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

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, Brittany, Führer Adolf Hitler, Atlantic Wall, 115th Infantry Regiment, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, 1st US Army, Engineers Special Brigade, Infantry, Rangers, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, U-boats, Unterseeboot – U-boat Wolfpack, General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, 5th Rangers Battalion, Brest Festung German defenses, Brittany American Cemetery, Lieutenant 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, Brittany, Führer Adolf Hitler, Atlantic Wall, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, World War Two, Engineers Special Brigade, Infantry, Wehrmacht, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Brest Festung German defenses, Silver Star recipient, Kerognan guns, Brest, Brittany, 8th Infantry Division, 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, Brittany, Führer Adolf Hitler, Atlantic Wall, 115th Infantry Regiment, 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, Engineers Special Brigade, Infantry, Wehrmacht, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Royal Air Force (RAF), U-boats, RAF Bomber Command, Ninth Air Force, USAAF, Brest Festung German defenses, Fort Montbarey, Fort Keranroux, Brittany, Staff Sergeant Sherwood H. Hallman, MOH recipient

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


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

HITLER HAD A FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT FORGOT THE ROOF ON TOP!..1945

1945

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Nuremberg Trial, WWII, Notre-Dame-de-Reims, UNESCO World Heritage, King of France, Reims, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, Royal Air Force (RAF), Luftwaffe, B-26 Martin Marauder, Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, P-47 Thunderbolt, Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF Bomber Command, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, General Ira Eaker – USAAF Eighth Air Force, Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, Ninth Air Force, Eighth Air Force, USAAF, Battle of the Ruhr, Arado Ar 234 B Blitz, Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Dakota, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger, Operation Wacht am Rhein, Battle of the Bulge, Eagles Nest, Berchtesgaden, H2X radar - AN/APS-15, Obersalzberg

HITLER HAD A FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT FORGOT THE ROOF ON TOP!..1944

1944

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, D-Day, Führer Adolf Hitler, Omaha beach, Atlantic Wall, Slapton Sands, World War Two, Engineers Special Brigade, Operation TIGER, US Navy, Saint Lo, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, Royal Air Force (RAF), Luftwaffe, Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, P-47 Thunderbolt, Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Air Fighting Development Unit (ADFU), Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, Operation Pointblank, Ninth Air Force, Eighth Air Force, USAAF, Battle of the Ruhr, Operation Argument, the Big Week, Major Damon Gause, DSC recipient, Captain William Lloyd Osborne, DSC recipient, Operation Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Rosie the Riveters, Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance, MOH recipient, William the Conqueror, King of England, Dunkeswell Airfield, Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy, Fortress of Mimoyecques, Arado Ar 234 B Blitz, Kassel Mission, Operation Queen, Operation Steinbock the Baby Blitz, Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Dakota, Clarkair CA-1 Bulldozer, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger, Operation Wacht am Rhein, Battle of the Bulge

HITLER HAD A FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT FORGOT THE ROOF ON TOP!..1943

1943

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Topics: World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Führer Adolf Hitler, Atlantic Wall, Saunton Sands Beach, 1st US Army Assault Training Center, Slapton Sands, World War Two, 1st US Army, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Reims, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, Royal Air Force (RAF), Luftwaffe, B-26 Martin Marauder, Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U-boats, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, Afrika Korps North African Campaign, Merchant Ships, Unterseeboot – U-boat Wolfpack, P-47 Thunderbolt, Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF Bomber Command, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, P-51 Mustang, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Air Fighting Development Unit (ADFU), General Ira Eaker – USAAF Eighth Air Force, Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell, Operation Pointblank, Operation Gomorrah, Major Cortez F. Enloe, Ploesti, Romania, Ninth Air Force, Eighth Air Force, USAAF, Battle of the Ruhr

HITLER HAD A FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT FORGOT THE ROOF ON TOP!..1942

1942

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Topics: Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, D-Day, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, US Coast Guards, US Navy, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Operation TORCH, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, Battle of Britain, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, Royal Air Force (RAF), Luftwaffe, B-26 Martin Marauder, British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), Prime Minister Winston Churchill, U-boats, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, Merchant Ships, Unterseeboot – U-boat Wolfpack, P-47 Thunderbolt, Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, RAF Bomber Command, Bagotville Air Base, Canada, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Halverson Project (HALPRO), P-51 Mustang, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Air Fighting Development Unit (ADFU), General Ira Eaker – USAAF Eighth Air Force, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Luftwaffe flying ace, Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell

Forever the Cathedral of the Kings of France and Queen of all...

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Topics: World War 2, 101st Airborne Division, World War One, WWI, World War Two, Bayeux, Paris, Versailles, Amboise, Notre-Dame-de-Reims, Notre-Dame-de-Bayeux, Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg, UNESCO World Heritage, 82nd Airborne Division, Clovis, King of France, Palace of Tau, Joan of Arc, Manufacture des Gobelins, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Henri Deneux, Victor Hugo, Reims, Champagne, Villard de Honnecourt, John Rockefeller junior, Philibert Delorme, General de Gaulle, Konrad Adenauer German Chancellor

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