Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Coming Ashore Sword Beach Codenamed Operation Neptune or Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, now known as D-Day, was the most massive amphibious invasion in history — and perhaps the most significant turning point for the Allies during World War II as their victory there laid the foundation for the Nazis’ defeat. From 1942, Sword Beach fell under the control of Generalleutenant Wilhelm Richter. Elements of the German 716th Infantry Division—in particular, the 736th and 125th regiments—along with forces of the 21st Panzer Division were in the vicinity and were capable of participating in defensive or offensive operations. The area was dotted with vacation homes and tourist establishments located behind a seawall. The area of Sword, east of Juno Beach, is located between the localities of Langrune-sur-Mer and Ouistreham. Ihnen waren zur Verstärkung britische Kommandos zugeteilt worden. Die Invasionstruppen hatten die Aufgabe, die deutschen Widerstandsnester (WN) an und in den Küstenstädtchen auszuschalten und dann durch Ouistreham in Richtung Caen vorzurücken und die Stadt einzunehmen. Premium Membership is now 50% off! Zur Verteidigung lagen hier Teile der deutschen 716. Infographic showing facts and figures about the landings on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches on June 6, 1944. Peter Masters, veteran of Number 3 Troop, Number 10 Commando, remembering Sword Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Das South Lancashire Regiment war dem Sektor Peter zugewiesen, das Suffolk Regiment dem Queen Sektor und das East Yorkshire Regiment landete am Roger Sektor. The Canadian 3rd Division’s objective was to secure Juno beach and link up with British forces on Gold to the west and Sword to the east. Damit trugen sie wesentlich zu den dortigen relativ geringen Opferzahlen bei. There were also antitank ditches and mines as well as huge concrete walls blocking the streets of the towns. Weiterhin sollte im Osten eine Verbindung mit den dort im Rahmen der Operation Tonga vorher gelandeten Einheiten der britischen 6. Panzer-Division, die aus dem nahen Hinterland eingreifen konnten. Am Ostende der Invasionszone wurden rund vier Kilometer vor dem Strand DD tanks von Landungsbooten ausgesetzt. It represents the eastern flank of the Allied amphibious attack in Normandy. Ihnen waren zur Verstärkung britische Kommandos zugeteilt worden. Updates? Shortly after midnight on D-Day morning, elements of the 6th Airborne Division, in a daring glider-borne assault, seized bridges inland from the beach and also silenced artillery pieces that threatened the seaborne landing forces. Infanteriedivision in der Stärke von ca. Im Westen schloss Juno Beach an. 30.000 Soldaten landeten am D-Day (6. Diese waren von Gleitern abgesetzt worden. Die Brücken über die Orne waren schon in der Nacht zuvor im Rahmen der Operation Tonga von britischen Fallschirmjägern unter dem Kommando von Major John Howard eingenommen worden. Sword Beach is one of three Anglo-Canadian landing areas. It represents the eastern flank of the Allied amphibious attack in Normandy. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Sword Beach spread on 8km from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer to the west to Ouistreham. The area code-named Sword Beach occupied an 8-km (5-mile) stretch of the French coastline from Lion-sur-Mer on the west to the city of Ouistreham, at the mouth of the Orne River, on the east. At the end of the day, the British had landed 29,000 men and had taken 630 casualties. Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? Author and lecturer on military history. With H-hour set at 07:25, the objective of the 3rd Division, commanded by Major General T.G Rennie, who assaulted this beach was to advance towards and capture or mask the city of Caen several miles inland. It was divided by Allied planners into four sectors named (from west to east) Oboe, Peter, Queen, and Roger. Sword Beach and the area to the east of the River Orne marked the left-hand section of the British seaborne assault. The British 3rd Division, General Montgomery’s own division in the Battle of France in 1940, was assigned the task of landing on Sword Beach and fighting its way inland to link up with the airborne operations across the Orne River and, if possible, capture Caen. Caen war ein logistischer Knotenpunkt, da hier alle Straßen und Eisenbahnlinien an der Normandieküste zusammenliefen, und daher ein strategisch sehr wichtiges Ziel. The area of Sword, east of Juno Beach, is located between the localities of Langrune-sur-Mer and Ouistreham. 45 Royal Marine Commando - Sword Beach, Normandy. Sword Beach - British Landing Sector - WWII Airborne operation prior to the landing Sword Beach was the easternmost of the five landing beaches and the closest to Caen (15km), the focal point of all the region's roads. Juni 1944) um 7:25 Uhr im Rahmen der Operation Overlord an diesem Strandabschnitt östlich der Orne und des Caen-Kanals. Commando-Brigade unter dem Kommando von Lord Lovat, die am späten Morgen an der Pegasusbrücke eintrafen. 700 Soldaten beziffert. By 1300 the commandos had achieved their most important objective: they had linked up with airborne troops at the bridges over the Orne waterways. Die Landezone war ungefähr acht Kilometer lang und wurde in vier Abschnitte mit den Namen Oboe, Peter, Queen und Roger unterteilt. Truppen der britischen 3. Infanteriedivision in der Stärke von ca. It was assaulted on June 6, 1944 (D-Day of the invasion), by units of the British 3rd Division, with French and British commandos attached. The objective of the 3rd Division was to push across Sword Beach and pass through Ouistreham to capture Caen and the important Carpiquet airfield nearby. So gingen am Sword Beach auch französische Truppen mit an Land. Commandos exiting Sword Beach follow a Sherman tank on their way to linking up with paratroopers at the Orne River, D-Day, June 6, 1944. Sword Beach is the easternmost of the five landing areas. Panzer-Division und später durch die 12. Map of the British and Canadian beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944, showing the planned amphibious assault sectors on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches and the planned airdrop zones near the Orne and Dives rivers. Sword Beach, the easternmost beach of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II. However, for the Allies the optimistic objectives of Caen and the Carpiquet aerodrome were still a long 5 km away. Sword Beach lay in the area of landing beaches assigned to the British Second Army, under Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey. Sword Beach The most easterly of the invasion beaches, ‘Sword Beach’ spans from the mouth of the River Orne at Ouistreham to St Aubin sur Mer. On the right flank the British had been unable to link up with Canadian forces from Juno Beach, and at 1600 hours tank forces and mechanized infantry units from the 21st Panzer Division launched the only serious German counterattack of D-Day. Die DDs arbeiteten sehr gut, so dass sie die Landungstruppen planmäßig unterstützen konnten. SS-Panzer-Division „Hitlerjugend“ behindert. Sword Beach, the easternmost beach of the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II. Map of the British and Canadian beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944, showing the initial amphibious and airborne assault routes and the areas of German resistance. Sword-Beach liegt im französisch-britischen Sektor der Landungsstrände, östlich von Caen. The Western Allies agreed to open a Second Front in northern Europe in 1942 to aid the Soviet Union. Attached commandos, under Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, had the mission of fighting their way off the beach and pushing some 5 km (3 miles) inland toward the Orne River and Caen Canal bridges, where they were to link up with the airborne forces. Black Friday Sale! Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. WW2 land, sea and air forces of the Allied Nations planning, training and working together as a unified force on amphibious raids and landings against the enemy.