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HITLERíS SEA WALL IS BREACHED, INVADERS FIGHTING WAY INLAND; NEW ALLIED LANDINGS ARE MADE (6/7/44)
Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 6/7/44 | Drew Middleton, Raymond Daniell, Lawrence Resner, Desmond Tighe, Harold Denny, Frederick Graham

Posted on 06/07/2014 5:43:30 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: milhist; realtime; worldwarii
Free Republic University, Department of History presents World War II Plus 70 Years: Seminar and Discussion Forum
First session: September 1, 2009. Last date to add: September 2, 2015.
Reading assignment: New York Times articles and the occasional radio broadcast delivered daily to students on the 70th anniversary of original publication date. (Previously posted articles can be found by searching on keyword “realtime” Or view Homer’s posting history .)
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1 posted on 06/07/2014 5:43:30 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Selections from West Point Atlas for the Second World War
Normandy, 1944: The Invasion and Operations, 6-12 June 1944
The Western Pacific, New Guinea and the Philippine Islands: Allied Advances to the Marianas, Biak and Noemfoor, 22 April-24 July 1944, and Japanese Kon and “A” Go Operations 30 May-19 June 1944
Northern Italy 1944: Allied Advance to Gothic Line, 5 June-25 August and Gains 29 August-31 December
China, 1941: Operation Ichigo, April-December 1944 and Situation 31 December
China-Burma, 1941: Third Burma Campaign – Slim’s Offensive, June 1944-March 1945
2 posted on 06/07/2014 5:43:59 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
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The Nimitz Graybook

3 posted on 06/07/2014 5:44:32 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
Continued from yesterday.

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Winston S. Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy

4 posted on 06/07/2014 5:45:09 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: r9etb; PzLdr; dfwgator; Paisan; From many - one.; rockinqsranch; 2banana; henkster; meandog; ...
All Landings Win (Middleton) – 2-4
Landing Puts End to 4-Year Hiatus (Daniell) – 4-5
Roosevelt and Churchill Pleased by Invasion Gains – 5-6
Churchill’s Report in Commons – 7-8
Country in Prayer (by Lawrence Resner, first-time contributor) – 8
“Let Our Hearts Be Stout” – 9
King George Calls Empire to Prayer – 9
Invaders Rush Up Norman Shore in Storm of Steel from Sea and Air (by Desmond Tighe, first-time contributor) – 10
Planes Blast Out Paths for Assault (Denny) – 10-11
Chutists Disrupt Enemy Rear Lines (Graham) – 11
600 Ships Drilled Shells into Coast – 11-12
Eisenhower Gave Signal in Trailer – 12
Weather Outlook in Channel is Uncertain; Invasion Postponed a Day because of Storms – 12
Impatient Britons ‘Glad to Get Going’ – 12-13
Germans Predict Further Landings – 13
Just before the Channel Crossing: Ships and Men Ready for the Great Adventure (photos) – 14-16
Invasion Armadas: By Sea and Air the Allied Forces Move toward the Coast of France (photos) – 17-19
Invasion and Other War News Summarized – 19
Eisenhower Visits Paratroopers before Take-Off for the Invasion (page 1 photo) – 20
Italian Drive Gains on 70-Mile Front – 21
Turks Hear Report of Landing in Greece – 21
Gestapo Operated Quarters in Rome (by A.C. Sedgwick) – 22
Russians Poised to Attack in East; Moscow Joyous on ‘Second Front’ (by Ralph Parker) – 22-23
‘Forts’ Rock Galati from Soviet Bases (by W.H. Lawrence) – 23
Allies Cut Up Foe around Myitkyina (by Brooks Atkinson) – 23
Certainty in Five Weeks (by Arthur Krock) – 25
Air Power and the War (by Alexander P. de Seversky) – 25
The Texts of the Day’s Communiques on the Fighting in Various War Zones – 26-27
Editorials – 28-30
War Fund May Aid Italy Relief Group – 30
5 posted on 06/07/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

http://www.onwar.com/chrono/1944/jun44/07jun44.htm#

Germans concentrate near Caen
Wednesday, June 7, 1944 www.onwar.com

On the Western Front... Allied forces attempt to link up the beachheads. Gold and Juno beach are already joined. Elements of US 7th Corps, on Utah beach, attempts to link up with the paratroops of 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and advances toward Carentan and Montebourg. The US 5th Corps, on Omaha, advances toward Isigny and Bayeux. Elements of the British 30th Corps cut the Caen-Bayeux road. The 50th Division captures Bayeux. Meanwhile, German reserves are concentrating on the right flank of the invasion against the British forces threatening Caen.

