Normandy Omaha Beach: V Corps Battle for the Beachead by Tim Kilvert-Jones

By Tim Kilvert-Jones

This e-book courses the reader during the conflict for the V Corps beachhead, the fiercest and bloodiest of the Landings. occasions from the early levels of making plans Operation Neptune-Overlord via to the battles among 6 to eight June 1944 are examined.'

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Four of them were ultimately recaptured but the fifth, Captain Louis Rémy of the Belgian army, successfully evaded all attempts at recapture and eventually made his way to Algeciras in Spain. On 19 May a further reorganization within Colditz occurred, with all bar 40 of the Polish contingent being transferred to another camp, followed a week later by 125 French and Belgians who were sent to Oflag X-C at Lübeck. Early in June, Brian Paddon received a summons to court-martial proceedings for an incident at one of the camps where he had been previously held.

Two weeks later, a dozen Anglo-Polish officers attempted to escape via the British tunnel under the prisoners’ canteen. Overseen by Capt. Pat Reid and a new arrival, Flight Lieutenant Norman Forbes – both of whom had a background in civil engineering – nothing was left to chance and an attempt was made to bribe one of the guards by offering him several hundred Reichsmarks to be elsewhere when the escapers emerged from the tunnel. Although the bribe was a considerable one, representing both the pooling of considerable resources and several weeks’ salary for the guard, the sentry reported the attempted bribe to Hauptmann Priem, the LO1, who ordered him to accept the money and say nothing, suggesting in effect that he would be a willing party to the British overtures.

There was also an Irishman, Dr Ion Ferguson, who was transferred to Stalag IV-D at Torgau where he gradually faked symptoms of insanity and was repatriated in January 1945. Lieutenant ‘Mike’ Sinclair. Perhaps the most persistent escaper to have been held at Colditz, he was respectfully known to his captors as ‘der rote Fuchs’ – the red fox. (IWM, HU 049550) The Franz Josef escape In April 1943, two British Officers – Lieutenants Albert ‘Mike’ Sinclair and ‘Monty’ Bissell – approached Dick Howe, the 53 A decorated veteran of World War I, Stabsfeldwebel Fritz Rothenberger was held in awe by many of the troops under his command and it was this reverence that Sinclair intended to capitalize upon in what has become known as ‘the Franz Josef escape’.

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