SUCCESSFUL - Baker Company Campaign - Operation Neptune (D-Day)
Official Announcement: Campaign BP2 vs Grenadier Regiment 559 & 2.SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich'
29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
BAKER COMPANY HEADQUARTERS
1LT. PATTERSON'S DESK
0900 Hours, 6th of June 1944.
Men of the 29th ID,
After the single largest amphibious landing in human history on the beaches of Normandy, the German forces have been caught off guard, expecting a landing at the Pas-de Calais. Unable to contain the Allied beachhead rapidly being established; the Regiments of the Wehrmacht and SS are all that stand between the 29th ID and other Allied divisions that are amassing on the beaches of northern France.
June the 6th, 1944, at 0630 Hours. The American 29th Infantry division, had landed at the section of beach codenamed ‘Omaha’ held by the German Infanterie-Division.352. By 9 o’clock a small beachhead has been established at massive cost to the Allies. In the course of the fighting the 1st and 29th divisions suffered some 2,000 casualties.
‘Dog Green Sector’ is the name given to the small sub-section of the beach designated for the 1st Battalion, 116th regiment of the 29th ID to assault. Due to dispersal of the landings only Able Company managed to land in the intended area and suffered heavy casualties, almost resulting in the total loss of the Company… Trapped on the beach behind obstacles and heavy accurate MG fire, the company was decimated; losing two thirds of the companies strength. Of the 101 Able Co. men that set off from England, over 90 would become battlefield casualties.
By 9 o’clock the situation has improved and the other companies of the Battalion including B Company ‘Baker’, who had initially landed off course had used this to their advantage to flank the German positions, assaulting the bluffs of the German 352nd ID from the sides, relieving the pressure on the units who were still pinned on the beach.
First Encounter: ‘Establishing the Beachhead’
Now linked up with the survivors of Able Company at the sea wall, Baker Company, Second Platoon have been tasked with moving inland into the nearby village of Vierville Sur-Mer to repel a likely counter attack from the 352nd ID.
BP2 must move to secure a key crossroads in the village overlooking the only road up the steep cliffs in the sector. Until this crossroads is taken we can not move trucks and Armour up the road without fear of German ambushes from the buildings and bunkers overlooking it.