We had six Horsa gliders each carrying a small (c20 man) platoon and a 5 man Royal Engineer detachment.
I'm no good in a fight but I make a great pot of tea...
See also Richard's report here.
To keep things simple we numbered our platoons 1-6 and allocated missions for each. Everyone was. however, briefed on all of the missions so platoons could be easily re-ordered once on the ground. If we survived that long. The landing would take place in pitch darkness.
To help with orientation, most of my photos were taken from the NE corner of the table.
The missions were:
1. Take the bridge(!), sappers to neutralise any demo charges and make safe. (1 Plt - Jerry)
2. Take the pillbox N of bridge (suspected to be the control point for the demo charges). 2 Plt (me)
3. Clear the East Bank (3 Plt - Richard)
4. Secure the defensive works (5 Plt - Tim C)
5. Take Ranville Bridge (just off-table on the road to the East) (4 & 6 Plts - John & Martin)
First though, we had to build and land our gliders....
I even added some 'period' markings...
Our own very modest contribution to the D-Day commemoration.