At 10.30am on June 6, the tanks of the Staffordshire Yeomanry "made an almost dry landing due to the state of the tide, on the most easterly beach of the assault area
, and quickly formed the left flank of the whole operation.
Allied bombers droned toward the broad assault area
. And Admiral Kirk's creaking Western Task Force ships closed on their invasion stations, a dozen miles off the still quiet Normandy coast.
The principal tasks were to neutralize the enemy air forces, protect the landing beaches, assault convoys and subsequent operations ashore, prevent/interdict movement of enemy forces into the assault area, provide close/direct air support, and furnish air protection to the Baytown assault force.
The mission of XII ASC was to destroy enemy air strength in aerial combat, bomb Axis airfields, and disrupt communications throughout Italy to prevent enemy reinforcements from reaching the assault area. Increased night attacks were ordered to destroy enemy equipment and defense installations, provide fighter cover over the assault convoy and assault areas, and provide direct support to the ground forces.
Their mission is to surface and mark with shadowed lights, pointed seaward, the stretch of the British assault area
MacArthur sent the Marines ashore at Inchon, TF 77 and the escort carriers of Carrier Division 15 were on hand to maintain air supremacy over the assault area
, to attack enemy reinforcement efforts, and to give air support to the landing force by direct attacks and spotting for naval gunfire.
When his vessel approached the assault area
to land troops in accordance with the established plan, his Bronze Star citation reads,"...
From dawn to dusk the vast Allied fighter force maintained a vigil over our shipping and over the assault area
. This air cover was completely successful.
A previous BOCSAR report in 2001 found a strong relationship between assaults and the volume of alcohol sold in high assault areas
, as well as between property damage and offensive behaviour and higher alcohol sales' volumes.
Table I shows injury among those living in the top quartile of areas according to officially recorded assault areas (community policing districts)4 and in the top quartile of areas perceived to be plagued by fights, drunks, harassment, etc.
In general men are more likely to see their living areas as less risky (below average) than women are: two-thirds of the men in medium assault areas, and half of the men in high assault areas ' misperceive' the risk of assault as below average.
This hypothesis was investigated by identifying 18 high assault areas
and 18 low assault areas