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Normandy to VictoryThe War Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army$
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John T. Greenwood

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125251

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125251.001.0001

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

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

(p.64) (p.65) Chapter 2 Operation Cobra and the Breakthrough at St. L6, 25–31 July 1944
Normandy to Victory

William C. Sylvan

Francis G. Smith

University Press of Kentucky

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

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