At 0016hrs on 6 June 1944 a Horsa glider ground to a halt a mere 60
yards from the Orne Canal bridge at Bnouville in Normandy. A small
group of British paratroopers burst from it and stormed the bridge
within minutes. The Allied liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe had
begun. Within a few hours landing craft would swarm towards
Ouistreham as British 3rd Division stormed ashore at Sword Beach.
The battle would then begin to break through to relieve the
paratroopers. In the third of the D-Day volumes Ken Ford details
the assault by British 6th Airborne Division and the British
landings on Sword Beach that secured the vital left flank of the
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