21.Panzerdivision

21.Panzerdivision
For the first day of the Allied landings 21.Panzer-Division operated alone on June 6 1944. It launched several counterattacks during the afternoon which effectively blocked the road to Caen. Hampered by enemy air strikes, the 21.Panzer managed to find and engage British Paratroop forces at Ranville. The division gave the British a hard fight until it received orders to withdraw. Allied air power were the decisive factor for the Allied victories in the Normandy Invasion and subsequent operations. Allied sea and air power halted every major German attack. This was to be typical of the German experience of Allied air power in Normandy and the Ardennes. After the invasion of Normandy, Allied troops found themselves unable to penetrate German defenses. Image: Members of 21.Panzerdivision. The young Leutnant wears a fallschirmjäger tunic with Heer eagle and panzer collar tabs applied. Photo taken by Kriegsberichter Karl Müller. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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