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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 550 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

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11 July 1944, 330 IR Tank Hunting Zones

The last overlay we have for the 11th of July is a record of German tanks (and one assault gun) destroyed by infantry.  Destroying 7 tanks in one day (and one the day before) would be quite a slaughter actually.  Obviously by the 12th of July the US infantry in the 330 IR had figured something out. It will be interesting to get to the reports on this day. Many of the tanks seem to be behind what was the operating lines defined in the previous overlays for the day.  It would seem to have been a major German counter attack on the 11th?  We’ll find out.

11 July 1944, 330 IR Tanks Destroyed

11 July 1944, 330 IR Tanks Destroyed

11 July 1944, 330 IR Tank Hunting Zones

Another overlay we have to 11 July designates areas for the 1st Bn and 2nd Bn of the 330 IR.  We know it is for July 11 only because it is stapled to another overlay with that date.

11 July Tank Hunting Team Area of Responsibility for 330IR

11 July Tank Hunting Team Area of Responsibility for 330IR

11 July 1944 Mines

Here’s a second map identifying roads and trails that have been de-mined.  This one is more to the south-east of the first and is more specific to the 330 IR area.  Notice how much better the overlay fit onto the map.  Nice.

11 July Mines in 330 IR Area

11 July Mines in 330 IR Area

11 July 1944, 330 IR Positions and Objectives at 1700 and 2100

We have 2 overlays for July 11th for the 330th’s struggle to clear the Germans from the bridgehead at le Port.  I’ve left out some of the coordinate markers so I could “zoom in” closer for the PNG.  Again, orient yourself on the campaign map using Saint Andre de Bohon and le Moulin.

I assume the 1700 overlay is where the 330th started

330 Infantry Battalion, 83rd Infantry Division, 17:00 Hours, July 11, 1944

330 Bn, 1700, 11 July, 1944

 

While the 2100 overlay marks how far they got. We’ll know more once I start incorporating the data from the various reports.

330 Infantry Battalion, 83rd Infantry Division, 21:00 hours, July 11, 1944

330 Bn, 2100, 11 July, 1944

08 July 83rd ID, 331 IR Objective

This overlay obviously has more to do with the 331st IR than the 330th IR.  It shows a bit of all three 83rd ID regiments.  The 329th IR is shown being just about 1000 m south of where its 2 Bn. got badly handled on 04 July.

I, personally, can’t make much sense of what is written in the lower left corner, try as I might. Actually, there’s  lot on this overlay not making sense to me right now.  We’ll see if it gets any better once I’ve read the reports and compare it to the 08 July Morning Reports.

To help orient yourself: Tribehou is still in the lower right corner, but Sainteny is now in the middle of the map.

08 July 1944 - 83 ID Approaching Sainteny

08 July 1944 – 83 ID Approaching Sainteny