man vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar.


    *Serial 1534 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    2 Carrier OP.
    48 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    North Shore Regiment.
    3 Carrier.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    14 men.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    1 Bulldozer Class I with 3 man vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar.



    *Serial 1535 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    43 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    North Shore Regiment.
    1 Carrier Mortar.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    9 men.

    4 Carrier MMG with 16 crew from ‘B’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ontario (MG).
    1 Bulldozer Class I with 3 man vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar.


    *Serial 1536 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    2 Carrier OP.
    48 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    North Shore Regiment.
    2 Carrier Mortar.
    1 15cwt.
    10 men.

    2 men from ‘C’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    1 Bulldozer Class I with 3 man vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar.
    5 men from Boom Command.


    *Serial 1537 is an LCT4 carrying
    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 M14 Halftrack.
    4 M7 Priest 105mm SP.
    2 Sherman OP.
    2 Carrier OP.
    2 Jeep.
    54 men.
    Each M7 Priest tows a Porpoise MkII and has 125 rounds of ammunition stowed loose.

    3 Carrier with 9 crew from North Shore Regiment.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 48 Royal Marine Commando.
    4 men from Boom Command.

    Boom Command was a Royal Navy unit. Boom Layers were used to lay the mooring buoys in the anchorage areas. It was known that the enemy had placed booms across the entrance to Courseulles harbour and these would have to be removed. There may have been boom defences planned for Courseulles harbour but no record has been found.


    *Serial 1538 is an LCT4 carrying
    1 Bulldozer Class I and Frahhauf trailer with 2 man vehicle party from 3 Canadian Field Park Company RCE.
    2 M14 Halftrack with 16 crew from 19 Canadian Field Regiment Signal Section.
    1 Jeep and 10cwt trailer with 2 crew from 19 Canadian Field Regiment Signal Section.
    1 3ton tipper with 2 crew from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    2 Dumpers with 4 crew from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    2 3ton Tipper with 4 crew from 26 Army Tipper Company.

    375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    2 Crusader SP 40mm LAA guns with 12 crew.
    2 Bofors 40mm LAA guns. Towed by Crusader SPs above.
    28 men.

    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1539 is an LCT4 carrying
    1 M14 with 2 crew from ‘K’ (8 Canadian Brigade) Signal Section, 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew. Contact Detachment.

    La Regiment de la Chaudiere.
    1 Carrier Towing and 6pdr AT gun.
    1 15cwt GS.
    7 men.

    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 27 Canadian Armoured Brigade. Carries 3 men from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade.
    1 Jeep FFW with 3 crew from Headquarters, 14 Canadian Field regiment RCA.
    1 Bulldozer Class I and Jahn trailer with 3 men vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar. Jahn trailer probably carried trackway material although this is not listed.

    375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    2 Crusader SP 40mm LAA guns with 12 crew.
    2 Bofors 40mm LAA guns. Towed by Crusader SPs above.
    28 men.

    1 3ton GS with 2 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1540 is an LCT4 carrying
    Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade.
    3 Jeeps with 7 crew.
    1 man from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade. Liaison Officer.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Air Support Signals Unit tentacle.
    ‘K’ (8 Canadian Brigade) Signal Section, 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    2 White Scout Car.
    2 M14 Halftrack.
    2 Jeeps.
    25 men.

    Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    1 Carrier with 3 crew.
    1 15cwt GS with 2 crew.
    1 Carrier Mortar with 3 crew.

    1 3ton Tipper with 3 crew from 26 Army Tipper Company.
    1 Bulldozer Class I and Jahn trailer with 3 men vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar. Jahn trailer probably carried trackway material although this is not listed.
    1 BARV with 6 crew from 28 Beach Recovery Section REME.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    *Serial 1541 was an LCT4 carrying.
    86 HAA Regiment RA.
    1 Car 4 seater 4 X 4 with 2 crew from Regimental Headquarters.
    3 men from Regimental Headquarters.

    Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J. For 8 Canadian Brigade HQ party.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Contact Detachment
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from 3 British Division. Liaison Officer.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J.

    375/114 LAA Regiment RA.
    2 Crusader SP 40mm LAA guns with 12 crew.
    2 Bofors 40mm LAA guns. Towed by Crusader SPs above.
    22 men.
    1 Tractor LAA with 5 crew.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from North Nova Scotia Highlanders.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 33 Field Dressing Station RAMC.
    1 3ton GS with 2 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    1 Bulldozer Class I and Jahn trailer with 3 men vehicle party from 59 Mechanical Equipment Section RE.
    Note: Class I is Caterpillar D8 or similar. Jahn trailer probably carried trackway material although this is not listed.
    1 BARV with 6 crew from 23 Beach Recovery Section REME.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.


