50 Div in Normandy. A Critical Analysis of the British 50th by L-Cmdr Ethan R. Williams

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 nice Britain to supply wrestle skilled troops for the invasion of northwest Europe. On D-Day, the fiftieth department accomplished the vast majority of its ambitions. by way of mid-June, notwithstanding, the fiftieth held positions just a couple of miles past its ultimate D-Day positions. the obvious mess ups of the veteran divisions in later operations led many senior leaders to think that those divisions had develop into a legal responsibility. This thesis will assessment the functionality of the fiftieth department in Normandy via first analyzing the interval prior to the invasion to figure out the 50th's readiness for struggle, British military doctrine, and guns. The 50th's earlier wrestle reviews and pre-invasion education can be analyzed to figure out the impression that earlier wrestle had at the department. ultimately, this thesis will evaluation the functionality of the fiftieth department in particular wrestle engagements in Normandy.

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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 nice Britain to supply wrestle skilled troops for the invasion of northwest Europe. On D-Day, the fiftieth department accomplished the vast majority of its ambitions. by way of mid-June, notwithstanding, the fiftieth held positions just a couple of miles past its ultimate D-Day positions. the obvious mess ups of the veteran divisions in later operations led many senior leaders to think that those divisions had develop into a legal responsibility. This thesis will assessment the functionality of the fiftieth department in Normandy via first analyzing the interval prior to the invasion to figure out the 50th's readiness for struggle, British military doctrine, and guns. The 50th's earlier wrestle reviews and pre-invasion education can be analyzed to figure out the impression that earlier wrestle had at the department. ultimately, this thesis will evaluation the functionality of the fiftieth department in particular wrestle engagements in Normandy.

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According to Private George Worthingon of the 6th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry: We weren’t very happy about being used as the attacking troops on D-Day, but there was nothing we could do about it. Everybody was happy about coming home; when we found out what we were coming home for it took a bit of the shine off it. {60} General Bernard L. Montgomery knew that for the coming invasion to succeed the 21st Army Group needed combat experienced troops. {61} As early as 1942, Montgomery identified that: We suffer from a grave disadvantage in this country in that we lack day-to-day experience of modern battle fighting, and those of us who have commanded units and formations in battle in this war are few in number.

Later, as commander of the 8th Army, the 50th served under his command in North Africa and Sicily. For the invasion of France and the subsequent operations to liberate Europe to succeed, Montgomery desired seasoned, combat experienced troops to take the lead while the green divisions that had been training for the past four years got their bearings and gained combat experience. On the first day of Overlord, the 50th Division proved Montgomery correct. The division achieved nearly all of its objectives and was in position to complete the remainder the following morning.

16} These sources, however, must be approached carefully. The Panzer Lehr report only covers June 6-30, 1944, when the German writers had their own agendas and morale issues to contend with. {17} The Hargest report only covers June 6-July 10, 1944, again not giving a full account of the 50th’s actions throughout the campaign. Furthermore, critics of the British performance fail to mention that on the same page as the Durham Light Infantry criticism, Hargest’s first sentence is “50 Div fights well…”{18} Also overlooked is the praise Hargest gives for two 50th Division units, the 69th Brigade and the 151st Brigade, for their effective use of combined arms tactics.

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