Percy William Andrews served in the 2nd Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire (Ox and Bucks) Light Infantry during The Second World War. He saw active service in Normandy, The Ardennes, The Rhine Crossing and the Advance to the Baltic. To read L/Cpl Andrews life story see the link below.
Advance to the Baltic
The airborne soldiers were well suited to exploit the fluid situation that occurred following the collapse of the Rhine barrier defence. Short fierce actions were fought from the tanks of the 4th Tank Battalion of the Grenadier Guards and whatever transport could be purloined.
After the Allied landings in Normandy and subsequent advance through France and Belgium, the German Army had succeeded in stalling the Allied offensive along their line of defence at the German border - the ‘Siegfried Line’.
Normandy (Operation Overlord)
The 6th Airborne Division had been formed in May 1943 for the Invasion.