Archive for the ‘D-Day’ Category

Returning to the “History of 741st Tank Battalion, for months of June and July 1944,” we pick up the action where we left off on Tuesday, with the surviving tanks of the 741st hitting bloody Omaha Beach on D-Day. “…The DD tanks which succeeded in reaching the shore immediately opened fire on the entrenched enemy [...]

I recently came across an interesting “History of the 741st Tank Battalion, for the months of June and July 1944″–typed pages stapled together and stamped “SECRET.” The 741st was attached to the Big Red One for the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach – Normandy, France. Among other weaponry the 741st employed the truly unique Sherman [...]

In going through a stack of interesting items my old pal, Hobert Winebrenner, passed along to me, I came across another item from the 90th Infantry Division’s return to Normandy, for the 35th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Please enjoy a reunion ceremony program from the Periers Parish Church.

I recently came across this interesting item. It appears to be a dinner menu from the 90th Infantry Division’s return to Normandy, marking the 35th Anniversary of D-Day. This particular celebration was obviously taking place at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. I wonder how many of those in attendance on June 6, 1979 are still with us today. Sadly, [...]

Landing Ship Tanks, better known as LSTs, revolutionized amphibious warfare.  Not only could they carry over 2,000 tons of virtually anything needed at the front, they possessed the uncanny ability to wash ashore, drop ramp and deposit this precious cargo onto an unimproved beachhead.  No port had to be secured.  No dock need be built.  [...]

In honor of the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, we continue with our D-Day theme of the week.  This edition of Letters From War Wednesday features a brief note home from American infantryman, Ed McGinley.  McGinley served with the 29th Infantry Division, which suffered staggering losses in their [...]

Commemorating D-Day’s 67th Anniversary this week, we look back at the Allied invasion of Normandy, through a soldier’s eyes. Ed Persons transferred to the 101st Airborne Division’s 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, not  liking life with the 327th Gliders.  The pressure mounted as D-Day neared. “A day or two before, they moved us all into a [...]

Today, June 6th, marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day–the Allied invasion of Normandy Beach, France during World War II.  In honor of the event, all our posts this week will be D-Day related. This Monday’s 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week features a shot of recently arrived infantrymen pouring into the French countryside.  The [...]

This Wednesday’s Letter From War comes to us from World War II.  Ed McGinley landed on Normandy’s bloody Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the 115th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. McGinley survived to fight through the hedgerows of Normandy.  He and his unit helped secure St. Lo before heading west. By the time [...]

William “Tom” Franks from Wawaka, Indiana fought in World War II with the 121st Infantry, 8th Infantry Division.   He would earn two Purple Hearts in Northern Europe–shot through the neck in Normandy and later shot in the leg in the Huertgen Forest.  Remarkably, he would survive both wounds. This April 1944 note home is [...]

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