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GRAPHIC AND PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS OF D-DAY ACTION (3 of 3)

Gourbesville
"Entry To The Town" taken sometime in the 1940s resembles what men of I Company saw.
[House in the middle and statue to the right are no longer there.]
The 2nd building to left is the old school used as a German aid station.

(courtesy Vivian Roger)


After Action Report
for the Chef du Pont area seems to show the same crossroads although viewed 180 degrees off.
(courtesy Tony Rogers)


Map & Aerial Composite
modern views
highlights Douve River changes, Chef du Pont and 508th Memorial Park
(courtesy David Berry)


G.I.'s Clear DZ
in this bocage-lined Norman field

Meanwhile, Down At The Beach
G.I.'s were piling out of LCVP's (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) aka Higgins boats
(courtesy of Steve Gass)


Gliders in Tow
88th Troop Carrier Squadron C-47s haul in gliders 


Second Wave
C-47s returned with Waco gliders in tow

LZ in Normandy
is strewn with gliders, some intact, others not.  Smaller white blobs may well be abandoned parachutes indicating that these fields were the landing zone for both waves of airborne assaults.

Glider Carnage
men of the 82nd and 101st tend to injured in one of many glider wrecks that occurred in Normandy

(courtesy Rex Combs collection) 

Beachhead News
was a product of VI Corps and carried the headline "Airborne Troops Met By Sea Invaders".  The date is difficult to read but appears to be June 8, 1944

D Plus 3 AP Wire Photo appeared in an unidentified newspaper on June 9th gave graphic portrayal of Allied gains in Normandy.
(courtesy Robert Lynch estate)

 

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