Military Operations in Western Europe

Military Operations in Western Europe (HM1QP5)

Location: Luxembourg, Luxembourg Luxembourg
Country: Luxembourg

N 49° 36.734', E 6° 11.106'

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6 June 1944—8 May 1945

On 6 June 1944, preceded by airborne units and covered by naval and air bombardment, United States and British Commonwealth forces landed on the coast of Normandy. Pushing southward they established a beachhead some 20 miles in depth. On 25 July, in the wake of paralyzing air bombardment, the U.S. First Army broke out of the beachhead and was soon joined by the U.S. Third Army. Together they repulsed a powerful counterattack towards Avranches. Crushed between the Americans on the south and west and the British on the north, attacked continuously by the U.S. Eighth and Ninth Air Forces and the Royal Air Force the enemy retreated across the Seine.
Sustained by the herculean achievements of Army and Navy supply personnel, the Allied Armies and Air Forces pursued vigorously. By mid-September the U.S. Ninth Army had liberated Brest; the First Army was standing on the threshold of Germany, the Third Army had reached the Moselle and had joined the U.S. Seventh and French First Armies advancing northward from the Mediterranean. Progress in the next three months was slow, the fighting bitter. Metz fell as the Third Army moved into the Saar.
The enemy launched, in the Ardennes, his final major counter-offensive on 16 December 1944. Prompt tactical counter-measures and the superb fighting qualities of American soldiers and airmen halted this drive. During February and March the West Bank of the Rhine was cleared. In rapid succession American Forces seized a bridge at Remagen, crossed at Oppenheim, then joined the British in the major assault north of the Ruhr. Sweeping across Germany the allies met the advancing troops of the USSR to force the completed surrender of the enemy on 8 May 1945, 337 days after the initial landings in France.
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HM NumberHM1QP5
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Placed ByAmerican Battle Monument Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 9:02am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 703340 N 5499324
Decimal Degrees49.61223333, 6.18510000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 36.734', E 6° 11.106'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 36' 44.04" N, 6° 11' 6.36" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Val du Scheid, Luxembourg Luxembourg , LU
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