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VOUILLY, France—Some of the biggest names in journalism camped out in tents in front of a medieval chateau while covering the epic battles of the 1944 Normandy campaign. In the weeks following the D-Day invasion, a chateau in Vouilly was the scene of the First Army’s U.S. press camp.  Famous names lived in tents in front of the chateau while...
2nd in the Series... IV   After baulking at American proposals for eighteen months, serious planning for a cross-Channel attack began in December of 1943, after the Tehran Conference, during which Roosevelt and Churchill assured Soviet Secretary Joseph Stalin that it would jump off in the spring of 1944.  In March1943, the Imperial General Staff had established a command in London under...
ANGOVILLE-AU-PLAIN, France—An off-the-beaten-path medieval church was the scene of unbelievable heroism on a week in 1944 full of valor. At the Romanesque church at Angoville-au-Plain, one of the oldest in Normandy, and in few guidebooks, two 101st Airborne Division medics, Kenneth Moore and Robert Wright, saved the lives of many paratroopers in the church during the night of June 6,...
VIERVILLE-SUR-MER, France—The top officer in the National Guard, and one of the oldest survivors of the D-Day landings, commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings at the National Guard Memorial on Omaha Beach here. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the United States needed its allies in order to win as “no nation can...
Photos by Regina DeCoster VIERVILLE-SUR-MER, France—The horror of war created a friendship for two families that has survived after more than 75 years.     To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, Houston businessman Jim Trippon, 57, spent several days last week at Chateau Vierville, an ancient...
Sad quote: [T]he UNESCO committee responsible for reviewing such applications decided last year to take a step back and figure out how to deal with what it calls “sites associated with memories of recent conflicts.” A meeting on the matter is scheduled for next year.
Remembering OMAHA BEACH after 75 years I On June 6 this year we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Western Allies’ assault on Adolf Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, the steel and concrete band of fortifications running along Europe’s Atlantic coastline from the Pyrenees north to the Netherlands, a barrier that he hoped would protect the...
This video, taken during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2014, shows the thickness of the hedgerows in Normandy. These are near Utah Beach, where the 101st, 82nd, 4th and 90th divisions landing or parachuted in to. You can't see through them...a machine gun or anti-tank gun would be hiding and...
Military History Travel Hit the link above to see the historic moment, 0620, that the 29th Infantry Division hit Omaha Beach. Video was taken on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2014.
D-Day Overlord There have been more restrictions on motor vehicle traffic for the 75th anniversary of D-Day events in Normandy, France. Particularly restrictive are the areas in and out of the American Military Cemetery near Omaha Beach, where many heads of state will be attending on June 6, 2019.
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