World War II

Battle of Normandy titleThe Battle of Normandy began on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Within three months Paris had been liberated and Hitler’s control of western Europe had crumbled. This project explores the sequence of events leading from the first stages of Operation Neptune, through D-Day and the Battles of the Bocage to the Liberation of Paris.

 

Humanity in War, World War II

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“… Major L.L.E. Moreton (Law Moreton) advanced alone towards the German lines …”

7 August 1944. France. “On high ground astride LA CAVERIE – VASSY Road north of Point 208 the Battalion tried to advance positions approximately 100-150 yards. The attack was made with gunner, machine gun and mortar support. The objective was not attained and over a score of casualties were suffered including Major A.M. Fyfe, Officer […]

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“… we could see that his heart was almost broken.”

20 June 1944. France. “Weather: fair and warm. The day started off dark and cloudy but has cleared up a bit and things are drying up after the awful mud of yesterday. The highlight of the morning was our first issue of rum in France. The boys claim it is the best that we have […]

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“… a café just a hundred yards off the beach is opened up …”

6 June 1944. Juno Beach in Bernières-sur-Mer, France. “0900- [Battalion Headquarters] arrive on shore, link up with [Advanced Headquarters] and proceed through the town where a temporary HQ is set up at [map reference] 992848. [Advanced Headquarters] detach themselves and set up in a house at [map reference] 994854 where they earn all rights to the […]

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“No one could refrain from laughing when they saw the [battalion] on the move.”

21 June 1944. France. “In spite of being pushed hither and yon the day had its amusing incidents. No one could refrain from laughing when they saw the [battalion] on the move. D Company moved complete with their twelve cows, several chickens, a few push carts etc. Most companies had their cows trailing behind their […]

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“… bulldozer almost removed the Officer’s Latrine in which they were ensconced.”

18 July 1944. Écarde, France. “0600- Large numbers of heavy bombers from the U.K. passed over head on their way to bomb CAEN; the prelude of the battle; The [battalion] turned out to watch the air battle which was a sight to gladden every body’s heart. The procession of aircraft continued without stop for 4 […]

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