OPERATION MARTLET - 49 (Polar Bear) DIV in Normandy

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  1. Bala

    Bala Member

    Operation Martlet started on 25 June 44 with 49 Inf Div setting off towards Rauray. Next day Operation ‘Epsom’ commenced on their left flank. 49 (WR) Infantry Division attacked and captured the village of Fontenay le Pesnel. The advance continued and eventually reached Rauray and Tessel Wood near Vendes. It was a tough fight, the Division had to overcome units from 12 SS (Hitler Jugend) and Panzer Lehr Panzer Divisions and fight off many counter attacks.
    Can anyone tell me if there are any accounts of these actions from the German side.

    Thank you
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've got a picture taken around the 29th Aug of some 49th Recce Regiment (49th WR Div) chaps capturing some Germans at Quillebeuf if you're interested let me know?

    My scanner is upstairs under the bed so it will probably be later or tomorrow when I can post it.
     
  3. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I know you are looking for German accounts of this action, but I thought you might like a few copies of the Yorks & Lancs part in this action. Might help you identify some German units.
     

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  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I know you are looking for German accounts of this action, but I thought you might like a few copies of the Yorks & Lancs part in this action. Might help you identify some German units.

    Out of interest, what is that account from?
     
  6. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Paul

    It's from Normandy to Arnhem (A story of the Infantry) by Brigadier T Hart Dyke, DSO.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    As promised:

    While en route to Quillebeuf, troopers of A Squadron, 49th Reconnaissance Regiment, 49th (West Riding) Division, captured these few dispirited soldiers of whom, according to the original caption, most were Russian.
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    ATB's Ruckmarsch
     
  8. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Good photo, Andy, but it isn't connected with Op. Martlet, as your photo is around two months later during the Breakout.
     
  9. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I know. I told Bill in a PM but he said he'd like to see it after I told him about the picture.
     

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