21.Panzerdivision (Operation Neptune)

For the first day of the Allied landings 21.Panzer-Division operated alone (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. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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