D-Day Diary - 4th week of June 1944
19 June 1944
The Great Storm. Mulberry A, the American port, is virtually
destroyed, Mulberry B suffers considerable damage.
Start of the Battle of the Philippine Sea (the Marianas
Turkey Shoot) damages the Japanese fleet.
21 June 1944
7 and 9 Royal Tank Regiments, 31st Tank Brigade, land in
22 June 1944
Delayed landing of first elements of Guards Armoured Division
Indian troops finally end the siege of Imphal.
23 June 1944
3rd (US) Armored Division lands on Omaha Beach.
24 June 1944.
Transport ship Derrycunihy with 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment
aboard, detonates a pressure mine and sinks off Ouistreham.
Roll call reveals 150 men wounded, 180 missing.
V1 Flying Bomb hits Guards Tank Brigade workshops near Charing
in Kent; 51 men killed, 40 wounded.
US Infantry approach the line of forts defending Cherbourg.
25 June 1944
Allied naval task force from Portland, including US battleships
USS Texas and USS Arkansas with British cruisers HMS Enterprise
and HMS Glasgow bombard Cherbourg.
Operation Epsom, a five day attack in the direction of Caen
now launched, having been postponed on account of the Great
Storm that wrecked the Mulberry Harbours.
Operation Martlet, 49th Infantry Division attack Fontenay-le-Presnel.
26 June 1944
32nd Guards Brigade of Guards Armoured Division prepare
to attack from Bayeux
German forces in Cherbourg dock area surrender to US Army
Panzer Lehr driven out of Fontenay-le-Presnel by 8th Armoured
27 June 1944
American forces capture Cherbourg.
British forces capture St Manvieu and Cheux.
Great efforts are being made by 15th (Scottish) Division
and 31st Tank Brigade to reach bridges on the Odon river.
11th Armoured Division establish a bridgehead over the Odon.
German forces muster 140 tanks, including Tigers of 101
SS Panzer Abteilung to resist.
VI rocket hits Victoria Station, London, 14 killed.
28 June 1944
British tanks and infantry in action around Rauray. 11th
Armoured Division, 23rd Hussars leading, makes its first
assault on Hill 112.
15th (Scottish) Division supported by Churchill tanks of
7th Royal Tank Regiment advance through standing wheat near
Strong German counter-attacks threaten to disrupt the British
advance so 11th Armoured Division is ordered to limit its
29 June 1944
British forces withdraw from Hill 112.
Hitler holds a special 'Fuhrer Conference' at Berchtesgaden
where Field Marshals Rommel and von Runstedt find that he
is avoiding the issue where events in France are concerned.
Villers-Bocage reduced to rubble after attack by 250 Lancaster
11th Armoured Division heavily engaged with 12th SS Panzer
Division Hitlerjugend near Eterville.
Montgomery signals end of Operation Epsom.
30 June 1944
1st SS Panzer Division counter-attack Rauray.
49th Infantry Division prepare to defend Rauray
9th US Infantry Division accepts surrender of German forces
on Cap de la Hague.
VI rocket hits Bush House, London, 198 people killed
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