49th Division (The Polar Bears) , 8th Armoured Brigade. In the early hours of the 25th June 1944 the 49th Div launched its first main assault .
Operation Deadstick, Pegasus Bridge, Orne Bridges, D-Day D-Day was one of history’s greatest undertakings , one of the first actions, Operation Deadstick, the landing by glider elements of the 2nd Oxs & Bucks Battalion Who would successfully capture two bridges over the canal and river Orne, hold at all costs.
After a successful landing on D-Day and the liberation of Bayeux on the 7th June, The 8th Armoured Brigade, on the 8th June, with attached 1st Dorset Battalion advances from St Leger to Audrieu against elements of the 12th SS .Side stepping the battle in Audrieu the Sherwood Rangers secure Hill 103, by the 9th of June the 8th Armoured Brigade has a box defense on Hill 103 . With the 8th DLI attached, they secured St Pièrre late on the 9th June, after a short but violent battle , bringing forward Northumberland Hussars and 24th Lancers.