Sword Beach.

Discussion in 'NW Europe' started by Trux, May 4, 2012.

  1. Can you be a bit more specific about what you are looking for?

    Other RM units than 41 (RM) Commando did land in SWORD Area on D Day and D+1, such as 45 (RM) Commando. Sse in this very thread:
    Sword Beach.

    or 5 (Indep) RM Armd Sp Bty (lots of posts about them in this forum). Plus doubtless a few RM crew of landing craft who had to land after their craft was disabled...

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  2. Gold

    Gold Member

    I am looking for any informations regarding Royal Marines ( not commando) who landed at Lion sur Mer on D DAY and D DAY + 1.
    I am in touch with the family of Mr Charles thomas Robinson and i have based on information on Robinson’s war record, and from the research for this record it appears that he was trained specifically for crewing one of the Landing Craft types to land troops in Normandy or equipment. He was the “deckhand and coxswain” of a landing craft that craft that may well have carried soldiers and marine commandos. Did this mean he went back and forth from Royal Navy ships to land other soldiers from D-Day +1 onwards or was it a one-way trip on the landing craft to Normandy? Unfortunately, the war record does not give these details. He never sopke of his wartime period after the war.
  3. May I ask how you know that he was in SWORD Area? This might give us additional hints as to which Flotilla he was with.
    What about the type of landing craft?
    You should post his Service Records here, so that we may find any snippets which may be of help.
    Otherwise, unless we find his name in a report (unlikely), it will be impossible to find out more...

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  4. Trux

    Trux 21 AG

    Some background information.

    The Royal Marines formed an infantry division in WW2. This was disbanded and the personnel used for other purposes. Many of them became the crews of LCAs operating from Landing Ships Infantry. These craft were part of the equipment of the LSI and returned to the UK with them.

    As Michel says it is difficult to identify the flotilla without more information.

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  5. Ben14

    Ben14 Active Member


    did you know what's mean this marking back of LCI(S) of 3 commando?

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  6. This is I believe the emblem of 201 LCI(S) Flotilla.

  7. peter crush

    peter crush Active Member


    My name is Peter Crush son of Lieutenant Edmund “Ted” Crush who was o/c 2 platoon 17 FC RE on D-day. His unit was attached to 185 Brigade For their advance on CAEN. He landed at 11:30.

    We have an embryonic thread -> unit histories -> Royal Engineers -> 17 Field Company (there’s a couple of these). We have 4 active and informed contributors: Marc, Mark Abbot, Arty and myself. There’s a current debate about 17 FC RE and the order they landed in that you might be interested in.

    later today I will be posting some more photos of 17 FC RE and my Dad’s war.

    I have been trying to build a complete picture of the men and movements of 17 FC RE on D-day and the month after that to and including Operation Charnwood (where Dad won an MC).

    it would be wonderful if you could join us. Your landing plan is an outstanding piece of work. And I for one would be very interested in any comments you might have about the posts on our thread.

    Best Peter
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