    14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    Observation and reconnaissance parties landed with the infantry. After shooting on the run in the LCTs turned away and finally came into beach at 0925. No guns were lost in landing but two other vehicles were drowned and recovered later. A lack of exits and congestion on the beach held them up for an hour. The regiment made its first gun position about 200 yards from the beach in fields west of Bernieres. At 1130 eighteen guns were in action but were hampered by a lack of crest clearance. Of the remainder three were held up in traffic and three were destroyed by enemy fire. Later in the day the guns gave support to the advancing infantry.


    19 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    Observation and reconnaissance parties landed with the infantry. One officer was wounded and one other rank killed. The regiment reported that the Forward Observation Officers found few targets in the early stages when there was much close fighting but at 1030 fire was called to disperse enemy armour. At 1700 hours advanced parties moved to positions half a mile south of Bernieres.

    The LCTs turned away after firing on the run in and then returned to land from 0910. The regiment began landing, ‘D’ troop first, at 0910. It was heavily mortared getting off the beach but had its guns in action by 1920. Three more troops followed soon after and all managed to clear the beach and come into action. One troop did not land until 1500 because its LCT had a damaged propeller. ‘A’ troop lost three guns, a halftrack and a carrier. Regimental Headquarters landed under heavy mortar fire and lost several men including an officer.



    Artillery fire during the run in.

    When H Hour was put back by ten minutes this information was transmitted to the artillery. Orders were then sent to all the SP artillery supporting 8 Brigade to adjust their time table accordingly. This apparently caused a delay in the opening of fire by the guns. However 8 Brigade reported that Bernieres and St Aubin received ‘a terrific pounding’. 8 Brigade later reported that all SP artillery fire was switched to St Aubin, leaving Bernieres without the barrage. At the time the probable cause was thought to be the strong current which made navigation and station keeping difficult. As the SP guns had a limited traverse the entire LCT had to be aimed. The current caused all craft to point at St Aubin. This problem would be more apparent the craft came closer to the shore. A later report suggested a problem with the control craft observing and controlling fire on Bernieres. Control was transferred to the craft off St Aubin and all fire concentrated there. Whatever the cause Bernieres, and Nan White, did not receive the full barrage planned.

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    Ferry Service.
    Landing by Ferry Service from LSIs, using craft as available. These were LCI(L).

    *Serial 1542 is Ferry Service from LSI(L) J30 Monowai.
    For 6 Airborne Division.
    100 men and 100 folding bicycles from 249 Field Company, Airborne RE.
    50 men from 716 Light Composite Company, Airborne RASC.
    72 men from195 Airlanding Field Ambulance RAMC.
    The above units would be unable to travel along the coast to join the airborne division as the road was not open on D day.

    28 men from 1 Corp Defence Company.
    125 men from 170 Pioneer Company.
    8 men from 21 Army Group Movement Control Pool. Military Landing Officers staff, 8 Canadian Brigade.
    111 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    86 men from 966 Inland Water Transport Operating Company RE.
    48 men from 267 Port Company (Rhino Ferry).
    70 men from 255 Pioneer Company.
    60 men from 65 Field Company and 61 Mechanical Equipment Section.


    *Serial 1543 is Ferry Service from LSI J32 Duke of Wellington.
    46 men from Headquarters 1 Corps and 777 Corps Car Company.
    71 men from Canadian Composite Anti Tank battery.
    60 men with 60 folding bicycle from 249 Field Company, Airborne RE. 6 Airborne Division.
    25 men and 4 bicycles from 176 Workshop and Park Company. Advanced Headquarters
    4 men from 104 RAF Beach Section.
    15 men from 240 Petrol Depot RASC.
    2 men from 139 Detail Issuing Depot.
    14 men from 140 Detail Issuing Depot.
    3 men Port Section RAMC.
    61 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    33 men from 15 Ordnance Beach Detachment.


    *Serial 1544 is Ferry Service from LSI(L) J31 Glen Lamont.
    52 men from 4 Airlanding Anti Tank Battery.
    20 men from Headquarters 6 Airlanding Brigade. 6 Airborne Division.
    16 men from 273/86 HAA Regiment RA.
    10 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    4 men from 104 RAF Beach Section.
    142 men from 144 Pioneer Company.
    26 men from 140 Detail Issuing Depot.
    2 men from Postal Detachment.
    33 men from 15 Ordnance Beach Detachment.
    2 men from 14 Ordnance Beach Detachment.
    2 men from 242 Petrol Depot.
    10 men from 240 Petrol Depot.
    21 men from 946 Inland Water Transport Operating Company RE.
    143 men from ‘R’ Pioneer Company. Decoy and Deception.
    83 men from 240 Field Company RE.
    84 men from 255 Pioneer Company.
    96 men from 72 Field Company RE.
    21 men from 45 Ordnance Ammunition Company.


    *Serial 1545 is Ferry Service for LSI J33 Isle of Guernsey
    40 men from 249 Field Company Airborne RE. 6 Airborne Division.
    10 men from 41 Royal Marine Commando.
    9 men from Headquarters 8 Canadian Brigade Defence Platoon.
    40 men. 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.


