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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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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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22nd Infantry Regiment & USS Nevada battle for Azeville battery 105mm

While the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division was attacking Crisbecq battery on the 7th of June 1944, the 2nd Battalion was fighting to take Azeville battery.

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Operation Overlord, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, World War Two, WWII, Infantry, WWII, US Navy, WWII 4th Infantry Division, WWII 22nd Infantry Regiment, France, Normandy Azeville Battery, France, Normandy, Crisbecq Battery, France, Normandy Azeville German Battery, USS Nevada, WWII, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor

22nd Infantry Regiment battle for Crisbecq 210mm Guns near Utah Beach

By night fall on June 6th, 1944 the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division which had landed at Utah beach on D-Day, spent the night in the vicinity of Saint-Germain-de-Varreville.

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, France, Normandy, Utah Beach, Third Reich, France, Normandy, D-Day, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, WWII Atlantic Wall, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII, US Navy, WWII 4th Infantry Division, WWII 22nd Infantry Regiment, France, Normandy, Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, France, Normandy Azeville Battery, France, Normandy, Saint-Germain-de-Varreville, Movie The Longest Day, France, Normandy, Crisbecq Battery, France, Loire, Château de Fontenay

The Major of Saint Lô

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Nazi, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, Nazi, Führer Adolf Hitler, France, Normandy American Cemetery, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, WWII, Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division, Movie Saving Private Ryan, USA The Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division: seize and hold Saint Lô

 

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Topics: France, Normandy, World War 2, Third Reich, Nazi, Waffen SS, Third Reich, Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, Third Reich, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, WWII 115th Infantry Regiment, WWII 175th Infantry Regiment, WWII 29th Rangers Battalion, WWII 29th Infantry Division, WWII 116th Infantry Regiment, World War Two, WWII 1st US Army, WWII, Infantry, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Hunter Gerhardt, France, Normandy, Saint Lo, WWII, Task Force C of the 29th Infantry Division, WWII, USA, Major General Charles Harrison Corlett

The Bastard Brigade oN D-DAY OF General Cota

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