Skip to comments.HITLERíS SEA WALL IS BREACHED, INVADERS FIGHTING WAY INLAND; NEW ALLIED LANDINGS ARE MADE (6/7/44)
Posted on 06/07/2014 5:43:30 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Germans concentrate near Caen
Wednesday, June 7, 1944 www.onwar.com
On the Western Front... Allied forces attempt to link up the beachheads. Gold and Juno beach are already joined. Elements of US 7th Corps, on Utah beach, attempts to link up with the paratroops of 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and advances toward Carentan and Montebourg. The US 5th Corps, on Omaha, advances toward Isigny and Bayeux. Elements of the British 30th Corps cut the Caen-Bayeux road. The 50th Division captures Bayeux. Meanwhile, German reserves are concentrating on the right flank of the invasion against the British forces threatening Caen.
In Italy... Elements of US 5th Army capture Bacciano and Civitavecchia. The port facilities are serviceable. Elements of British 8th Army advance as well. Subiaco is taken. The South African 6th Armored Division captures Civita Castellana and advances to Orvieto.
In New Guinea... On Biak Island, elements of US 41st Division capture Mokmer Airfield. Japanese resistance continues.
June 7th, 1944 (WEDNESDAY)
The Normandy Landings:
UNITED KINGDOM: London: Increased air bombardment of German fuel installations is ordered, following the interception of messages revealing a serious shortage of aviation fuel.
Britain: Millions of men waited and trained for yesterday, turning Britain into an international barracks while the D-Day invasion force was prepared. The culture shock for many British communities was intense, and nowhere more so than where the American servicemen were based. New dances, new fashions, new words and new foods (if chewing-gum can be so classified) have entered British life just as surely as many local girls will leave as “GI brides”. Not everybody welcomed the brash newcomers, and one area of contention was the racial discrimination within US forces. Attempts by the US authorities to confine black troops to certain bars or pubs, for instance, were resisted and led to clashes between Americans in which some were killed.
ITALY: American forces capture Bracciano, Civitavecchia and Civita Castellana.
Squadron Leader Neville Duke while flying a Spitfire VIII on a low-level strafing operation is hit by anti-aircraft fire. He attempts to bale out but his harness snags on the open cockpit. Hi kicks violently to free his parachute before pulling the ripcord and lands in the middle of lake seconds later, where he nearly loses his life again as his parachute drags him through the water. Italian partisans rescue him and give him shelter until the arrival of US troops. (Scott Peterson)
The USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy reaches its planned operational strength of 21 heavy bomber groups and seven fighter groups. In Italy, 340 B-17s and B-24s, some with fighter cover, hit Leghorn dock and harbor installations, Volri shipyards, Savona railroad junction, and Vado Ligure marshalling yard; 42 P-38s bomb the Recco viaduct and 32 P-47s fly an uneventful sweep over the Fenara-Bologna area. In France, the Antheor viaduct and Var River bridge are hit.
BURMA: Sgt Hanson Victor Turner (b.1910), West Yorkshire Regt., led his men in holding a difficult position. He later carried out six lone sorties, on the last of which he was killed. (Victoria Cross)
NEW GUINEA: Mokmer Air Field on Biak Island is captured.
CINCPAC PRESS RELEASE NO. 435, Guam Island was bombed by Seventh Army Air Force Liberators and Liberator search planes of Fleet Air Wing Two during daylight on June 5 (West Longitude Date).
Antiaircraft fire ranged from moderate to intense. Our force was not attacked by enemy aircraft. All of our planes returned.
Nauru Island was bombed on June 5 by Mitchell bombers of the Seventh Army Air Force and Ventura search planes of Fleet Air Wing Two. The barracks area, phosphate plant, and gun positions were principal targets.
Ponape Island was attacked by Seventh Army Air Force Mitchells on June 5. Antiaircraft fire was meager.
On June 4 Mille Atoll in the Marshalls was attacked by Dauntless dive bombers and Corsair fighters of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing.
Runways were principal targets. Light calibre antiaircraft fire was intense.
A search plane of Fleet Air Wing Two sighted a group of small enemy cargo ships proceeding northwest of Truk on June 5, and attacked and damaged one of the vessels. Another search plane shot down an enemy torpedo bomber west of Truk on June 5 (Denis Peck)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-970 (Type VIIC) Sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, in position 45.15N, 04.10W, by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn. 228/R). 38 dead, 14 survivors.
U-955 (Type VIIC) Sunk on in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.13N, 08.30W by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 201/S). 50 dead (all crew lost) (Alex Gordon)
HMCS Saskatchewan, a River-class destroyer, LCdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR, CO, was attacked by U-984, OltzS. Heinz Sieder, Knight’s Cross, CO. A Gnat acoustic-homing torpedo was exploded by Saskatchewans CAT gear. There was no further contact after the attack.
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Page 9 has “a prayer written by the president of the United States” which was shared with the country via a radio address.
Then I double checked the front page to be sure it was the N.Y. Times.
Thanks for the ping!
The Mulberry Harbor’s were an engineering feat of the day. Assembled in England, they were towed across the channel and installed within days.
Thanks for all the work you do.
Kind of odd seeing the word ‘’prayer’’ on the front page of The New York Times. How things have changed. God bless those guys who landed on those beaches. They went through hell and but they saved the world.
My first thought as well. Today, they would be calling out the HazMat squad if they word were even uttered in the building. ;~((
These last days have been amazing. I listened to radio broadcasts as I did weekend chores. I teared up more than once. It must have been even more emotional for the Brits, who have been at war since 1939, too much of that time alone.
Thanks for that post. Mile after mile of LST’s, the workhorse of the invastion, disgorging troops and cargo. The logistics challenge was immense, not just to get an army of a quarter million to Normandy, but keep an ever increasing force supplied with ammo, POL, and food. To accomplish that across a sea to a hostile shore was a task I doubt any other nation in the world at that time could have accomplished.
The Allies knew the logistics were an issue; so did the Germans. The German strategy was to deprive the Allies of a serviceable port. Brest and Cherbourg were captured after hard fighting, and the Germans thoroughly destroyed the port facilities. Most other ports were garrisoned and held out through May 1945. The Allied temporary solution was the Mulberry, although only one survived the June storm.
Of course, once we had supplies coming through Antwerp, Hitler made that the objective in the Bulge offensive.
You remind me that a distinguished freeper scholar one wrote a review of that story. It can be found on our general discussion thread, reply #73.
Third Army's slow down of its advance near the German border in the fall of 1944 was basically the time when the Express was extended about as far as it could go.