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Major-General Tom Rennie, 3rd Div. commander on D-Day. He was wounded by a landmine in Cambes on D plus 7 and evacuated to England. Rennie was given command of the 51st (Highland) Division for the Rhine crossing. He was killed in the Rhine bridgehead. 

British 3rd Div insignia.

Pre-invasion message from Monty. (Shropshire Regimental Museum)

And from General Eisenhower. (Shropshire Regimental Museum)

Division memorial in Caen.

"To the memory of the men of the 3rd British Infantry Division one of the assault divisions landed on D-Day 6 June 1944 and liberated Caen 9 July 1944"

Landing diagram, Juno and Sword.

Landing diagram, Gold beach.

Endpaper map from Assault Division. Area shown is Queen sector. Riva Bella and Ouistreham are to the east (and not shown here). 

Simplified map of German attack (black) and British advance (red).

Aerial photo of Sword. Lebisey is the circle in the far distance. Hermanville is on the far right. The photo doesn't reveal the rolling nature of the terrain, of the ridges and valleys.

Large map from Victory in the West showing Sword area on D-Day. Blue indicates German positions (and direction of counterattack) Red indicates Allied positions ((the British 3rd Division is on the right, the Canadian 3rd Division is on the left).

Detail of map from Victory in the West. The blue dotted lines and arrows indicate the advance (and retreat) of German armor.

BELOW: A memorial to the Suffolk Regiment at the emplacement known to the British as Hillman. Parts of the emplacement still stand inland from Sword.  (Chuck Solomon, 2000)

ABOVE: East Yorkshire colours (left) coming ashore in Normandy). Motion picture still.

Sherman "Firefly" of the 13/18th Hussars with 3rd Div infantrymen before Goodwood.

British 6-pounder anti-tank gun in Normandy.

The 6-pounder calibre was 57 mm. It had a maximum rate of fire of 15 rounds a minute, and an average range of 1,000 meters.

BELOW: Regimental cap badges.


South Lancashire.

East Yorkshire.

King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

Symbol of the Yeomanry.

Westminster Dragoons.