D-day Memories

Captain Robert Worth landed on Sword Beach with his men of the

937 Port Construction and Repair Company on D+3

We were transported across from the port of Newhaven by an American LSI.

The senior crew kindly invited the Officers into the ward room for dinner and served us the fattest pork chops I ever saw; as I am subject to seasickness this was a good start.

The pills we were issued stopped me being sick, but oh how I wanted to be.

The one good result was that the next morning as we sailed into Sword Beach, I didnít care a hoot about the shelling on the shore, all I wanted was to get my feet on dry land. We sailed in past the bows of the battle-cruiser Renown. Her big guns were firing an ear-splitting experience. All the American LSI crew wanted to do was get rid of us as soon as possible and pull off away from the shelling and in consequence we were landed in deeper water than we would have liked.

I took my platoon in advance to take up our positions around the sea-locks at the entrance to the Ouistreham-Caen Canal. Our briefing had been that the front line would be some two miles up the coast at Cabourg, so I was somewhat surprised to be told by the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry that our position was the front line and the Germans were some 400 yards away on the east bank of the mouth of the River Orne. The Ox and Bucks added nonchalantly that they were pulling out under orders and it was all ours! The 6th Airborne were also on the east bank of the Orne, but at least half a mile inland. My platoon took up the advanced position on the east side of the lock with a minefield in front of us, but with a dirt track running through towards the car across at low tide, so tanks could certainl

 

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