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Commando Platoon (BR793)Both the Army and Royal Marine Commandos played an important role in the landings on D-Day. They were given tasks that require more initiative and took advantage of their unique skills.
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For example between Juno and Sword beaches lay offshore shoals that prevented direct landings and leaving a gap. To overcome this two Royal Marine (RM) Commandos were tasked with linking the two beaches on landing. No. 48 RM Commando would advance from Juno beaches flank and No. 41 RM Commando from the opposite flank of Sword beach. On the other flank of Sword beach the Commandos were used on mass. The 1st Special Service Brigade containing 3, 4, and 6 Army Commandos and No. 45 RM Commando were to advance inland after first securing Ouistreham on the beach flank with 4 Commando and two French troops of 10 Commando.
Under the command of Lord Lovat they were to then advance with speed to the bridges over the River Orne already under attack from the 6th Airborne Division. After fighting through light resistance the Commandos linked up with the airborne troops at 1300 hours, and were met with a rousing cheer as they approached.