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Operation Cobra and the Breakthrough at St. L6, 25–31 July 1944

William C. Sylvan and Francis G. Smith

in Normandy to Victory

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780813125251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.003.0003
Operation Cobra and the Breakthrough at St. L6, 25–31 July 1944

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This chapter reports that at 0936 on July 25, 1944, the first of nine groups of four P-47s each approached the target from over St Lô and whipped down through a clear sky to plaster the road and the ground just south of it. It further reports that not a moment too soon, the sky was filled with the weary, ear-filling drone of B-24s where AA fire came up to meet them. The chapter notes that on July 26, the radio announced the death of General McNair due to “enemy fire” in Normandy. It accounts advances by the 8th Div to the La Feuillie–Peters, the 2nd Armored to the south with three columns—left within 2000 yards of Tessy sur Vire, the 30th Div to the south along the west bank of the Vire to secure the Corps' left flank.

Keywords: St Lô; death; General McNair; enemy fire; Normandy; 8th Div; La Feuille–Peters; 2nd Armored; Tessy sur Vire; 30th Div

Chapter.  5419 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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