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Posted on August 26th, 2016 by:

FRITZ NILAND THE REAL “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” The 1998 Steven Spielberg movie Saving Private Ryan was loosely based on the real life story of Fritz Niland, a paratrooper who jumped into Normandy and lost his brothers […]

GERMAN SUBMACHINE GUN (MP 38 and MP 40) – FROM YANK MAGAZINE Material for this article on enemy weapons was prepared by the War Department’s Military Intelligence Service with the assistance of the Ordnance Intelligence Unit. Although […]

ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE – A VILLAGE DESTROYED BY THE NAZIS The afternoon of Saturday June 10, 1944 started out like any other in the small French village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region of France. Children were attending […]

David Beautiful Bald Eagle: Lakota Chief, Movie Star, WWII Paratrooper 1919-2016 : When David Beautiful Bald Eagle was a child he would listen to the elders on the reservation talk of the old days. His grandfathers White Bull […]

82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION GENERAL JAMES GAVIN -YANK MAGAZINE Airborne CG By Sgt. Robert Debnam YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION—Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin, the one-time private who now commands the 82nd Airborne Division, […]

ARKANSAS VETERANS RECEIVE THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR: The French government has awarded 12 World War II veterans the French Legion of Honor Medal in a ceremony in Little Rock. Beatrice Moore of Batesville, honorary consul of […]

ALLIED DRIVE TO CAEN AND ST. LO – FROM STARS AND STRIPES 30 PANZERS ARE KO’D IN YANK DRIVE British, Canadians Open New Offensive in Caen Sector: American troops fought their way yesterday into the outskirts […]

Reflections of Our Gentle Warriors – By Brad Hoopes: For over a decade, Brad Hoopes has interviewed and recorded the experiences of over 350 WWII veterans. He now has compiled 70 of these incredible experiences into […]

Russian Soldiers Surrender in Normandy-From YANK Magazine About the Russians in Normandy By Sgt. Reg. Kenny YANK Staff Correspondent NORMANDY—Two American medics, the motor of their jeep opened wide as they approached the railroad crossing near […]

25 Heroes of the 101st Airborne Division Awarded DSC’s 17, Including Division General Decorated by Bradley. 8 Sent Back From Continent Also Are Honored From Stars and Stripes WITH U.S. FORCES IN NORMANDY, July 13—The Distinguished […]


D-Day Plus 365 – From YANK Magazine

Posted on June 5th, 2016 by:

D-Day Plus 365 – From YANK Magazine By Sgt. Dewitt Gilpin YANK Staff Correspondent OMAHA BEACH, NORMANDY—Only the sun and the wind now rake the long beaches of Normandy, and kids with toy shovels play in […]

Exercise Tiger, the Allied Disaster at Slapton Sands Before D-Day: Weeks before D-Day, at a place called Slapton Sands in Devon, England, a training maneuver called Operation Tiger or Exercise Tiger was set into motion. It would […]

Joseph Balkoski’s “Beyond the Beachhead” Joseph Balkoski’s Beyond the Beachhead is a gripping historical account of the US 29th Infantry Division in Normandy. As one of the spearheading units to land on bloody Omaha Beach, the […]


Beachmaster’s Dream From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 29th, 2016 by:

Beachmaster’s Dream By Tom Bernard, Sp.(x)1c, USNR YANK Navy Correspondent Story of a Beachmaster from the 7th Naval Beach Battalion on Omaha Beach from YANK Magazine. ON THE NORMANDY BEACHHEAD—Time is too precious and men are […]

Rene Dussaq: OSS Agent, Resistance Leader, Man of Legend: All men are created but some men create themselves. So it was with Rene Alexander Dussaq. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a Cuban diplomat in 1911, […]

Frances Slanger – 1st ETO Nurse Killed in Action From Stars and Stripes By Arthur W. White Stars and Stripes Staff Writer. Just over a month ago, Frances Slanger, a nurse in a U.S. Army Field […]

26th Infantry Regiment in the Occupation of Germany The 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division was known as the “Blue Spaders” from their distinctive unit insignia. The Regiment had seen combat in Algeria, Tunisia, […]

Motion Sickness Pills Put Soldiers to Sleep on D-Day Motion sickness pills were handed out to American soldiers on the evening prior to D-Day. On June 5, 1944, Paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions […]

Ed Shames, of Band of Brothers, First Fight in Normandy. In the summer of 1942, Ed Shames saw an ad in the Virginia-Pilot: a muscular man with a parachute and a beautiful woman on each arm. […]

Easy Company 506th, Band of Brothers Actors and Heroes PART 1 Staff Sergeant James Moe Alley Trained at Toccoa and fought at Normandy and Holland. Alley was wounded in October 1944, and later went AWOL from […]

Sniper Exterminator in Normandy From YANK Magazine By Sgt. Walter Peters YANK Staff Correspondent NORMANDY-“It’s a beautiful country,” said T/Sgt. Frank Kwiatek, of Philadelphia, heavy weapons platoon leader. “Only trouble is it’s wonderful for snipers. From […]

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