In Italy... Elements of US 5th Army capture Bacciano and Civitavecchia. The port facilities are serviceable. Elements of British 8th Army advance as well. Subiaco is taken. The South African 6th Armored Division captures Civita Castellana and advances to Orvieto.

In New Guinea... On Biak Island, elements of US 41st Division capture Mokmer Airfield. Japanese resistance continues.


6 posted on 06/07/2014 5:47:15 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

http://www.etherit.co.uk/month/thismonth/07.htm

June 7th, 1944 (WEDNESDAY)
The Normandy Landings:

UNITED KINGDOM: London: Increased air bombardment of German fuel installations is ordered, following the interception of messages revealing a serious shortage of aviation fuel.

Britain: Millions of men waited and trained for yesterday, turning Britain into an international barracks while the D-Day invasion force was prepared. The culture shock for many British communities was intense, and nowhere more so than where the American servicemen were based. New dances, new fashions, new words and new foods (if chewing-gum can be so classified) have entered British life just as surely as many local girls will leave as “GI brides”. Not everybody welcomed the brash newcomers, and one area of contention was the racial discrimination within US forces. Attempts by the US authorities to confine black troops to certain bars or pubs, for instance, were resisted and led to clashes between Americans in which some were killed.

ITALY: American forces capture Bracciano, Civitavecchia and Civita Castellana.

Squadron Leader Neville Duke while flying a Spitfire VIII on a low-level strafing operation is hit by anti-aircraft fire. He attempts to bale out but his harness snags on the open cockpit. Hi kicks violently to free his parachute before pulling the ripcord and lands in the middle of lake seconds later, where he nearly loses his life again as his parachute drags him through the water. Italian partisans rescue him and give him shelter until the arrival of US troops. (Scott Peterson)

The USAAF’s Fifteenth Air Force in Italy reaches its planned operational strength of 21 heavy bomber groups and seven fighter groups. In Italy, 340 B-17s and B-24s, some with fighter cover, hit Leghorn dock and harbor installations, Volri shipyards, Savona railroad junction, and Vado Ligure marshalling yard; 42 P-38s bomb the Recco viaduct and 32 P-47s fly an uneventful sweep over the Fenara-Bologna area. In France, the Antheor viaduct and Var River bridge are hit.

BURMA: Sgt Hanson Victor Turner (b.1910), West Yorkshire Regt., led his men in holding a difficult position. He later carried out six lone sorties, on the last of which he was killed. (Victoria Cross)

NEW GUINEA: Mokmer Air Field on Biak Island is captured.

PACIFIC OCEAN:

CINCPAC PRESS RELEASE NO. 435, Guam Island was bombed by Seventh Army Air Force Liberators and Liberator search planes of Fleet Air Wing Two during daylight on June 5 (West Longitude Date).

Antiaircraft fire ranged from moderate to intense. Our force was not attacked by enemy aircraft. All of our planes returned.

Nauru Island was bombed on June 5 by Mitchell bombers of the Seventh Army Air Force and Ventura search planes of Fleet Air Wing Two. The barracks area, phosphate plant, and gun positions were principal targets.

Ponape Island was attacked by Seventh Army Air Force Mitchells on June 5. Antiaircraft fire was meager.

On June 4 Mille Atoll in the Marshalls was attacked by Dauntless dive bombers and Corsair fighters of the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing.

Runways were principal targets. Light calibre antiaircraft fire was intense.

A search plane of Fleet Air Wing Two sighted a group of small enemy cargo ships proceeding northwest of Truk on June 5, and attacked and damaged one of the vessels. Another search plane shot down an enemy torpedo bomber west of Truk on June 5 (Denis Peck)

ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-970 (Type VIIC) Sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Bordeaux, in position 45.15N, 04.10W, by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn. 228/R). 38 dead, 14 survivors.

U-955 (Type VIIC) Sunk on in the Bay of Biscay north of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45.13N, 08.30W by depth charges from a British Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 201/S). 50 dead (all crew lost) (Alex Gordon)

HMCS Saskatchewan, a River-class destroyer, LCdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR, CO, was attacked by U-984, OltzS. Heinz Sieder, Knight’s Cross, CO. A Gnat acoustic-homing torpedo was exploded by Saskatchewan’s ‘CAT’ gear. There was no further contact after the attack.


