Military historians and history buffs tend to focus on the art of generalship – the surprise attack, outflanking or surrounding your opponent, destroying supply lines – outwitting, outmatching and confounding the enemy. This is not one of those stories. This is one where the only option is run headlong into your enemy.
Before the fighting on the beaches at Normandy, Allied paratroopers landed in the French countryside with a mission to seize and secure a bridge in the village of La Fiere. Little goes right during the drop and Americans find themselves in a fight at close quarters with heavily armed Germans that will last for three days. With no room to manoeuvre, a decision is made to charge directly at the German force on the bridge. It proves successful and ultimately paves the way for the 4th Infantry to advance from Utah beach to the port at Cherbourg, as planned.
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