After a softening-up by air, naval and artillery assets, the advance towards Port-en-Bessin began at 1500 hours. Almost immediately the Commandos of A, B, and X Troops were engage by German machine-gunners, targeting the attackers from their rear quadrant. The enemy fire had the desired effect, causing casualties. And more importantly, leading to a delay, so the route of 47 RM Commando had to turn away from the desired direction of the attack, and deal with this local resistance. Standing between the Commandos and Port-en-Bessin was the southern strongpoint on Point 72. The strongpoint consisted of a thick belt of wire with two small gaps, a pillbox facing northeast, hardened weapon pits with an all around field-of-fire, and a trench system.
Attacker: British (Elements of X Troop, 47 RM Commando, 4th Special Service Brigade)
Defender: German (726th Grenadier Regiment, 716th Static Infantry Division)