7 posted on 06/07/2014 5:48:23 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; Seizethecarp; Tax-chick
Here's some color footage some of which was taken aboard HMS Belfast which is where Winston Churchill hoped to be on D-Day:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10861960/World-War-Two-as-you-have-never-seen-it-extremely-rare-colour-footage-of-D-Day-invasion-released.html

8 posted on 06/07/2014 6:27:00 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
The Guardian has a pretty neat interactive display of D-Day landing scenes in 1944 and pretty much the exact location today.

Just click the image to toggle between 1944 and 2014.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/ng-interactive/2014/jun/01/d-day-landings-scenes-in-1944-and-now-interactive

9 posted on 06/07/2014 6:32:04 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Page 9 has “a prayer written by the president of the United States” which was shared with the country via a radio address.

Poignant.


10 posted on 06/07/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson
I just read the lead editorial on page 28, "Let Us Pray," for the first time.

Then I double checked the front page to be sure it was the N.Y. Times.

11 posted on 06/07/2014 7:34:43 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: fso301

Thanks for the ping!


12 posted on 06/07/2014 7:35:44 AM PDT by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

The Mulberry Harbor’s were an engineering feat of the day. Assembled in England, they were towed across the channel and installed within days.

http://www.owensarchive.com/world-war-ii-9/d-day-11/mulberry-harbour-294/


13 posted on 06/07/2014 8:00:07 AM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

Thanks for all the work you do.


14 posted on 06/07/2014 8:24:14 AM PDT by Steel Shoe
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

LOL.


15 posted on 06/07/2014 8:27:41 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Walrus

Kind of odd seeing the word ‘’prayer’’ on the front page of The New York Times. How things have changed. God bless those guys who landed on those beaches. They went through hell and but they saved the world.


16 posted on 06/07/2014 5:17:07 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: jmacusa
Kind of odd seeing the word ‘’prayer’’ on the front page of The New York Times. How things have changed.

My first thought as well. Today, they would be calling out the HazMat squad if they word were even uttered in the building. ;~((

17 posted on 06/07/2014 7:22:23 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; henkster

These last days have been amazing. I listened to radio broadcasts as I did weekend chores. I teared up more than once. It must have been even more emotional for the Brits, who have been at war since 1939, too much of that time alone.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 5:57:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: fso301; Homer_J_Simpson; henkster

Thanks for that post. Mile after mile of LST’s, the workhorse of the invastion, disgorging troops and cargo. The logistics challenge was immense, not just to get an army of a quarter million to Normandy, but keep an ever increasing force supplied with ammo, POL, and food. To accomplish that across a sea to a hostile shore was a task I doubt any other nation in the world at that time could have accomplished.


19 posted on 06/08/2014 6:32:40 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker; fso301; Homer_J_Simpson

The Allies knew the logistics were an issue; so did the Germans. The German strategy was to deprive the Allies of a serviceable port. Brest and Cherbourg were captured after hard fighting, and the Germans thoroughly destroyed the port facilities. Most other ports were garrisoned and held out through May 1945. The Allied temporary solution was the Mulberry, although only one survived the June storm.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 6:54:57 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: henkster; fso301; Homer_J_Simpson
Logistics will be a problem until Antwerp is secured. The Red Ball Express is a great story, but was not a long term solution.

Of course, once we had supplies coming through Antwerp, Hitler made that the objective in the Bulge offensive.

21 posted on 06/09/2014 4:17:33 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker; CougarGA7
The Red Ball Express is a great story, but was not a long term solution.

You remind me that a distinguished freeper scholar one wrote a review of that story. It can be found on our general discussion thread, reply #73.

"The Road to Victory," a review by CougarGA7

22 posted on 06/09/2014 4:44:15 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: Homer_J_Simpson; CougarGA7
Thanks for the link! The Red Ball Express was quite an achievement, moving supplies 24/7. It was an accomplishment the mostly black soldiers, who were generally not allowed in front line units, could be quite proud of.

Third Army's slow down of its advance near the German border in the fall of 1944 was basically the time when the Express was extended about as far as it could go.

23 posted on 06/09/2014 5:22:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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