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29th Field Artillery
World War II Photographs


These LCT (Landing Craft, Tank) photo's were provide by our friend,
Richard Fox. His web site is dedicated to the LCT's of WW2, and his
photo's are provided here to give the viewer some small idea of what
it was like on a LCT during WW2! He has two web sites, which I have
trouble accessing, but you may have a better computer than I do, so visit:

US LCT 376 Home Port
or the "mirror site" at
WW2 Landing Craft Tank

If you have any photo's that are related, then PLEASE feel free to contact me

Dan Fisher

Note: These are very large graphics files! Give them time to load!

World War II

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Normandy Invasion of UTAH BEACH had terrible and lasting results for the 29th Field Artillery Battalion. Many of our men from B Battery,
29th Field Artillery were killed in action, from the sinking of LCT 458, when it struck a mine and sank off the coast of Normandy. Sixty men were on board, and a total of 39 men from our battalion died as a result, and most of them were never recovered!


LCT 81 next to an LST in the Aleutians, August 15, 1943!
LCT 81

Here is a "model" of LCT 22 !
Model of LCT 22

LCT Mk5 landing at Normandy !
LCT Mk5 at Normandy

An LCT sits on the deck of an LST !
LCT On Deck Of An LST !

Diagram showing the size specifications of an LCTmk6 !
Diagram of an LCTmk6

M105 Howitzer Mounted on M7 Track Vehicle !
M7 Track w/mounted Howitzer
Photo Courtesy of Irving Smolens!

Historical note from Irving Smolens:

The 29th Field Artillery was equipped with these throughout the war in Western Europe as were the other 2 artillery battalions of the 4th Infantry Division. The only exception that I know of was with B Battery, which had burned out the rifling on 2 tubes and ordnance did not have replacements so they were issued trail drawn conventional 105s after the advance into Germany the first time. I think it must have been in September or October of 1944.

Infantry divisions are not normally equipped with M-7 105s. Because we were the assault division, it was felt that M-7s would be more maneuverable on the beaches and also that we could line them up on deck, 2 in front and 2 in back, and fire support fire onto the beach. The tracks could easily absorb the recoil whereas trail drawn guns could not be dug in on a steel deck. The 2 guns in back, firing high trajectory fire actually would fire over the heads of the 2 guns in front.

These oddities and departures from established practice are important, as it was this type of innovative thinking that set the tone for the initiative and flexibility of our combat soldiers and proved to be an important factor in our ultimate victory.

Painting of LCT 1206
LCT 1206
Painting by Paul Lem, an LCT 1206 crewmember!

A comparison of the above two graphics should provide you with some idea of the
"close quarters" our men experienced during the Invasion landing at Utah Beach!

Troops Load Into A Barge!
Troops Board Barge!
Our 29th FA troops boarded LCT's in much the same manner!


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