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46 Cdo RM - D Day - Capture of Petit Enfer

Unit/ Formation: 46 Cdo RM Location: France Period/ Conflict: World War II

Year: 1944 Date/s: 7 June 1944 Lieutenant Colonel Hardy’s 46 Royal Marine Commando (4th Brigade), which initially would have landed at Houlgate and Bénerville on the 6th, finally disembarked at 0600 hours, on 7th June, at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer to attack the Petit-enfer strong point.

46 CDO RM in France

The fortified position fell at 1800 hours along with 65 prisoners of 716th German Division.

0600 - Signal received that the unit was to come under command 1 Corp and to be landed on NAN WHITE Beach as early as possible.

Hasty re-adjustments and improvisations were made to equipment. Place: Bernieres 002853

0900 - The unit was landed by the ships flotillas on NAN WHITE Beach. Orders were received that the unit was to capture strongpoint PETIT ENFER area 048833 - 052830 - 051829 - 047832 with u/c one troop RMAS Gp.

1330 - Attack in three phases commenced from rd junc 033838. Place: Petit Enfer

1800 - Strongpoint surrendered; 65 prisoners (716 Coastal Div) were captured, together with a considerable quantity of enemy weapons and equipment. Own casualties - NIL.

2000 - Orders were received that two troops were to occupy LA DELIVERANDE 0881 jointly with 7 Black Watch that evening after a heavy naval bombardment.

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