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Leonard Gerow 31 The 115th Infantry on Dartmoor, 1943 44 Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt 46 Sgt. Robert Cuff, General Gerhardt's driver 49 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt, and Air Marshal Sir Arthur W. S. Army soldier at a telephone switchboard 106 American wireman laying light W-130 telephone cable 109 2nd Lt. John J. Pollarine from the 110th Field Artillery 111 View from a Piper Cub observation airplane 113 A pre-war postcard of Omaha Beach 120 American troops landing in the first wave of Omaha Beach 127 Troops from the 137th Infantry dig in behind a Norman hedgerow 160 Members of a German "Ost" battalion captured in Normandy 171 Aerial view of Isigny, looking east 173 Two 29ers guard a captured German 183 Troops of the 175th Infantry 195 Gerhardt and "D-Day" 204 A 29er in a foxhole guards a French village, July 1944 213 A Sherman from the 747th Tank Battalion 232 Air photo of Normandy 244 A German soldier surrenders outside St.

One division had twenty-seven years of continuous history; the other had only three years of active service and something to prove. But both divisions had one thing in common: they were entirely confident of success. Page 3 American troops in England embarking for the invasion of Europe, May 1944. Courtesy Military History Institute. At the end of May, most 29ers boarded their transports in historic Plymouth harbor, where Sir Francis Drake had watched the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Pilgrims had set sail for America in the Mayflower in 1620.

43 3. Normandy. 72 4. 352nd Division, June 6, 1944. 74 5. Omaha Beach. 118 6. 29th Division, Plan of First Wave, Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. 121 7. M. 126 8. 29th Division, Landing of Second Wave, June 6, 1944. 131 9. 29th Division, Inland Penetrations, June 6, 1944. 137 10. Landing of the 115th Infantry, June 6, 1944. 144 11. Landing of the 175th Infantry, June 7, 1944. 153 12. 29th Division, June 7, 1944. 158 13. Omaha to St. Lô. 162 14. 29th Division, June 8, 1944. 166 15. 29th Division, June 9, 1944.

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