Archive for the ‘Falaise Gap’ Category

Last Tuesday, we posted a question brought to us by A. Linder, regarding the city of Alencon, and also, an interesting idea, by Peter Wheeler. Tristan, a site follower from the Alencon, France area, provided some clarity. “Regarding Alençon, this is true is was an important city to the Germans. But Le Mans was more [...]

Good Monday morning! I trust we all survived one of my favorite weekends of the year–wall-to-wall basketball. Let’s take a gander at a truly unique 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Members of a tank destroyer unit have set up shop, poised and ready to repel any German armor advance. The crew includes, left [...]

I recently received the sad news that John Mateyko, former CO of Company M, 358th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division, passed away in Glenview, Illinois. Captain Mateyko took over charge of Company M following Captain Marsh’s death on Hill 122. Mateyko would prove to not only be an outstanding leader of men, but maybe even more [...]

Monday means time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Today we feature a shot from the Falaise Gap.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Today we feature a shot of Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, surveying the carnage at Chambois, France, where combined Allied forces trapped, then destroyed the German 7th Army. I’ve seen the photograph several times over the years, and [...]

In late August 1944, Allied forces wrapped up arguably the decisive battle of the Normandy campaign and one of the true routes of World War II at the Falaise Pocket, where they destroyed the German 7th Army.  The timing and engagement reminded me of another colorful character from the 90th ID. Richard “Doc” Bulger was [...]

I trust everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.  It’s Monday, and time for the 90th Infantry Division – Picture of the Week. By August 1944, the 90th Infantry Division had broken free from the Cotentin Peninsula and was racing east, toward Paris.   Near Le Mans, plans changed.  The 90th ID was rerouted north through [...]

Here we go!  Our man, Tristan, on location in France, has again offered us the opportunity to view a World War II setting, through today’s lens. On April 4, just last week, our 90th Infantry Division Picture of the Week featured a shot from Chambois, France, during the Battle for Falaise Gap. Minus the soldiers [...]

Finally, it’s over!  Being a basketball fanatic from the state of Indiana, I’ve been up til midnight the last two evenings watching the Butler men and Notre Dame women both lose.  Oh, the agony.   But, at least now I can get back to my regular routine. Hey, in keeping with the Chambois, France / Falaise [...]

Hey, I just realized that we’ve got a Falaise Gap / Chambois, France  / World War II theme running this week.  Let’s keep it going. This week’s Letters From War Wednesday is courtesy of Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight Eisenhower.  In August 1944, with combined American, British and Polish forces closing in on the retreating German [...]

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