By L-Cmdr Ethan R. Williams

In overdue 1943, the British military ordered the veteran seventh Armored, 51st (Highland), and fiftieth (Northumbrian) Divisions to come back to the good Britain to supply wrestle skilled troops for the invasion of northwest Europe. On D-Day, the fiftieth department completed the majority of its ambitions. via mid-June, besides the fact that, the fiftieth held positions just a couple of miles past its ultimate D-Day positions. the plain disasters of the veteran divisions in later operations led many senior leaders to think that those divisions had turn into a legal responsibility. This thesis will review the functionality of the fiftieth department in Normandy through first reading the interval sooner than the invasion to figure out the 50th's readiness for warfare, British military doctrine, and guns. The 50th's earlier wrestle reports and pre-invasion education might be analyzed to figure out the impression that past wrestle had at the department. ultimately, this thesis will overview the functionality of the fiftieth department in particular strive against engagements in Normandy.

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R. Baker and B. Rust produced A Short History of the 50th Northumbrian Division. This 72 page book traces the 50th from its inception in 1908 to 1966. While only four and a half pages are devoted to operations in Normandy, the book is a valuable reference for the 50th Division researcher as it contains all of the major dates, places, and names in the division’s history. There exists a gap in the history of the 50th Division, as there is no critical assessment of the division’s performance in Normandy.

Once established, the division strengthened its positions and conducted regular patrols, believing that an attack was imminent. The German Afrika Korps and Italian forces, led by now Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, confirmed their suspicion. The Axis forces attacked on the night of May 26, attempting to split the Gazala Line between the 150th and 69th Brigades. Fearing an Axis breakthrough, the 8th Army ordered the 150th Brigade to defend at all costs. Despite a shortage of ammunition, the brigade put up a fierce defense.

The Allies, though, realized that despite their successes in the Mediterranean, the liberation of Europe still required a landing somewhere in northwest Europe. The diversion of men and materiel to Operation Torch pushed any chance of executing Operation Roundup to 1944. This delay, however, had several advantages for the Allies in the west. The Soviets would continue to wear down the German army on the Eastern Front, the Allied air forces would launch a combined strategic bombing campaign against Germany and would gain air superiority over the Luftwaffe, and the U-Boat threat would be eliminated.

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