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World War II
Prior to D-Day on April 27, 1944, "OPERATION
TIGER," an evening practice beach landing, was
conducted on the coast of Devon county in
southwest England by the U.S. 4th Division which
was scheduled to land at UTAH BEACH.
SLAPTON SANDS Beach closely resembled the
area which they would land in Normandy. German
intelligence picked up allied radio traffic, and nine
German E-Boats sailed from their base in Cherbourg
and created a large-scale disaster. LST 507 and LST
531 would be sunk; LST 289 was badly damaged, but
would make port. A total of 746 men were killed -- more then
four times the losses suffered at Utah Beach on D-DAY.
General Eisenhower wanted all bodies recovered,
especially those 10 that had been issued the
"BIGOT" maps of Utah Beach. All were recovered,
and the mission was still secure.
American Troops Going Ashore!
More Troops Go Ashore, Harbor Is Jammed!
Landing Ships Carrying More Troops!
On June 6, 1944, landing ships carrying troops of the 8th Infantry Regiment,
4th Infantry Division, move toward the coast of France. In this photo, the USS LST-73 is the closest vessel!
Photo Courtesy Of: US Army Military History Institute, Photo # 190462.
Troops Prepare To Debark!
On June 6, 1944, American assault troops "huddle together" in preparation of
hitting the beachead off the coast of France.
Photo Courtesy Of: US Army Military History Institute, Photo # 32091.
Troops Aid Survivors!
On June 6, 1944, members of an American landing party lend helping hands to soldiers
whose landing craft was sunk by enemy action, off the coast of France. These survivors
reached UTAH BEACH by using a life raft. Note: These may be survivors the the 29th FA and the LCT 458 sinking!
Photo Courtesy Of: US Army Military History Institute, Photo # 190366.
This photograph, taken on July 4, 1944, somewhere in France, shows an American artillery
barrage, as it opens fire on the enemy positions of the German opposing forces!
Photo Courtesy Of: US Army Military History Instute, Photo # 190954S.
These photo's are readily obtained on the Internet!
The remainder of our photo series are "unique", and directly
related to the 29th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II.