Author Topic: Bloody Gulch - Battle #2 F|H Campaign  (Read 946 times)

Offline Maddog95

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • Karma happens, a lot anda always in the face.
    • View Profile
Bloody Gulch - Battle #2 F|H Campaign
« on: 28-03-2012, 13:03:49 »
Bloody Gulch


When the 101st Airborne entered the town of Carentan on June 12, 1944 (D-Day + 6) after heavy fighting on the two previous days, they met relatively light resistance. The bulk of the surviving German defenders (from the 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment) had withdrawn to the southwest the previous night after a heavy Allied naval and artillery bombardment. Both sides realized the importance of the city: for the Americans, it was a link between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, and would provide a base for further attacks deeper into German-occupied France. For the Germans, recapturing Carentan would be the first step towards driving a wedge between the two U.S. landing beaches, severely disrupting and possibly even destroying the Allied invasion.



(click on picture for full size)


The remnants of the 6th Fallschirmjäger resupplied and were reinforced by assault guns and panzergrenadiers of the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division on the night of June 12–13. The combined force counterattacked northeast towards Carentan at dawn on June 13, just as the 506th and 501st PIR were attacking southwest to enlarge the American defensive perimeter around the town. The 506th took the brunt of the attack, and by 10:30 a.m., the outnumbered and outgunned paratroopers were pushed almost back to the outskirts of the city.



(click on picture for full size)

Under intense German fire, F Company of the 506th's left flank broke and fell back. This exposed D Company's right flank, who also fell back, leaving E Company all alone. The commanding officer of F Company was relieved on the spot by Colonel Strayer. When a German StuG assault gun attempted to penetrate the left flank, Lt. Harry Welsh and Pvt. John McGrath of E Company successfully destroyed it with a bazooka. This gave time for battalion headquarters to stop the retreat of D and F companies, pushing them forward 150 meters to cover the left flank. The 2nd Battalion of the 502nd PIR took up positions to the right of the 506th, but by 1:00 p.m. they too had suffered many casualties, and the German attack was on the edge of breaking through their defenses.



Play this fantastic battle with full Organization and Teamwork!
Join us!

Offline RAnDOOm

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1.404
  • Portugal - Surfs Paradise in Europe
    • View Profile
Re: Bloody Gulch - Battle #2 F|H Campaign
« Reply #1 on: 29-03-2012, 14:03:21 »

Offline RAnDOOm

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1.404
  • Portugal - Surfs Paradise in Europe
    • View Profile
Re: Bloody Gulch - Battle #2 F|H Campaign
« Reply #2 on: 30-03-2012, 13:03:47 »
THE BATTLE WILL START TODAY AT 18hGMT