sandeepmukherjee196 wrote: ↑
17 Apr 2021 03:49
My contention is that on the afternoon of 6th, the allies on the ground were disorganized, disoriented and command & control was fragile. If a concerted, massed Panzer attack went in against the British and Canadian beaches, the chances were good for a positive outcome.
That may be your contention, but there is little to no evidence to support it. The assault brigades were disorganized to one degree or another in the morning, but by afternoon there was little disorganization, other than in one follow-up brigade on SWORD, whose command group was decapitated, causing a delay in its movement.
The much delayed attack of a single formation, 21 Pz, the weakest amongst them all, caused enough consternation.
Why do you think that the German action anticipated by the invasion planners would cause consternation? That is precisely why in the I and XXX Corps sectors, the divisional and corps AT regiments were beefed up with additional 3" and 17-pdr SP mounts and why a full armoured brigade was planned to land on D-Day over each of the British beaches.
The 21. Panzer counterattack developed as foreseen, mainly along the west bank of the Orne, and was countered by British tank and antitank forces in overwhelming strength. The Panzergrenadier probe was not countered, but it is unlikely that it would have been, given the Germans were unlikely to ever have enough divisions to deploy one per ten or fifteen miles of coastline.
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