    *Serial 1546 is Ferry Service for LSI J36 Prince David.
    96 men from 72 Field Company RE.
    102 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    38 men from Royal Navy Nucleus Section. Headquarters Naval Officer in Charge.
    50 men from 474 Searchlight Battery RA.


    *Serial 1547 is Ferry Service for LSI J35 St. Helier.
    142 men from 144 Pioneer Company.
    4 men from 1034 Port Operating Company RE.
    6 men from 8 Beach Group. Staff Captains Increment. A Staff Captain and small staff were attached to the Beach Group headquarters.


    *Serial 1549 is Ferry Service for LSI J37 Lady of Man
    70 men from 195 Airlanding Field Ambulance. 6 Airborne Division.
    3 men from 9 Canadian Brigade Company RCASC. Reconnaissance Party.
    17 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    19 men from 293 Pioneer Company.
    142 men from ‘R’ Pioneer Company. Decoys and Deception.


    The Ferry service could not be planned in detail since it was not known what craft would be available and some flexibility needed to be allowed so that some serials could be called forward out of order if necessary.

    ‘A Control Officer and staff will work from a designated ship which will fly signals and a board with the letters SNOL (Senior Naval Officer Landing). The Control Officer and staff will have a number of small craft also clearly marked. These will have loudhailers to communicate with landing craft. Landing craft also have loudhailers. All returning craft will report to a Control Officer and will then be detailed to proceed to a specific ship and collect a specific serial.’

    On D day the Control Officer was a Deputy Senior Officer Assault Group. He was on a headquarters ship and had a number of LCP(L) as despatch boats.

    LCAs were not generally used for the Ferry Service on D day since the LSIs were to hoist their LCAs and sail as soon as possible. Keeping such large targets off the beaches longer than necessary was unwise and they were needed to embark personnel of follow up units and maintain a brisk shuttle service. However after the landing the first flight LCAs of Isle of Thanet were to report to Deputy Senior Officer Assault Group Nan Green and those of Royal Ulsterman were to report to Deputy Senior Officer Assault Group Mike Red for landing beach parties etc. On completion of these tasks they returned to their parent ship, except for one from each LSI which remained for duties off the beaches.

    One LCA from each of the LSI in Force ‘J’ remained off the beaches under the control of the DSOAGs. Their place on the LSI was to be taken by a LCA(HR) which was to be hoisted aboard for return to the UK.

    ‘In the Ferry Service there is a chain of communication and control which should ensure a smooth operation’.
    - The Control Officer (RN) has a board with the serials to be landed, and their priority, and he will assign craft to serials.
    - The Assistant Military Landing Officer on each ship will see that the correct serials are loaded.
    - The Unit Landing Officer will see that his unit are all loaded before going ashore himself.
    - The Beachmaster (Army) checks the serials as they land and directs them to an exit.
    - A unit officer will check personnel and vehicles off the beach
    - A unit officer will check the arrival of the serial at the Assembly Area.
    - At this point all vehicles and personnel revert to unit control.

    Mike.
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 4 Hours.
    Two LCT3 arrive, beach and dry out. They each carry 190 tons of stores which are to act as a temporary supply until depots are established.

    *Serial 1550 is a LCT3 carrying
    2 3ton GS with 4 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    9 men from 20 Works Stores Section RE.
    3 6pdr AT guns and 16 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    3 men from 9 Canadian Brigade Company RCASC.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.
    190 tons of stores.

    *Serial 1551 is a LCT3 carrying
    2 3ton GS with 4 crew from 184 Field Company RE.
    9 men from 20 Works Stores Section RE.
    3 6pdr AT guns and 16 men from 5 Royal Berkshire Regiment. Beach Group.
    3 men from 9 Canadian Brigade Company RCASC.
    2 men and a balloon from 52 Balloon Unit RAF.
    190 tons of stores.

    Unlike Sword there does not seem to be any provision for handling the stores or the 6pdr AT guns.

    Mike
     
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    9 CANADIAN BRIGADE.

    9 Canadian Infantry Brigade was the reserve brigade and had the task of passing through 8 Canadian Brigade and advancing to the final objective on the line Authis, Ardenne, Carpiquet. The brigade had been circling in its LCI(L)s and LCTs offshore for some two hours before at 1035 it received the order to land. Wrecked craft and congestion on Nan Red led to the decision to land all the brigade through Nan White. This caused further delay and the brigade touched down at 1140. First priority vehicles were to land 30 minutes later.

    It was 1400 hours before the brigade and its vehicles were all ashore and they then had to struggle through Bernieres which was still crowded with vehicles and personnel from 8 Brigade. At 1435 the Divisional GOC held an ‘O’ Group and it was decided that 9 Brigade would advance as soon as Beny sur Mer was reported clear.

