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#26 USCapturephotos

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:34 PM

Yeah thanks GITom. I collect original WW2 armor photos and this was the first of these I have found.

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 11:24 AM

Hi

That is a super cool grouping.
Thank You for sharing.

Regards

Tom

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Posted 30 July 2019 - 11:36 AM

Thanks Tom! Im excited about the research. I wrote a letter today to a living 7th vet so hoping he can shed more light.

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:09 AM

The DD Sherman looks like it is in the Vierville area.  Most likely a 743rd Tank Battalion tank.  As I recall, 743rd supported 29th Inf. Division at that end of Omaha.

The 741st Tank Battalion supported the 1st Infantry Division and was at the other end of Omaha, by Colleville. They were out in front of WN 60, 61 (with 88), 62, etc.

 

Great album, photos, and captured material. Congratulations!

 

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for that information! Im pretty sure I owned a rare theater printed history to either the 741st or 743rd and traded it to a buddy. Ill ask him about it to see. As combat moved in land did the DD crews eventually end up with regular Shermans?
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Posted 01 August 2019 - 08:53 AM

Wow - a 741st and 743rd theater printed history!  I would be very interested in that!  Do you think your friend would make a photocopy and sell a copy?  (Please PM me with any info.)

 

Regarding your question,  you do see photos of some of the DD's with their "skirts" inland in the first few days after D-Day.  

At some point the skirts seemed to have been removed, but DD's still used.  Same for wader version with the "smoke stacks".

Maybe someone else could shed light on if/when a complete switch out was done?

 

So few of the 741st DD's and wader versions made it ashore,I imagine they received replacements pretty quickly.  The few 741st that did make it ashore played an important role. They took out the 88 at WN 61 within the first 30 minutes or so.  Imagine if that had continued to fire down Omaha beach all morning.  Two of them were guided up the slope near WN 60

and took out two PAK guns in bunkers. Very difficult mission for the tankers and made all the worse by high seas/the FUBAR of how far out to drop them form the shore, IMO.

 

Thanks,

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 09:49 AM

Thats great Paul. Thanks for your response. I cant promise you about the 741st history but Ill check with him. Its one of the small Stars and Stripes histories which I also collect. It was the only one for the 741st I had ever seen. Ill pm you later.
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Posted 05 August 2019 - 10:23 PM

Hey,

Great find and pictures. You have a part of History in your hand!!

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 07:07 AM

I'm in touch with a living veteran from the 7th and am scheduled to drive to meet him in Virginia in October. He's willing to look through my album to give me some more background info and context for the photos. I'm very excited.

Paul



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:04 AM

Hi Paul,
 
A real piece of history! Thanks for sharing ;)
 
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Posted 25 August 2019 - 06:13 AM

Thanks very much Will. I am so pleased with this album.
Paul


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