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The Final Countdown of the Germans defeated by the VIII Corps in Brest

After the fall of Forts Montbarey and Keranroux, the enemy withdrew to its final line of defense at Recouvrance, and to the submarine base along the waterfront to the South.

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Brittany, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, Infantry, WWII, USA, Rangers, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Third Reich, U-boats, Third Reich, Unterseeboot – U-boat Wolfpack, WWII, USA, General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, WWII 5th Rangers Battalion, France, Brittany, Brest Festung German defenses, France, Brittany American Cemetery, WWII USA General Troy Houston Middleton

Kerognan guns, a defense of Festung Brest, taken by the 115th Regiment

In the northwest of Brest, precisely at the South of the cities of Guilers and Bohars, was a group of strongpoints. Built in the villages of Kerognan, Loguillo and Le Moulin du Beuzit, they formed a triangular line of defense.

Thanks to this line of defense, the Germans were able to defend the potential attacks coming from the North, West and East. Kerognan was not a Fort as such but rather an elaborate and strongly defended site with a battery of 105mm Anti-Tank guns.

The mission to take out the guns of Kerognan was assigned to Companies “E” and “G” of the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division.

The attack on Kerognan strongpoint was the beginning of the Brest campaign for the 2nd Battalion of the 115th Infantry Regiment

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Brittany, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, World War Two, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, Infantry, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, France, Brittany, Brest Festung German defenses, Silver Star recipient, France, Brittany, Brest Kerognan guns, WWII 8th Infantry Division, France, Brittany American Cemetery, Netherlands American Cemetery

The fall of Montbarey & Keranroux Forts, VIII Corps battle of Brittany

Forts Montbarey and Keranroux were built at the end of the XVIII century to make Brest an impregnable fortress reinforced by the Germans in 1940.

During the last days of the campaign of Brest the Germans used the Forts surrounding Brest as strongpoints to prevent the Americans to seize the city.  

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Brittany, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, Infantry, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), Third Reich, U-boats, WWII, RAF Bomber Command, WWII, Ninth Air Force, USAAF, France, Brittany, Brest Festung German defenses, France, Brittany, Fort Montbarey, France, Brittany, Fort Keranroux, Medal of Honor, Staff Sergeant Sherwood H. Hallman

Hill 103, first line of defense of Brest Festung (Fortress), Brittany


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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Brittany, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII, Infantry, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, France, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), Operation Cobra, France, Brittany, Brest Festung German defenses, France, Brittany, Fort Montbarey, France, Brittany, Fort Keranroux

The taking of Fort Toulbroc'h, Brittany, France by the 5th Rangers

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Brittany, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, WWII, USA, Rangers, WWII, WWII P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, France, Brittany, Fort of Toulbroc’h, WWII, USA, General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, WWII 5th Rangers Battalion, WWII, 5th Rangers Battalion, Major R. P. Sullivan

The first men on d-day were the french S.A.S.

If someone had told us that we were about to die, no one would have believed him, we were so confident, we were like supermenJack Sibard

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, France, Brittany

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