    Finally at 1820 the brigade began to move forward. It had trained as a mobile brigade and was to advance as follows:
    - Stuart Light tanks of 27 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    - ‘C’ Company North Nova Scotia Highlanders in the battalion Carrier Platoon.
    - One platoon of ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (machine gun).
    - One troop of M10 SP anti tank guns from 105 Canadian Anti Tank battery.
    - Two sections of the battalion Pioneer Platoon.
    - Four 6prd guns from the battalion Anti Tank Platoon.
    - The remaining three companies of North Nova Scotia Highlanders each carried on the tanks of a squadron of 27 Canadian Armoured Regiment.
    - Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders and HLI of Canada each with three companies on airborne bicycles and on company carried in the battalion vehicles.

    The vanguard advanced until ‘C’ Company met enemy opposition at Villons les Buissons. At the same time ‘A’ Company became involved in a fight at Colomby sur Thaon. It was decided to dig in for the night with North Nova Scotia Highlanders and 27 Canadian Armoured Regiment in the area of Villons les Buissons and Anisy. The other two battalions would remain in the Beny area. The brigade group had suffered some 30 casualties during the day.

    It might appear that 9 Canadian brigade had shown some lack of drive. However it had advanced further than the units on either flank and would have been dangerously exposed if it had continued.

    Mike.
     
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    9 Canadian Brigade.
    Naval Assault Group J3.

    Group 331.
    Royal Ulsterman.
    An LSI(H) which was acting as Headquarters ship for Captain, Senior Officer Assault Group J3, 9 Canadian Brigade and Stand By HQ Ship for 3 Canadian Division. She was built in 1936 as a Glasgow to Belfast ferry. She was 3250 tons, 340 foot long and could manage 16 knots. She could carry 830 troops and 6 LCA. Armament was one 12pdr gun and five 20mm.

    ML 247 carrying Deputy Senior Officer Assault Group J3.

    Twelve LCI(L) from 261 LCI Flotilla (manned by the Royal Canadian Navy). These carried all the marching personnel of the brigade.

    Twenty LCT4 from 36 and 37 LCT Flotillas. These carried priority vehicles for 9 Canadian Brigade plus Division Headquarters, 27 Canada Armoured Regiment and RAF Ground Controlled Interception.

    Two LCF, Nos 24, 29 from 36 and 37 LCT Flotillas. These accompanied their respective flotillas to provide AA protection

    Four LCT3 carrying pre loaded stores for J1 and J2. These were to beach and dry out on Mike and Nan Beaches. One was seriously delayed by engine breakdown and was eventually towed across the Channel.

    LCT(R) 125. This carries reloads for the LCT(R)s already off Juno.

    1 US Coast Guard Cutter. Rescue craft.


    Group 332.
    LSTs 215*, 180, 238, 239, 621, 199, 180, 416, 62, 8, 159. All tow Rhinos.

    Group 333.
    LSTs 425, 404, 410, 409, 405, 323, 413, 401, 80, 402. Three tow Rhinos.
    15 Rhino tugs to be towed by the group.

    Mike.
     
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    3 Canadian Division Headquarters.
    Landing under the control of 9 Canadian Brigade.

    Serial 1700.
    Landing from Landing Ship Headquarters Hilary.
    1 car 5cwt 4 X 4 (Jeep) with one crew from Headquarters I Corps. Command Group.
    21 men from Headquarters I Corps. Command Group.
    Carried in a DUKW lowered from the davits of LSH Hilary. To land at a time and on a beach at the Corps Commander’s discretion.

    1 car 5cwt 4 X 4 (Jeep) with one crew from Headquarters 3 Canadian Division. Command Group.
    21 men from Headquarters 3 Canadian Division. Command Group.
    Carried in a DUKW lowered from the davits of LSH Hilary. To land at a time and on a beach at the Division Commander’s discretion.

    To land at a time and on a beach at the Division Commanders discretion.
    3 men from Headquarters CRA. Command Group.
    3 men from Headquarters CRE. Command Group.
    19 men from 3 Canadian Division Signals. Command Group.
    2 men from Headquarters 2 Canadian Armoured Brigade.
    2 men. Principal Military Landing Officer and batman.
    2 men. Commander 102 Beach Sub Area and batman.
    2 DUKW with 6 crew from 297 GT Company.
    4 men from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit Force ‘J’. Shore Bombardment Liaison Officer and party.


    Serial 1701.
    Royal Ulsterman.
    This was a LSI acting as a LSH on this occasion. It was HQ Ship for 9 Canadian Brigade and Stand By HQ Ship for 3 Canadian Division.
    The following were to land at a time and on a beach at the discretion of the Commander 9 Brigade.

