Varsity drops around Hamminkeln?

Discussion in 'Airborne' started by Chris C, Sep 18, 2022.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I may have even listened to those - will need to give them another listen then.
  2. Alex1975uk

    Alex1975uk Well-Known Member

    This has always intrigued me that the Recce patrol to Fortnum went at 12:00.
    In Pine Coffins more detailed account he states that due to casualties he had to send Lt Patterson ( it was originally meant to be Lt Nelson) without a prior Recce.
    I’m assuming the clerk wrote that in the diary as that was the plan originally and wasn’t aware of the change?
  3. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    An interpretation of "Fortnum" from Stephen Wright's book, "The Last Drop":

    "The battalion (7 Para) also had been given an independent task of taking and holding a road and rail junction that lay between the two parachute brigades. The problem was that the junction was some three miles from the zone and located in an area likely to be well defended. Pine-Coffin had allocated a platoon to undertake the task, and in the interests of knowing what faced its members, he had decided to send a reconnaissance party, with a radio, to spy out the land before committing the entire platoon. But the officer who was to lead the party was killed on the drop. Since he had lost more men than he could afford, Pine-Coffin abandoned the reconnaissance and sent Lieutenant Patterson with the platoon.

    After some close shaves, Patterson and his men reached the junction. They dug in and held on for twenty-two hours before being relieved. During this time, the platoon sustained several attacks, most of which they fought off from their slit trenches. Occasionally the "Patterson Method" was put to use, however, as Pine-Coffin explains in BAOR Battlefield tour.

    "Whenever an attack developed (Patterson) sized it up as quickly as he could, and if he decided ... it seemed stronger than he could hold off (he) would leave his position entirely and move his platoon round to one of the flanks; then, when the enemy had struck their blow at nothing and were wondering what to do next, he would rush them from the flank. In this way he killed a great number of Germans and captured many more."

    Regards ...
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2022

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