Amphibious invasions

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Charles Scheffel notes that had anyone else been there they would have done the same thing. There are people fighting...
In late April 1944 they were put on special alert. They were put on trucks and were taken through Southampton to an...
The men learned to pack parachutes and jump from a tower. They had to pack the first 10 parachutes they would use at...
Phoutrides took part in the Normandy invasion. He knew what was happening but couldn't understand the enormity of the...
Connick's boat [Annotator's Note: an LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel)] held roughly thirty-six men. Each boat...
After arriving in Liverpool, Lucien Laborde was sent to Swindon where he was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division. At...
Clinton Gardner learned in May 1944 that he and other officers would be sent to a special camp to learn the details of...
Arthur Jackson had been influenced by Marine pilots and wanted to fly. At the recruiting office he took the aviation...
Barfoot and the 45th Infantry Division went on up into the mountains around the 2nd of January, 1944. They moved out of...
The next morning, possibly around 3 am, Baldwin and the rest of Cannon Company were told to get ready to go ashore. To...
Edward LaPorta was a member of the 1st Armored Division. The first tanks they had overseas were riveted together. They...
Gravois had had plenty of amphibious landing training. He also had a lot of combat training in boot camp. He did a lot...
Church did not know what to expect when he surrendered. There was about 5000 troops with over 4500 backups. There were...
They shipped out in late September [Annotator's Note: September 1942] and landed in North Africa on 8 November 1942....
They left Fort Dix in October 1943. They sent their families home.They went to Europe on a liberty ship. The whole...
Lomell and the rest of the 2nd Ranger Battalion loaded the channel steamers a day or 2 before what would become D-Day [...
Aboard ship, Wahlen's platoon leader would talk to his men about what to expect when they landed [Annotator’s Note: on...
After basic training Richard Greer and the other Marines from his boot camp class went to Norfolk, Virginia where they...
Ramage was at Pearl Harbor when the Battle of Midway took place. He was not aboard ship at the time. The newspapers of...
When Crain was in the armada heading towards the beaches [Annotator's Note: during the invasion of Sicily, July 1943],...
Some of the units that formed on the east coast took the Panama canal to the west coast. When they got to San Diego...
During the invasion, Martello remembered going down the rope ladders while the waves were around 35 feet high. You had...
The 3rd Infantry Division assimilated all of its regiments into the 3rd Division's headquarters at Fort Lewis,...
[Annotator’s Note: James Carrington enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1939 and spent two years in China...
Leisey was told before he deployed that he was going to go to Officer Candidate School, yet that never developed. He...
Lazarick knew he was going to the Pacific. In March of 1944 the 96th Division was classified as an amphibious division....
The invasion at Ormoc Bay was small and consisted mainly of destroyers and rocket firing landing craft.The Laffey [...
[Annotator's Note: Arthur Jackson served in the US Marine Corps as an automatic rifleman in Company I, 3rd Battalion,...
For Henry Phillips Sicily was a cake walk. They landed in Palermo from a big transport. The Germans used aircraft...
Barfoot recalls difficult times when they landed in Southern France, he was the Platoon Leader and had been promoted to...
On 16 December 1944, the Germans started the biggest battle of offensive fighting in the world's history, the Battle of...
During the initial attack Rogers was in the bushes away from the air field and could see them fly over. That was around...
When Edward LaPorta landed in Oran all he could see was the German fortress which had two giant spotlights shining out...
Yellin had to fly the next day after he bailed out in the ocean. He notes that the P-40 was a great airplane. There was...
Joseph Hochadel and his squad started down the road and a German tank began to shell them. It was traumatic and they...
On 23 May of 1944, Baumgarten was transferred, along with Robert Palmer, to Company B to make up for the lose of men....

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