    19 men from Headquarters I Corps. Command Group.
    15 men from Headquarters 3 Canadian Division. Command Group.
    9 men from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade.
    4 men from ‘L’ Section (9 Canadian Brigade) signals.
    2 men from Headquarters 2 Canadian Armoured Brigade.
    3 men from Headquarters CRA. Command Group.
    3 men from Headquarters CRE. Command Group.
    18 men from 3 Canadian Division Signals. Command Group.
    1 man. Deputy PMLO.
    2 men. Deputy Commander 102 Beach Sub Area and batman.
    2 men from 17 Movement Control Group (A echelon).

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 150 Minutes
    This wave was almost an hour late in landing, having been held back to allow beach congestion to clear.

    Nan White Beach.
    LCI(L)s land 9 Canadian Infantry Brigade. This brigade has the convenience of landing en masse as a unit. Transport lands half an hour later.

    Three LCI(L) carry North Nova Scotia Highlanders.
    *Serial 1702 is an LCI(L) carrying
    186 men from North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

    *Serial 1703 is an LCI(L) carrying
    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    187 men with 11 bicycles from North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

    *Serial 1704 is an LCI(L) carrying
    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    186 men with 11 bicycles GS from North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

    A single LCI(L) lands with personnel for brigade and division headquarters plus the infantry battalions.
    *Serial 1705 is an LCI(L) carrying
    39 men from HLI of Canada.
    28 men from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    26 men from ‘C’ Company, Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
    17 men 9 Canadian Brigade Defence and Employment Platoon.
    7 men ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    4 men from 105 (SP) AT Battery, 3 Canadian AT Regiment. Reconnaissance Party.
    4 men from ‘D’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    5 men from 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 man from Headquarters 3 Canadian Division. Assistant Provost Marshal.
    6 men from Canadian Press Relations Services.

    Mike
     
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    Nan Red Beach.
    H+150 Minutes.
    Although scheduled to land on Nan Red this wave was diverted to Nan White Beach and was also delayed for almost an hour.

    Three LCI(L) carry Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    *Serial 1706 is an LCI(L) carrying
    180 men with 11 bicycles GS and 120 bicycles folding from HLI of Canada.
    2 men from ‘D’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company

    *Serial 1707 is an LCI(L) carrying
    180 men with 120 bicycles folding from HLI of Canada.
    2 men ‘D’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.

    *Serial 1708 is an LCI(L) carrying
    180 men with 11 bicycles GS and 120 bicycles folding from HLI of Canada.


    Three LCI(L) carry Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    *Serial 1709 is an LCI(L) carrying
    182 men with 11 bicycles GS and 120 bicycles folding from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.

    *Serial 1710 is an LCI(L) carrying
    180 men with 11 bicycles GS and 120 bicycles folding from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    2 men. Contact Detachment

    *Serial 1711 is an LCI(L) carrying
    180 men with 120 bicycles folding from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.

    Mike
     
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    Nan White and Nan Red.
    H + 180 Minutes.
    This wave was almost an hour behind schedule, having been held back because of beach congestion.

    Nan White Beach
    A flight of LCT carry priority vehicles for 9 Canadian Brigade units and Division Headquarters.

    *Serial 1712 is an LCT4 carrying
    Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade
    3 Jeeps with 9 crew from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 4 crew from 9 Canadian Brigade. Carries a motorcycle.
    1 Heavy Utility with 5 crew from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade
    Plus attached
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Air Support Signals Unit tentacle. For 9 Canadian Brigade.
    1 Jeep with 4 crew from Contact Detachment
    1 Jeep with 5 crew from Forward Observation Bombardment, Detachment ‘A’, 3 Bombardment Unit.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew. Liaison Officer.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 12 Canadian Field Regiment RCA.
    1 Carrier W/T with 3 crew from ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Carries a motorcycle.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
    1 15cwt GS with 1 crew from ‘D’ Section 4 Canadian Provost Company. Carries 2 motorcycle.
    Plus signals.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 Jeep with airborne trailer and 3 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Carrier Universal with 4 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Can. Division Signals. Carries two hand carts.
    1 White Scout Car with 4 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals. Carries 2 motorcycles
    1 M14 Halftrack with 4 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals. Carries 2 Handcarts.
    1 White Scout Car with 4 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals. Carries a motorcycle
    1 M14 Halftrack with 4 crew from 3 Division Signals
    1 man from Headquarters 3 Canadian Division. Travels in a Divisional Signals vehicle.
    1 Jeep with 10cwt trailer and 3 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Jeep with airborne trailer and 3 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals


    *Serial 1713 is an LCT4 carrying
    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    2 Carrier Mortar
    5 Carrier Universal
    2 Carrier Towing with 6pdr AT guns
    2 15cwt GS
    2 3ton Lorry GS
    1 3ton Lorry Medical
    4 motorcycles.
    58 men

    ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
    4 Carrier Universal with 16 crew from
    1 motorcycle carried on one of the above.
    The four Carriers of ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa are MMG Carriers supporting the North Nova Scotia Highlanders.

