By Mark Zuehlke
Sunrise, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 6,500 ships hold 150,000 Allied troops. this can be D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will hurricane 5 shorelines. One is code-named Juno seashore. the following, 14,500 Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand sponsored by way of 3 inn cities. The seashore is seriously secure through a seawall, barbed twine, underwater hindrances and 1000s of mines. in the back of those defenses a seriously armed German strength waits within thick concrete pillboxes and deep trenches that bristle with machine-guns and artillery pieces.
About 3,500 Canadians will prepared the ground. The destiny of the invasion is of their fingers. They both holiday the German defenses or die making an attempt. Piling out of small, frail touchdown craft, they try via bullet- and shell-whipped water to achieve the sand. And the bloody conflict for Juno seashore begins.
With his trademark you-are-there type, acclaimed army historian Mark Zuehlke plunges readers right into a vibrant and robust account of the day-long conflict that positioned the Allies at the march towards victory in global battle II.
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However, the newly formed armored divisions had not yet worked out refueling procedures and in some cases suffered from a shortage of the Lorraine 37L refueling vehicles. At the core of many of the operating problems of the Char B1 bis was the lack of adequate training and crew experience caused by the belated formation of the French armored divisions and the late arrival of the new tanks in the Char B1 bis battalions. More than half of the Char B1 bis tanks deployed in May 1940 had only been delivered 2–4 months before, which restricted the amount of training possible.
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The first section of three Char B tanks did not arrive until the end of September 1937. CHAR B1 BIS By the time that the Char B1 had reached production, it was already obsolete. Its 40mm armor was barely adequate to protect it against the new German 37mm antitank gun. The change in designation from Char B to Char B1 in 1934 was part of a new plan to regard the Char B as a family of battle tanks. A scheme from October 1930 involved at least three other proposed versions, the 35 metric ton B2, the 45 metric ton B3 and the 50 metric ton BB.
Assault on Juno by Mark Zuehlke