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This ﬁred charges designed to blow holes in concrete emplacements and demolish walls. A sixth crewman, sitting beside and below the Petard’s barrel, was added as a loader. AVREs could also carry a fascine. Among the many defences erected by the Germans along the Normandy coastline were deep ditches and dykes, Renowned as the great tank killer of Normandy, in reality the Hawker Typhoon’s greatest impact was psychological. often deliberately ﬁlled with water. The fascine was a huge bundle of brushwood mounted on the AVRE’s hull next to the turret.
Rommel soon realised that a supreme effort would be needed to ready the defences against the invasion that was clearly being prepared across the English Channel. Organisation Todt’s slave labour operations were dramatically increased on Rommel’s orders and by June 1944 the Atlantic Wall, though by no means ﬁnished, was a signiﬁcantly more daunting proposition for the invaders. 2 million tons of steel. A US soldier poses in one of four ferroconcrete coastal emplacements at Querqueville west of Cherbourg.
The most numerous variant in service was the P-47D. The huge 40lb bombs ﬁred by its Petard mortar, nicknamed ‘ﬂying dustbins’ because they were so large, were powerful enough to demolish sea walls and the sides of bunkers. IX, by far the most common of the later production Merlin-engined Spitﬁres and built in a bewildering variety of sub-types. III, known to the Americans as the P51B or C, on D-Day. In addition to the Thunderbolt, the USAAF ﬂew hundreds of twin-boomed Lockheed P-38F Lightnings on beach patrol and ground attack duties during the landings.
D-Day - Operation Overlord and the Battle for Normandy by Dan Sharpe