    1 man from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade. Padre


    *Serial 1714 is an LCT4 carrying
    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    1 Jeep.
    7 Carrier Universal.
    2 Carrier Mortar.
    2 Carrier Towing with 6pdr AT guns.
    1 3ton Lorry GS carrying 2 motorcycles.
    54 men.

    Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 13 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer
    3 Jeeps with airborne trailers and 6 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 14 Canadian Field Regiment RCA. Forward Observation Officer.
    1 Jeep with 4 crew from Contact Detachment
    1 M14 Halftrack with 5 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals



    A flight of nine LCTs land 27 Canadian Armoured Regiment.

    *Serial 1715 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    2 Sherman Tanks MkVc (Firefly) with 8 crew.
    4 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 20 crew.
    4 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    1 Humber Scout Car with 2 crew.
    2 Jeeps with 4 crew.

    2 Carriers Towing with 6pdr AT guns and 8 crew from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 1 Corps Signals.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 1 Corps Defence Company.


    *Serial 1716 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 4 crew.
    2 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 10 crew.
    3 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    1 Humber Scout Car with 2 crew.

    North Nova Scotia Highlanders
    2 Carriers Mortar.
    6 Carriers Universal.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4.
    2 Carriers Towing with 6pdr AT guns.
    1 3ton Lorry GS carrying 8 motorcycles.
    58 men.


    *Serial 1717 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    2 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 8 crew.
    4 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 20 crew.
    4 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Jeeps with 2 crew.
    1 Humber Scout Car with 2 crew.
    3 3ton Lorry GS with 6 crew.

    4 motorcycles (Villiers) with 4 crew from Headquarters, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    4 motorcycles (Villiers) with 4 crew from ‘D’ Section, 4 Canadian Provost Company.
    Motorcycles carried on above lorries.


    *Serial 1718 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 4 crew.
    4 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 25 crew.
    4 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Stuart Tanks with 10 crew.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew.


    *Serial 1719 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 8 crew.
    5 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 25 crew.
    5 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Stuart Tanks with 10 crew.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew.

    14 men from North Nova Scotia Highlanders.


    *Serial 1720 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    2 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 8 crew.
    4 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 20 crew.
    4 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Stuart Tanks with 10 crew.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew.
    1 Motorcycle and 1 crew carried in above vehicle


    *Serial 1721 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 4 crew.
    5 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 25 crew.
    5 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Stuart Tanks with 10 crew.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew.
    1 Motorcycle and 1 crew carried in above vehicle


    *Serial 1722 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 4 crew.
    5 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 25 crew.
    4 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    2 Stuart Tanks with 10 crew.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew.
    1 Motorcycle and 1 crew carried in above vehicle.


    *Serial 1723 is an LCT4 carrying
    27 Canadian Armoured Regiment
    1 Sherman Tank MkVc (Firefly) with 4 crew.
    6 Sherman Tanks MkIII with 30 crew.
    6 Porpoise with ammunition towed by the above tanks.
    1 Sherman ARV with 4 crew.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4 with 2 crew.
    1 Jeep with 1 crew.

    1 Jeep with 3 crew from ‘H’ Section (CRA), 3 Canadian Division Signals.

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    H+180 Minutes.
    Nan Red Beach.
    A flight of LCT4 with priority vehicles for 9 Canadian Brigade arrive. Although delayed for almost an hour they did land on the planned beach.

    *Serial 1724 is an LCT4 carrying
    Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from ‘N’ Section (CRE), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Jeep with 1 crew from ‘D’ Section 4 Canadian Provost Company. Carries a Motorcycle.
    2 men with a handcart from Contact Detachment
    1 Jeep with 2 crew from Detachment ‘A’, Troop 3, Bombardment Unit J Force.
    1 Jeep with 4 crew from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade
    16 men from Headquarters 9 Canadian Brigade
    1 M14 Haltrack from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals. Carries 2 Motorcycles.
    2 Jeeps FFW with airborne trailers from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Jeep with 10cwt trailer from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    1 Jeep from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    4 Handcarts from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals
    15 men from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals

    105 AT Battery, 3 Canadian AT Regiment RCA.
    4 M10 SP AT.
    2 Motorcycle. Carried on vehicles below.
    1 Carrier Universal.
    26 men.

    1 3ton Lorry GS with 4 crew from HLI of Canada.
    1 3ton Lorry GS with 2 crew ‘C’ Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Carries 2 Motorcycle.


    *Serial 1725 is an LCT4 carrying
    Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    3 Carrier Mortar
    3 Carrier Universal.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4.
    2 Carrier Towing with 2 6pdr AT guns.
    3 3ton GS Lorries.
    6 Motorcycles. Carried on the above lorries.
    51 men.

    1 M14 Halftrack with airborne trailer and 4 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    4 Carrier Universal with 16 crew from C Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Carry a Motorcycle.


    *Serial 1726 is an LCT4 carrying
    Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    2 Carrier Universal with 8 crew from. Carry 2 Motorcycles.
    2 Carrier Mortar with 8 crew.
    2 Carrier Mortar with 8 crew.

