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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

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

The Bastard Brigade oN D-DAY OF General Cota

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Topics: World War 2, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, France, Normandy, Vierville-sur-Mer, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, US Coast Guards, WWII, Infantry, WWII, US Navy, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious DD tank, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank, USA, West Point military academy, WWII 146th Special Underwater Demolition Battalion, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, WWII, USA, General Norman Daniel Cota, WWII, USA, The Bastard Brigade, USS Charles Carroll (APA-28)

D-DAY CHALLENGE OF THE DUPLEX DRIVE AMPHIBIOUS TANK (DD TANK)

Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank D-Day Challenge  - Omaha Beach

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, France, Normandy, Vierville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 1st US Army Assault Training Center, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, US Coast Guards, WWII, Infantry, WWII, US Navy, WWII, LST Landing Ship Tanks, WWII 1st Infantry Division, WWII 16th Infantry Regiment, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious DD tank, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank

Duplex Drive Amphibious Tanks on Omaha Beach

 

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Topics: France, Normandy, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, France, Normandy, Vierville-sur-Mer, France, Normandy, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, Infantry, WWII, LST Landing Ship Tanks, WWII 1st Infantry Division, WWII 16th Infantry Regiment, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious DD tank, WWII Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank

1st US Army Assault Training Center and Slapton sands

From the D-Day landing on the 6th of June 1944 to the Victory in Europe signed on the 7th of May 1945 in Reims (France), many of our NOK (Next of Kin) sacrificed their lives so we could continue to live in a free world.

Lest we forget...

We all know what the Allied Forces had to accomplish to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny. But have you ever asked yourself how did these soldiers prepare themselves to go to battle? Where did they train? What kind of training did they receive? Which unit was trained and why?

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Topics: World War 2, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, WWII 101st Airborne Division, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, France, Normandy, Omaha beach, France, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII, England, Saunton Sands Beach, Operation FABIUS-1, WWII 1st US Army Assault Training Center, WWII, England, Slapton Sands, World War Two, WWII England, Croyde Cliffs, WWII 1st US Army, WWII Engineers Special Brigade, WWII, US Coast Guards, WWII, Infantry, WWII Paratroopers, Operation TIGER, WWII, England, Woolacombe Beach, WWII, US Navy, WWII, USA, Rangers, WWII, LCVP Higgins barge, WWII, LST Landing Ship Tanks

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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