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.

1Lt. Patterson,
Commanding Officer,
Baker Company.

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    edited April 2016

    Second Encounter: ‘On to Englesquville’ BP2 vs Grenadier Regiment 559 & 2.SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich'

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    2200 June 6th 1944

    Forces of Baker Co. consisting of three squads, command elements and armor successfully landed and took the beaches along Dog Green sector, Omaha Beach. Upon consolidation of their position, Squad One and Squad Three began the ascent of the eastern cliff line with the support of the armor. Squad Two ascended along a path adjacent to the main causeway off the beach.

    Reactionary forces of the German Infantry division 352 met Allied forces head-on, Squads One & Two were able to quickly secure the Barn and surrounding buildings along the eastern approach to the crossroads, however Squad Two came under immediate and devastating fire from enemy positions in the crossroads area. Under great duress and having sustained heavy losses, Squad Two were able to take and hold the crossroads buildings including the Train station and await reinforcement and fire support from friendly squads now moving along the Main road from the east.

    Elements of Squad One and Squad Three were able to link up with Squad Two and with fire support from the tank were able to force an Axis withdraw from the crossroads area. From here a lengthy stalemate ensued, all squads remained on high alert having received sniper fire from the ruins of the church on the south end of the village. Axis continued a strategy of harassment and containment all the while preparing for a counterattack.

    Approximately 20-30minutes later, remnants of Squad Two came under assault from a major Axis counterattack consisting of infantry and armor from the manor area western side of the village. Utilizing crossfire from Squads One & Three, Allied forces were able to deal significant losses to Axis but not without sustaining their own losses. During the engagement both sides lost their armor support with One confirmed Marder kill and the loss of one Sherman in return. Once more a stalemate ensued with both sides dealing losses to one another, with losses for both sides standing at 90% or higher and after hours of grueling fighting, Axis forces withdrew in good order after a ceasefire was brokered resulting in an indecisive action.

    2300 June 7th 1944

    Having spent the day securing Vierville and its environs, the next step in this task was the small village of Englesqueville. The position of the company was not great, their forces had taken a severe beating in the landing and subsequent battle for Vierville, and what forces remained were scattered with reinforcements not disembarking from the ships for a while yet.

    With her sister regiment the 115th mopping up and the other Companies of the 116th sent to secure the coastal road towards Grandcamp. Baker Company and units from the 175th regiment and 747th Tank Battalion set about the task of preparing for the assault on Englesqueville to secure the road to La Cambe and then finally Isigny itself...

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    Third Encounter: ‘La Cambe, Dawn Assault’ BP1 vs 2.FJ, 52nd ID and 'VvV' Battalion

    Surviving elements of Baker Co. Second Platoon had regrouped and rearmed prior to a push on the village of Englesqueville. Advance scouts of Squad One came under immediate fire from German Infantry who had laid ambush positions within the outskirts of the village. Friendly armour support attempted to reposition to engage and in doing so caught a further ambush attempt in the open. The now exposed German soldiers proved wholly unprepared to withstand close engagement with hostile armour, and were quickly beaten off.

    With the ambush repulsed, the three squads pushed into the town going building by building, calling fire missions from the tank to clear enemy strongpoints. Having lost many men in the initial phase of the engagement, the enemy forces were soon overwhelmed and driven from the village. Allied losses were reported to be slight, hostile armour was defeated while retaining allied armour support resulting in a decisive engagement and victory for the allied forces.


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    0700 Hours June 8th 1944

    After brushing aside enemy resistance in and around Englesquiville. Baker company and units from the 175th regiment and 747th tank regiment headed south from Englesquville; sticking to the road south to hit the Isigny-Bayeux highway west of Longueville.

    The advance echelon of tanks reached la Cambe at 0300, but an attempt to enter the village at 0530 was held up by German antitank and antiair guns. The 747th Tank Battalion, with help from naval fire from the Cruiser HMS Glasgow knocked out five of these for the loss of one tank.

    Now with dawn's light; Baker Company, First Platoon have been ordered to lead the way into the village and then hold against an expected counter attack...


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    With much of the Western village in total ruin from naval shell fire, and the German's gun positions in the east knocked out. The German defenders of the 352nd Infanterie division and displaced Luftwaffe gun crews have set up several strong houses in and around the center of the village.

    These positions are believed to be the following:

    The mostly undamaged church on the north side of the village square, with a steeple looking over the entire village and a perimeter wall containing the church yard. The ability to over watch the village and the perimeter wall make this position ideal for defending forces.

    A long terrace of houses on the south side of the village square, which although was hit from several shells is still offering resistance.

    A house requisitioned for the German garrison unit nicknamed 'Propaganda house' due to the propaganda posters stuck on it. Which is ideally suited to over watch the approach into the village from the east.

