Carl Schwamberger wrote: ↑
22 Dec 2020 21:41
That looks so thin. In those same months in the Pacific the Amphib landing forces (Army & Marines) were starting to learn just how fragile or vulnerable a single FOO team made the NGF response. Adding more teams and radios turned out to be only part of the response.
Yes, agreed, but just to clarify I meant that in 167 Inf Bde each assaulting bn (8 and 9 Royal Fusiliers) had a naval FOO and one LCS in support and the bde's third bn (7 Oxf Bucks) which landed as a Right Flank guard had in support three LCGs (also with one naval FOO). I'm now wondering whether there were any more naval FOOs with each bn in Normandy.
It's interesting too (well to me anyway!) that the British OH doesn't list LCS in the supporting forces available so now I'm wondering if the 169 Bde staff had the correct abbreviation in their op order.
According to the British OH (p.277), a single destroyer was also allocated to support the 167 Bde assault. Initially this was HMS LAFOREY which was damaged in a duel with "some guns" at around 0600 and was replaced by HMS LOOKOUT which remained in support for the rest of the day. The British OH also has a footnote on that page which says that:
By rule of thumb a destroyer's fire was reckoned as the equivalent of two field batteries, and the maximum range as 16,000 - 20,000 yards.
Providing heavy naval support to both 10th Corps beaches were the cruisers MAURITIUS and ORION and the monitor ROBERTS. On 9 September, however:
not much heavy support was called for, and the Mauritius fired 46 rounds, the Orion 22, and the Roberts 10.