WW2 History: Brecourt Manor Artillery Explained

At the HBO Band of Brothers 2019 Reunion in Normandy, Capt. Dale Dye (Who played Colonel Sink in the series and is also a Military Historian and Advisor) explains how basic Military Artillery works and how the German 105 Howitzers operated at Brecourt Manor on D-Day.

Discussion begins at 2:25

To see an excellent overview of the Assault on the Brecourt Manor Guns on D-Day by Lt. Dick Winters and his Fire Team, watch HERE.

 

Assaulting a Fixed Position

The Brécourt Manor Assault: Classic Small Unit Assault

 

The assault on the Brécourt Manor guns is a textbook example of frontal assault on a fixed position and is taught at West Point, as a case study. With 24 men, including reinforcements, Winters defeated approximately 60 Germans in a defensive position, killing about 20 and taking 12 prisoners, at the cost of only 6 American casualties: 4 dead and 2 wounded.

Originally, the commander of the 506th PIR put him up for the Medal of Honor, but US Army policy at the time limited the highest award to one per division: the MOH was awarded to Col. Robert G. Cole for his bayonet charge and taking the last 4 bridges on the road to Carentan.  Lt. Richard D. Winters was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

 

All War Depends Upon It…

One of my favorite characters in Band of Brothers is Captain Ronald Spiers and one of his most memorable scenes is this one where he explains to Private Blythe the Secret to Functioning as a Soldier is supposed to Function in War.

Listen Up, the application is universal.

 

Military History: 6 Rare Facts about the Battle of the Bulge

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The Battle of the Bulge was a Hail Mary pass by a führer who was quickly running out of options. Hitler desperately needed a decisive victory on either his Western or Eastern front. Remembering his series of victories after sneaking through the Ardennes forest in 1940, he went for a repeat in 1944.

On Dec. 16, 200,000 German troops and 1,000 tanks slammed into 80,000 Allied troops. Here are six things most people don’t know about what happened next.

  1. Over 1 million men were involved in the battle.

66=699-49 Pfc M.L. Dickens, East Omaha, Nebraska, Pvt Sunny Sundquist, Bremerton, Washington, Sgt Francis H. McCann, Middleton, Conn., of the 101st Airborne Division near Bastogne, Belgium, set out to rejoin their unit. Janaury 11, 1945

The fighting started with an assault by 200,000 Germans against 80,000 Allied troops. But, as Patton’s Third Army swung north to hit the German flank and other Allied units rushed to the aid of the defenders, 600,000 Allied soldiers pushed back the German force that grew to 500,000 men.

Read the Remainder at Real Clear Defense