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Sword beach

Who landed on Sword beach?
This was a British landing beach for the 3rd Division together with French and British commandos.

What were their orders?
The aim was to capture the town of Caen which was at the centre of the local road network. The commandos would move inland and meet up with the airborne Allied troops who had taken over important bridges a few miles in from the coast.

How did it go?
About 29,000 soldiers landed on the beach on D-Day and there were 630 casualties, dead or wounded. They finished the day four miles short of the town of Caen but were successful in linking up with the airborne units.