D-Day Diary - 4th Week of May 1944
22 May 1944. HM King George VI inspects 27 Armoured
Brigade in Petworth Park, West Sussex.
24 May 1944. Men of 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment
(First Hussars) enjoy their last night out; the camp was
sealed from 0300 hours next morning.
27/28 May 1944. 28 German aircraft bomb Weymouth.;
38 more drop mines in Weymouth and Portland harbours.
28 May 1944. Admiral Ramsay signals from Eisenhower's
Headquarters at Southwick House "Carry Out Operation
28 May 1944. Situation report by German Commander-in-Chief
West (von Runstedt) reads "Due to attacks of last
four days Seine railway bridges between Paris and Rouen
destroyed or impassable. Exception; railway bridge St. Germain
West insists on immediate restoration in each case."
30 May 1944. Tarrant Rushton airfield carries out
a mass night-time exercise with Halifax/Hamilcar
31 May 1944. Force U, American troops destined for
Utah Beach begin loading at ports in Devon; Plymouth, Dartmouth,
Brixham and Torquay. Force O for Omaha at Weymouth, Portland
and Poole. Force G for Gold Beach and Force J for Juno at
Southampton the Solent and Spithead. Force S for Sword at
Portsmouth, the Solent, Spithead, Newhaven and Shoreham.
It is a time-consuming and tricky business. On every landing
craft deck space is at a premium so vehicles have to be
reversed aboard (in order to drive off forwards) and then
park up as close together as possible. Odd corners and other
small spaces are filled with Jeeps, trailers and other small
All tanks are chained down for the voyage, to prevent them
from moving about in rough weather. Although some officers
have accommodation on the ship the majority of men remain
with their vehicles, sleeping inside, underneath or in hammocks,
made from canvas sheets, slung between the tanks.
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