    Highland Light Infantry of Canada.
    7 Carrier Universal with 21 crew. Carry 6 Motorcycles.
    2 Carrier Towing with 2 6pdr AT guns and 10 crew.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4 with 2 crew.

    3 Canadian Division Signals
    2 Jeep with airborne trailers and 6 crew.
    1 M14 Halftrack with 5 crew from L Section.
    1 Jeep with airborne trailer and 3 crew.

    1 Jeep with 4 crew from Contact Detachment.


    *Serial 1727 is an LCT4 carrying
    Highland Light Infantry of Canada
    1 Jeep with 2 crew.
    6 Carrier Universal with 18 crew. Carry 6 Motorcycles.
    2 Carrier Mortar with 8 crew.
    2 Carrier Towing with 2 6pdr AT guns and 10 crew.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4 with 2 crew.
    1 3ton GS Lorry with 2 crew.

    4 Carrier Universal with 16 crew from Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders. Carry 2 Motorcycles.
    2 Jeep with airborne trailers and 6 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 Jeep with 3 crew from 19 Canadian Field Regiment.



    *Serial 1728 is an LCT4 carrying
    Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    3 Carrier Mortar with 12 crew.
    3 Carrier Universal with 12 crew.
    2 Carrier Towing with 2 6pdr AT guns and 10 crew.
    1 15cwt GS 4 X 4 with 2 crew.
    3 3ton Lorry GS with 6 crew.
    6 Motorcycle and 6 crew carried in the above lorries

    4 Carrier Universal with 16 crew from C Company Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa.
    2 Jeep with airborne trailers and 6 crew from 3 Canadian Division Signals.
    1 man ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.


    *Serial 1729 is an LCT4 carrying
    Stormont, Dundas and Glengary Highlanders.
    2 Carrier Mortar with 12 crew.
    7 Carrier Universal with 23 crew. Carry 2 Motorcycle
    2 Carrier Towing with 2 6pdr AT guns and 10 crew.
    1 Jeep with 2 crew.
    2 15cwt GS 4 X 4 with 4 crew.
    2 3ton Lorry GS with 4 crew..
    4 Motorcycle and 4 crew carried in the above lorries

    1 Jeep with 2 crew Contact Detachment.
    1 M14 Halftrack with 4 crew from ‘L’ Section (9 Brigade), 3 Canadian Division Signals.

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    Juno Beach.

    There follows details of some units not described in the above text.

    3 Canadian Division Reconnaissance Regiment.

    Divisional reconnaissance regiments were not required in their primary role on D Day and were to supply Contact Detachments. Their role was to keep the divisional commander informed as to what his units were doing. In addition 3 Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment provided a Beach Traffic Control Group to control the flow of vehicles through the beach exits.

    Contact detachments.
    Detachments were formed and attached to their units in time to allow training etc. Twelve Contact Detachments were provided:
    Four to each assault brigade. This gave one for brigade headquarters and one per battalion.
    Two to the reserve brigade. One for brigade headquarters and one to be deployed as the brigade commander thought necessary.
    Two to Division Headquarters.

    Each detachment consisted of
    1 Jeep
    22 set
    68 set
    Batteries and chore horse
    1 officer
    1 NCO
    3 operators.

    All detachments operated on the same net. They could also be used as an emergency wireless net if other means of communication failed.

    In general three men detachments landed with the unit to which they were assigned. They were on foot and carried the No 68 set. The Jeeps and No 22 sets landed from LCTs later. In the case of detachments landing from Headquarters Ships the vehicles could be ashore and waiting for them.

    In the assault brigades the first three man foot detachments landed at H+20 minutes, together with the reserve companies of the assault battalions. At H+45 minutes a handcart with two men landed and jeeps with 22 sets and a driver landed at H+105 minutes. Troop commanders also landed at H+20 minutes.

    In the reserve brigade a two man reconnaissance team landed at H+150 minutes and the remainder landed at H+180 minutes, the personnel, handcarts and jeeps landing together.


    Beach Control Group.
    The Beach Control Group consisted of four detachments of a Lieutenant designated ‘Beach Exit Officer’, and two men. There was also a Traffic Major, who was responsible for the flow of traffic and liaising with other army and navy teams, and an officer who commanded the Group, probably a Captain. One team landed on each assault beach at H+20, together with the reserve companies of assault battalions.

    The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, the machine gun battalion of 3 Canadian Division, also provided a Beach Control Group. (see below).

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    Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (MG)

    The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa was the machine gun battalion for 3 Canadian Division. It had three machine gun companies and a heavy mortar company.

    The MMG and 4.2” mortars of the MG Battalion were not considered suitable for use in the assault phase of the landing. The MMG could be carried by their crews but only for short distances and there was little they could contribute in the actual landing and clearing of beach defences. They would land later, with their vehicles, from LCTs.

