Tide of Iron: Normandy

Tide of Iron: Normandy

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Piercing the Siegfried Line
After the breakout from Normandy in late July, the 29th Infantry Division participated in the successful siege of the port city of Brest where, by September 19, the 40,000 man German garrison became casualties or prisoners of war. The 29th …

Breakout Through St. Lo
Six weeks after Dday, the 29th infantry Division was still fighting in the hedgerows of Normandy, apposed by the German 352nd Infantry Division. The vital crossroads town Saint Lo was a key objective to the breakout of Normandy. On …

Battle in the Bocage
After the American 29th Infantry Division secured a beachhead in Normal-tab), it moved inland where the same German 352nd Infantry Division that opposed it on the coast now awaited it in the infamous bocage, a series of small fields enclosed …

Bloody Omaha
The D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, was the largest sea invasion in history, but overwhelming numbers did not guarantee success. The 116th Regiment of the American 29th Infantry Division landed in the area designated “Omaha Beach” along …

Operation Goodwood
A month after the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, the Allied armies were still trying to break out of the Normandy beachhead. Operation Goodwood was conceived to shatter German defenses with a massive air bombardment prior to the ground …

Red Devils at Breville
Like their American counterparts, British airborne troops captured key objectives on D-Day June 6, I944. The British “paras ” were immediately counterattacked by. elements of the German 346th Infantry Division, a former static fortress unit upgraded…

Hide and Seek
As part of Operation Overlord, the American Ranger battalions attempted to capture gun batteries at Pointe du Hoc after making a cliff assault under enemy fire. However, upon reaching their target, they discovered their information was wrong and were…

Picking up the Pieces
During the final hours of June 5th, 1944, the British 6th Airborne Division landed behind Sword Beach to secure the eastern flank. Repelling counter-attacks, the 6th Airborne awaited relief from the forthcoming British commandos who stormed Sword…
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