The Silencing of the Merville Battery

A WW2 Pocket Guide

Neil Barber

This comprehensive pocket guide is designed for anyone visiting the Merville Battery but is equally useful for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what went on and where. Neil Barber uses photographs and first-hand accounts to simply explain what happened in those first few vital hours of D-Day.
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Sabrestorm Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
illustrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781781220139
Pages : 52
Dimensions : 6 X 4 inches
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$7.95

Overview
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With the decision for the D-Day invasion to take place in Normandy, the Merville Battery’s location became of paramount importance as it had the ability to fire along the length of the proposed SWORD Beach. It was imperative that the Battery be silenced before the landings began.

Attempts were made by RAF Bomber Command to destroy the site, but with the casemate walls being in places up to two meters thick and covered with earth, they proved to be almost impervious to bombs.

Airborne Forces, in the shape of the British 6th Airborne Division had many important tasks for D-Day, not least of which was the silencing of the Merville Battery. This formidable task was assigned to Lieutenant Colonel Terence Otway’s 9th Parachute Battalion.

This comprehensive pocket guide is designed for anyone visiting the Merville Battery but is equally useful for anyone wanting an accurate understanding of exactly what went on and where.

Neil Barber has written a number of comprehensive guides to the Normandy Campaign including an in-depth look at the Merville Battery. Here he uses photographs and firsthand accounts to simply explain what happened in those first few vital hours of D-Day.

About The Author
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Neil Barber is the author of two of the most detailed books on their subjects; The Day the Devils Dropped In, relates the 9th Parachute Battalion’s D-Day assault on the Merville Battery and the vital battle at the Chateau St Come; and The Pegasus and Orne Bridges, which details the D-Day capture, defense and relief of Pegasus Bridge and its sister bridge across the river Orne. He has also edited two biographies; Stan Scott’s Fighting with the Commandos and Captain David Tibbs’ Parachute Doctor.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Following the Guide

Introduction

The Background of the Merville Battery

The Plan to Silence the Battery

D-Day - Tuesday 6 June – The Drop

The Reconnaissance

The Assault

Aftermath

The Casemates

Further Reading

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