    A compound of four houses in the north, surrounded by a small perimeter wall, this position over watches the north approach and must also be cleared.

    And finally the buildings on the west side of the village square, next to a destroyed gun emplacement, These buildings look over the square and are believed to contain the German's rear most units.

    When the US forces secure the town a strong German counter attack is expected as it is on a crucial position on the road to Insigny, which the Germans are desperately trying to hold onto...

    First platoon have proven repeatedly the past few days they have the fortitude and grit to overcome any obstacle and enemy despite extremely tough odds, that is why I have decided BP1 shall lead the infantry assault into the village this morning.

    With full daylight and the German's big guns knocked out, you must now close in and finish the remaining krauts holed up in the centre of the village. Move in quick and take those objective buildings on time because it has been reported that a column of 352nd is moving to reinforce the village from the west. We must capture it now and dig in before their reinforcements arrive or we will risk our advance to Isigny being stalled.
    Once the town is secured you are expected to hold it against a likely enemy counter attack, do not give them back the town! Once secured it must remain in our hands...
    Good luck BP1!

    Cpt. Patterson,
    Commanding Officer,
    Baker Company.


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    Fourth Encounter: Hedgerow Hell

    0600 Hours June 9th 1944

    After a protracted battle the forces of BP1 have taken the village of La Cambe.

    As predicted the combined enemy force including both Heer and FJ units later counter attacked from the west but were successfully repulsed by the skilled members of BP1.


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    A third enemy force believed to be from the same units engaged yesterday have been spotted moving towards the village from the south. It has been decided that BP3; being rested and fresh will move south and meet them in a closing engagement. This will allow BP1 and BP2 to focus on securing the village and then continue the advance westwards.


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    BP3 will most likely encounter the enemy near the crossroads in an area referred to as 'Hedgerow Hell'. The terrain and foliage is most suited to the ambush and CQB combat that I know we
    have become very skilled in. The enemy will not expect a full platoon in this position and will be quickly driven off allowing BP3 to secure and hold the crossroads and to support the
    Companies southern flank from further counter attacks.

    Cpt. Patty
    Commanding Officer
    Baker Company

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    Fifth Encounter: Last stop before Insigny

    1500 Hours June 9th 1944

    As expected the enemy force aproaching from the south of La Cambe in the 'Hedgerow Hell' sector was not expecting a sudden suprise attack outside of the village it's self.

    They were caught at close range and badly beaten, ceasing to exist as a fighting force. Those who survived were quickly rounded up and captured.


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    With the south flank secure the way is clear to Insigny: Probably not wanting to give up the important river crossing there, the Germans are sending another platoon to the Osmanville area between La Cambe and Insigny.

    BP3 are to continue pushing the advance, leading the way down the highway. Brush aside any resistance is the Osmanville area and secure our DDay objective of Insigny.


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    BP3 has done an astounding job but your job is not over yet. Osmanville is our last stop before our main objective of Insigny.
    So keep up the pace, 29th Lets Go!

    Cpt. Patty
    Commanding Officer
    Baker Company

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    Sixth Encounter: Insigny

    Omansville has been taken by BP3. Our main objective of Isigny awaits, BP3 will move in and clear the town tonight!

    1700 Hours June 9th 1944

    BP3 was able to infiltrate the Eastern part of Omansville before being locked down from entering the center. In a last ditch effort, HQ ordered the men to mount up the half-tracks leaving only one man in the East town cap while the rest moved to capture the West. After West was captured, the East was pressured by the Axis forces, so half our forces manoeuvred back to capture. In the end when time was called, BP3 held the majority of the town. Shortly after, BP3 had to set up a defence for the Axis counter-attack. The counter-attack was defended with ease and the Axis forces were unable to control any capture points at the end.

    WO1 Brewer
    Platoon Leader
    BP3

    2100 Hours June 9th 1944

    As with our last engagement, BP3 was tasked to take the town and then defend against a counter-attack as well. We were equipped with a Stuart tank against the axis infantry with a Marder tank. Several members of BP3 were able to get into Isigny and inflict heavy casualties but the enemy ultimately were successful in defending and a stalemate ensued. The axis attempted to counter-attack but we successfully defended it with ease, before securing the Isigny it's self.

    WO1 Brewer
    Platoon Leader
    BP3


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    With BP3 securing our final D-Day objective of Isigny. The battle to secure the beach-head in Normandy is won. The Germans can no longer hope to repel us back into the sea. However this is by no means the end of the fierce combat we have seen, there are many battles to come as we work to expand our lines and liberate France.

    Cpt. Patty
    Commanding Officer
    Baker Company

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