Sunken LSTs Found

SLAPTON SANDS DISCOVERY By Stephen T. Powers The Massachusetts company Hydroid announced on 28 April that one of its underwater robotic vehicles had located the wrecks off Slapton Sands, Devon, of the two American LSTs (Nos. 507 and 531) that were sunk in April of 1944 during Operation Tiger. Tiger was the third of four training exercise for the upcoming D-Day assault on the Normandy beaches (Operation Neptune). German high-speed attack craft, Schnellboote, known to the Allies as E-boats, attacked a column of LSTs during the night of 28 April…

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The Price of Victory

The Price of Victory By Stephen T. Powers Although universally portrayed as essential and victorious, the D-Day assault on the Normandy coast was not with enormous material and human costs, and it would be an injustice merely to gloss over them. Bombing and the fighting that took place within their bounds heavily damaged a great many Norman cities and towns, most notably Caen and St. Lô. It took at least 20 years to erase the physical scars left by the contending armies, so that today that destruction is virtually invisible…

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Wild Bill Guarnere Interview

Bill Guarnere, who passed away last month, was a colorful character and a true American hero. Guarnere, along with other Easy Company members, parachuted into Normandy on 6 June 1944. He and his unit were portrayed in the HBO series “Band of Brothers.” This is an interview with Bill from 2006 in Recon Magazine. BAND OF BROTHERS HERO WILD BILD GUARNERE By Mike Van Buren The 101st Airborne Division was one of the most celebrated units of World War II. No unit exemplified the elite paratrooper attitude better than Easy…

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