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By David Turner

Ocober thirteenth 1939 - following an immense explosion in Scapa circulation, Orkney, one of many Royal Navys best battleships, HMS Royal Oak rolled over and sank. A German U-boat U-47 had silently penetrated defences and performed its paintings. a complete of 833 males died. final sunrise is a revealing account of the tragedy. instructed via declassified pictures and naval documents and statements from survivors, it is a dramatic and relocating reassessment of the largest lack of boy sailors in one occasion in international warfare II.

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Kellem), after assembling the bulk of its force, started for the la Fiere bridge. No troops could be sent to Chef-du-Pont immediately. The 3d Battalion (Lt. Col. Edward C. Krause) moved after collecting about a quarter of its men. Colonel Krause organized these men into two companies and headed for Ste. Mere-Eglise. Learning from a Frenchman that the Germans had recently established themselves outside the town along the roads, Colonel Krause planned to surround the town and establish road blocks before daylight.

He was moving infantry into the draw in front of his base. After the first German attack had been repulsed, Colonel Krause sent Company I, with eighty men, to strike at the enemy's western flank. The counterattack was almost disastrous, as Company I, confused by the zigzag course through hedgerows, turned east too soon and emerged on the road just ahead of the enemy position. ' The surprise and effectiveness of the blow led the enemy forces immediately south of Ste. Mere-Eglise to overestimate American strength, and they began to withdraw.

Both regiments, however, were scattered and faced some of the most-difficult problems of assembly of any of the airborne units (Map VI). the railroad. The railroad embankment rose prominently from the marshland and was a convenient orientation feature. The men knew it was the only railroad in the Merderet valley and naturally used it as a guide. Probably the first group to do so was the one led by Capt. F. V. Schwartzwalder. His group of men from the 507th Parachute Infantry had landed along the swamp east of the Merderet and assembled on the railroad embankment.

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