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Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, Bar Nothing!

The 9th Infantry Division commanded by the Major General Manton S. Eddy came ashore on the 10th of June 1944 at Utah Beach, precisely in the sector codenamed “Tare Green”.

It’s mission? Cut the Cotentin Peninsula and capture the city of Cherbourg from the West.

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII 4th Infantry Division, France, Normandy, Crisbecq Battery, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, WWII 9th Infantry Division, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, WWII, USA, General Joseph Lawton Collins, WWII 39th Infantry Regiment, France, Normandy, Quinéville, WWII Anything, Anywhere, Anytime, Bar Nothing!, France, Normandy, Saint-Marcouf, France, Normandy, Fontenay-sur-mer, WWII 39th Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Flint, France, Cotentin Peninsula, WWII, Tank Destroyers, WWII 70th Tank Battalion

Some family fun sites in Normandy your children simply can't miss

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Golf, Food, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, Nazi, War Criminals, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, WWII Atlantic Wall, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Paratroopers, WWII, USA, Rangers, WWII, LCVP Higgins barge, WWII 4th Infantry Division, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, Movie Saving Private Ryan, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, France, Martyr town, France, Normandy, Bayeux, Movie The Longest Day, USS Nevada, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, WWII 82nd Infantry Division, WWII, USA, General Joseph Lawton Collins, France, Normandy, Notre-Dame-de-Bayeux, UNESCO World Heritage, WWII 5th Rangers Battalion, France, Normandy, Chausey Islands, Culture, Heritage, France, Normandy, Chateau de Balleroy, France, Normandy Barfleur mussels, France Alencon lace, France, Normandy, Port-en-Bessin PLUTO line, France, Normandy, Tapestry of Bayeux, Gastronomy and cuisine

The Ghost of Normandy, the most decorated soldier of US History!

In February 1979 came a call from Chief Warrant Officer Carl Hansen of the Awards Office in the Pentagon. “Colonel Urban, I have some great news for you! On digging through our great volume of files, we have located a bona fide application for the Congressional Medal of Honor sent to us by Sergeant Earl Evans!”

Sergeant Evans spent the last months of the war in a German POW captured shortly after Matt Urban final evacuation from the front… and was the one pushing the U.S. administration to recognize the valor in action of his comrade when he came back safely home. It will take him almost 35 years to accomplish this administration crusade!

Why? Once you will have read the story of Matt Urban, you will understand why one comrade did this for another comrade!

Would you have done the same?

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII Atlantic Wall, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, US Navy, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, Operation TORCH, WWII, WWII 9th Infantry Division, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, UNESCO World Heritage, WWII 82nd Airborne Division, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Third Reich, Field Marshal Johannes Rommel, Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, WWII Arthur Harris, Air Force Commanding-in-Chief, WWII, RAF Bomber Command, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Combat Medic, WWII and WWI Battlefield Medicine, WWI and WWII Medics, Operation Cobra, France, Brittany American Cemetery, Medal of Honor, Matt Urban, WWII, 1940 Selective Training and Service Act, USA, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, WWII 3rd US Army camp Néhou, Normandy, WWII 39th Infantry Regiment, WWII 47th Infantry Regiment, Spain Agent Garbo, USA, The White House, Medal of Honor recipient, Operation Husky, WWII 60th Infantry Regiment, National Archives

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

MY DAD, THE DESERT FOX, TOLD ME: MANFRED, I WILL BE DEAD BY SUNSET

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, World War Two, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, Movie The Longest Day, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, Shoah, The Final Solution, Shoah, Jews, Nazi, Gestapo, WWII, Third Reich, Luftwaffe, Third Reich, Field Marshal Johannes Rommel, Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Afrika Korps North African Campaign, WWII Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, France, Château La Roche Guyon, Operation Valkyrie, Nazi, Führerhauptquartier Wolfsschlucht II, Nazi 7th Panzer Division the Ghost Division, WWII 8th British Army, Third Reich, General Hans Speidel, France, Normandy, Sainte-Foie-de-Montgomery, Nazi Party Chancellery leader, Martin Bormann

The taking of the only deep sea harbor in Normandy, Cherbourg

B26 Martin Marauder flying above Cherbourg just after D-Day bombing of Utah beach

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII 1st US Army, WWII 4th Infantry Division, WWII 22nd Infantry Regiment, WWII 8th Infantry Regiment, WWII 12th Infantry Regiment, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, France, Vichy Regime of Marshal Petain, WWII, WWII 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, WWII 79th Infantry Division, Montebourg, France, Normandy, Cherbourg, WWII, USA, General Joseph Lawton Collins, Third Reich, General Friedrich Karl A. Dollmann, WWII Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Junior

The Schutzstaffel better known as the infamous SS

"We saved Europe from Bolshevism and Stalin. We eliminated the Jews who wanted to take control on us….. you should set up us statues”

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, France Alsace, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, Third Reich, General Heinz Guderian, Nazi 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, France, Limousin, Oradour-sur-Glane massacre, Nazi, Waffen SS Massacre, Nazi, Schutzstaffel, SS, Nazi, Reichsführer of the SS, Heinrich L. Himmler, Nazi, Sturmabteilung, SA, Nazi, Mein Kampf, Nazi, Germany, Castle of Wewelsburg, Nazi, The Night of the Long Knives, Nazi, Stabschef of the Sturmabteilung, Ernst Röhm, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, Operation Barbarossa, Shoah, Ucrania, Babi Yar ravine massacre, Shoah, Ziklon B gas - Hydrogen Cyanide, Nazi 5th SS Panzer Division Viking, Nazi 12th SS Panzer Division Hitler Jugend, Nazi, Lebensborn Aryan children project, Nazi, Operation Aktion T4 mass murders, Nazi Einsatzgruppen SS paramilitary death squads, Third Reich, Germany, Nuremberg Trial, France, Alsace and Lorraine, Against Their Will

The American Actors of D-Day

 The American-led invasion of Normandy on D-Day was a complicated affair. In this post, we explore the different branches of the American military and how they worked together to defeat Axis forces on that infamous day in history.

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, WWII 101st Airborne Division, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Neptune, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Vierville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, US Coast Guards, WWII, Infantry, WWII Paratroopers, WWII, US Navy, WWII, USA, Rangers, WWII, LCVP Higgins barge, WWII, LST Landing Ship Tanks, WWII 4th Infantry Division, WWII 22nd Infantry Regiment, France, Normandy, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, WWII 8th Infantry Regiment, WWII 12th Infantry Regiment, WWII 1st Infantry Division, WWII 16th Infantry Regiment, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious DD tank, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, WWII, USA, General Norman Daniel Cota, Movie Saving Private Ryan, France, Normandy, Carentan-les-Marais, France, Normandy Azeville Battery, Movie The Longest Day, France, Normandy, Crisbecq Battery, France, Normandy Azeville German Battery, USS Nevada, Third Reich, Wehrmacht, WWII, WWII, USA, General Joseph Lawton Collins, WWII Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Junior, WWII 82nd Airborne Division, WWII Bombardier B-26 Martin Marauder, Third Reich, Field Marshal Johannes Rommel, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Dakota, WWII Combat Medic, WWII, USA, General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, WWII 5th Rangers Battalion, France, Cotentin Peninsula, WWII, Tank Destroyers

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