By Simon Trew

On D-Day, British XXX Corps was once ordered to damage open the German defenses on Gold seashore and boost to trap Bayeux. Its commander, Lieutenant-General G.C. Bucknall, selected the fiftieth (Northumbrian) department, a veteran formation blooded in North Africa, to spearhead the touchdown, supported via forty seven Royal Marine Commando. regardless of bad climatic conditions hampering the deliberate armored aid, the assaulting infantry overcame stiff resistance and heavy casualties to typhoon the seashore. by means of midday Gold seashore used to be in complete use as a reception and dispersal web site, with all 4 brigades of fiftieth department ashore and urgent inland. even supposing Bayeux used to be now not taken, the defenses in the direction of Arromanches have been speedy cleared, securing the positioning of the 1st synthetic harbors so very important to the Normandy crusade. the arriving of seventh Armoured department (the barren region Rats), additionally North Africa veterans, within the days following D-Day consolidated the beachhead within the face of mounting German resistance, surroundings the scene for extra penetration inland.

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Kimmel Lt. Lieutenant General Army's Hawaiian Department, visited Governor Joseph B. Poindexter to ask for martial law. Short told the governor about the damage at Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field and expressed his fears that the Japanese would attempt an invasion the next day aided by local Japanese saboteurs. He further stated that martial law was "absolutely necessary" for the military to function adequately in the face of an invasion or local uprisings. Reluctant to relinquish control, Governor Poindexter telephoned President Roosevelt and discussed the situation with him.

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