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Assault on Normandy - Gold Beach (DVD)

Battle for the Beachhead

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By Battlefield History TV
Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Series: Battlefield History TV
Running Time: 80 (mins)
ISBN: 5060247620916
Published: 4th November 2013

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GOLD BEACH - BATTLE FOR THE BEACHHEAD is the second DVD covering this operation in detail and part of the Assault on Normandy series from BHTV and Pen & Sword Digital. While Part 1 examined the combined weight of naval, air and land forces and the tactics they used to break through Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall to seize a toe hold in Festung Europa, this DVD focuses on the veteran 50th Northumbrian Division as they fought their way inland to establish a beachhead to survive the inevitable German counter-attack.

69 Infantry Brigade had a highly successful landing and now had to fight its way through layers of German defence to its objectives eight miles away. While clearing through German held villages and defensive positions the veteran warrior, Sergeant Major Stan Hollis, continued the actions that led to him receiving the only D Day Victoria Cross.

Meanwhile, 231 Infantry Brigade, whose landing had been badly disrupted, were attempting to recover the situation and were fighting through German strong points towards Arromanches and the enemy held Point 54 ridge. These battles lacked the coordination between infantry and tanks achieved by 69 Brigade and were up against field grade German infantry. Hours behind schedule, the village of Ryes was taken. This allowed the much delayed second wave consisting of 56th and 151 Infantry Brigades to deploy and exploit the early successes, reaching the outskirts of Bayeux by dusk. Meanwhile, in the west, the hard pressed 231 Infantry Brigade and 47 Commando continued its advance through enemy held territory to Port en Bessin, while the Hampshires and the Devons fought on towards Arromanches and the Longues sur Mer Battery.

50th Division had the most extensive D Day objectives and ultimately achieved more than any other Allied Division on D Day. Complimented by maps, photographs and diagrams, the BHTV team of historians and battlefield guides explain the momentous conclusion to the Gold Beach campaign, making this an ideal purchase for all military enthusiasts.

As featured on video review by Model Dads: http://www.modeldads.co.uk/Life-at-the-Front/wordpress/pen-sword-digitals-assault-normandy-dvds/

Model Dads

Presented with the usual authority, accuracy and attention to detail that we have come to expect from Battlefield History TV, with a number of expert historians walking the ground and describing events as they unfolded, using photographs, archive footage and individual stories to bring these actions to life.

Pegasus Archive

The knowledge of the contributors is undoubted... a good DVD to watch before a trip to Normandy.

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About Battlefield History TV

Pen and Sword Digital and Battlefield History TV formed their partnership in 2008 to provide customers with a wide variety of specialist programmes presented by well-known battlefield historians and qualified guides. The subjects they cover in detail are the First and Second World Wars, The Waterloo Campaign and Peninsular War and they even go back as far as the Dark Ages. Each DVD will be of interest to military enthusiasts, wargamers, battlefield tourists, re-enactment groups, students of particular battles or campaigns and military modellers.

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