"Sword Beach ran from Lion-sur-Mer to Ouistreham at the mouth of the Oran Canal. In most areas there were vacation homes and tourist establishments just inland from the paved promenade that ran behind the seawall" (Ambrose 549). The British 3rd Infantry Division and its supporting units, including a force of French Commandos, which served with the Scottish 1 st Commando Brigade, assaulted Sword Beach. The Commandos were to clear a way through the town of Ouistreham, very near Benouville, and then meet the members of the British 6th Airborne Division who were waiting at the Orne bridgehead. " After a massive preliminary bombardment, the heaviest on any of the beaches that day, the DD tanks were launched"