    A number of men from Regimental Headquarters acted as Beach Exit Control. A Major was Commander Beach Exit Control and a four man team landed on each of Mike Green and Nan Red at H+20 minutes. A Jeep with three crew, and presumably a wireless set, landed at H+7 hours for the Commander Beach Exit Control.

    ‘A’ Company supported 7 Brigade.
    A five man reconnaissance party landed at H+20 minutes and a further five man party landed at H+45 minutes. The headquarters and liaison with HQ 7 Brigade were in place when the guns and carriers landed.

    ‘A’ Company landed with its guns and supported 7 Brigade onto its intermediate objective. It then dug in for the night. This was its intended role since the final objective was not reached.


    ‘B’ Company supported 8 Brigade and saw more action than the other companies.
    6 Platoon supported the Queens Own Rifles of Canada.
    7 Platoon was under the command of the North Shore Regiment in the assault on the radar station at Douvres.
    8 Platoon supported the Regiment de la Chaudiere.

    A four man reconnaissance party landed at H+20 minutes.
    At H+60 Six Carrier MMG, one Carrier with wireless set and 26 men landed.
    At H+75 Seven Carrier MMG and 35 men landed.


    ‘C’ Company supported 9 Brigade.
    ‘C’ Company landed with 9 Brigade. This brigade was to pass through 8 Brigade and advance the furthest. ‘C’ Company landed together, reorganised at the concentration area and moved off with the Brigade.
    26 men landed at H+150.
    16 Carriers, one Carrier with wireless set, one jeep, 4 motorcycles (carried on the vehicles), one 3ton lorry and 50 men landed at H+180.

    13 and 14 Platoons of ‘D’ (Heavy Mortar) Company supported 7 Brigade.
    12 and 15 Platoons of ‘D’ (Heavy Mortar) Company supported 9 Brigade, but were not able to land until D+2..


    ‘D’ Company (Heavy Mortars).
    13 and 14 Platoons landed in support of 7 Brigade.
    12 and 15 Platoons were to support 9 Brigade but were not able to land until D+2.

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    Anti Tank Artillery.

    Anti tank batteries were deployed for the immediate support of brigades against counter attack by armour, and the neutralisation of enemy strongpoints. In any assault it is a priority to get anti tank guns in position to hold any ground gained against counter attack.

    There were two Anti Tank Regiments initially deployed on Juno.
    3 Canadian Anti Tank Regiment was the anti tank unit of 3 Canadian Division. It had the normal organisation for a divisional anti tank regiment but for D Day the batteries were reorganised so that all were composite batteries having troops from more than one battery. 105 Composite Anti Tank Battery RCA had the four self propelled M10 troops of the regiment, one from each battery. 52 Anti Tank Battery RCA and 94 Anti Tank Battery RCA each had four troops of towed 6pdr guns.

    62 Anti Tank Regiment RA was the anti tank regiment of I Corps and had a different organisation. 246 and 247 Anti Tank Batteries each had four troops of self propelled M10 guns. 247 Anti Tank Battery had four troops of 17pdr guns towed by Crusader tractors.

    Landing in support of 7 Canadian Brigade.
    94 Battery, 3 Canadian AT Regiment. Towed 6 pdrs only.
    246 Battery 62 AT Regiment RA. M10 (3” and 17pdr)
    248 Battery 62 AT Regiment RA. M10 (3” and 17pdr)

    Landing in support of 8 Canadian Brigade.
    52 Composite Battery, 3 Canadian AT Regiment. Towed 6 pdrs only.
    247 Battery 62 AT Regiment RA. 17pdrs towed by Crusader Tractors.

    Landing in support of 9 Canadian Brigade
    105 Battery, 3 Canadian AT Regiment. M10.
    When 9 Brigade passed through 8 Brigade for the final advance it would pick up 8 Brigades batteries.

    Until the above batteries were ashore, from H+4 Hours, the battalions of the assault brigades depended on their own unit 6pdrs. These landed between H+60 minutes and H+90 minutes.

    In the event all landings were delayed, those from LSTs seriously so. It seems that 248 Battery of 62 Anti Tank Regiment RA landed at about 1700 hours. Three guns were not able to disembark and one was drowned so that the equivalent of two troops were landed in support of 7 Brigade. One troop supported the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the other the Regina Rifles.

    The Landing Tables list 52 Canadian Composite Anti Tank Battery as being due to land from LCMs which had made their own way across the Channel. 7 LCMs Serials 1586 to 1593 were scheduled to land on Mike Beach at H+12 hours carrying twelve carriers towing 6pdr guns, 4 other carriers and 32 men. The rest of the personnel were already on shore having being ferried from LSIs.

    Beach Groups landed their 6pdr anti tank guns from stores LCTs. They did not land their own tractors and transport but the guns were carried ashore on 3 ton lorries of other units. They were deployed for defence of the beach.

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