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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: 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

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

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, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, Third Reich, Germany, Nuremberg Trial, WWII, France, Champagne, Notre-Dame-de-Reims, UNESCO World Heritage, France, King of France, France, Champagne, Reims, France, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), WWII, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), WWII, Hawker Hurricane fighter plane, WWII, Spitfire fighter plane, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), Third Reich, Luftwaffe, WWII Bombardier B-26 Martin Marauder, WWII Air Force Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, WWII P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, WWII Arthur Harris, Air Force Commanding-in-Chief, WWII, RAF Bomber Command, WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, WWII P-51 Mustang, WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane, WWII General Ira Eaker – USAAF Eighth Air Force, Third Reich Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane, WWII Consolidated B-24 Liberator, WWII, North American B-25 Mitchell, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Germany, Battle of the Ruhr, Nazi bombardier Arado Ar 234 B Blitz, WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Dakota, Nazi, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger fighter plane, Operation Wacht am Rhein, WWII Belgium Battle of the Bulge, Nazi, Germany, Obersalzberg, Eagles Nest, Nazi, Germany, Berchtesgaden, WWII, H2X radar - AN/APS-15, Nazi, Germany, 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, France, Normandy, D-Day, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII, England, Slapton Sands, World War Two, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, Operation TIGER, WWII, US Navy, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, France, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), WWII, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), WWII, Hawker Hurricane fighter plane, WWII, Spitfire fighter plane, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), Third Reich, Luftwaffe, WWII Air Force Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, WWII P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, WWII Arthur Harris, Air Force Commanding-in-Chief, WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, WWII P-51 Mustang, WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane, WWII Air Fighting Development Unit (ADFU), Third Reich Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane, WWII Consolidated B-24 Liberator, WWII, North American B-25 Mitchell, Operation Pointblank, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Germany, Battle of the Ruhr, Operation Argument, the Big Week, DSC recipient, Major Damon Gause, DSC recipient, Captain William Lloyd Osborne, Operation Chattanooga Choo-Choo, WWII, USA, Rosie the Riveters, Medal of Honor, Lieutenant Colonel Leon Vance, William the Conqueror, King of England, WWII England, Dunkeswell Airfield, WWII USA Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy, France, Pas-de-Calais, Fortress of Mimoyecques, Nazi bombardier Arado Ar 234 B Blitz, WWII, Kassel Mission bombardment, Operation Queen, Operation Steinbock the Baby Blitz, WWII Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Dakota, USA Clarkair CA-1 Bulldozer, Nazi, Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger fighter plane, Operation Wacht am Rhein, WWII Belgium 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, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII, England, Saunton Sands Beach, WWII 1st US Army Assault Training Center, WWII, England, Slapton Sands, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, Nazi, Reichsstatthalter Hermann Göring, WWII, UNESCO World Heritage, France, Champagne, Reims, France, Free French Air Forces (FAFL), WWII, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), WWII, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), WWII, Hawker Hurricane fighter plane, WWII, Spitfire fighter plane, WWII, Royal Air Force (RAF), Third Reich, Luftwaffe, WWII Bombardier B-26 Martin Marauder, WWII Air Force Blockbuster Bomb "Cookie", WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Third Reich, U-boats, Third Reich Minister Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Afrika Korps North African Campaign, WWII Merchant Ships, Third Reich, Unterseeboot – U-boat Wolfpack, WWII P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane, WWII Arthur Harris, Air Force Commanding-in-Chief, WWII, RAF Bomber Command, WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, WWII P-51 Mustang, WWII Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane, WWII Air Fighting Development Unit (ADFU), WWII General Ira Eaker – USAAF Eighth Air Force, Third Reich Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter plane, WWII Consolidated B-24 Liberator, WWII, North American B-25 Mitchell, Operation Pointblank, Operation Gomorrah, WWII, USA, Major Cortez F. Enloe, Shoah, Romania, Ploesti, WWII, Ninth Air Force, WWII Eighth Air Force, USAAF, WWII Germany, Battle of the Ruhr

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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