THE SHELBURN NETWORK – WHEN FRENCHES HELPED THE ALLIES

Shelburn the film

INTRODUCTION During the Second World War, several escape networks of allied pilots or secret agents are created in the European territories occupied by the Nazies. In France, one of them, the “Shelburn” Network is created in 1944 on the north coast of Brittany, near the small village of Plouha at the cove “Anse Cochat”, codename […]

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February 12, 2018

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January 29-30th 1944

OPERATION BOLERO US FORCES “Bolero” is the codename of the build-up of US Forces and equipment in Great Britain in preparation for the invasion of Europe. In progress since January 1942, only now is it producing significant results. With the allied campaigns in the Mediterranean downgraded and the U-Boat in the Atlantic largely beaten, US […]

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January 29, 2018

January 27th 1944

RECONNAISSANCE COASTS From today, all cross-Channel raiding stops. The previous summer was marked by an upsurge in commando activity, which gathered valuable intelligence on German defenses. Now that the invasion is definitely on, the priority will be to avoid drawing attention to the French coasts.   The Germans must not be given any reason to […]

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January 27, 2018

January 26th 1944

Order of Battle US Forces The US 4th Infantry Division arrives in Great Britain after a nine to ten days ocean voyage from New York where embarked their troop ship SS George Washington to Liverpool. The 4th Infantry is organized into VII Corps, US First Army, and is earmarked to be one of the assault divisions on D-DAY. 4th […]

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January 26, 2018

GARBO

The biggest double agent of the Second World War Declassified documents published Wednesday in the United Kingdom allow Juan Pujol Garcia, a Spanish double agent who mystifies Nazi Germany to be discovered in a new light by providing him with false information about the landing in Normandy. Juan Pujol Garcia, code-named “Garbo”, was one of […]

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January 13, 2018

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

Before D DAY… Nearly 65,000 to 75,000 dead, 74,000 wounded, 300,000 houses destroyed: from 13 June 1940 in Dunkirk to 15 April 1945 in Royan, Allied bombers dumped 518,000 tons of bombs on France to destroy the German military apparatus. From 1940 to 1945, France was subjected to considerable bombing by the Allied aviation. With […]

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December 20, 2017

The Atlantic Wall

The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from the United Kingdom during World War II. The manning and operation of the Atlantic Wall […]

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December 20, 2017

FORTITUDE OPERATION

MAY 1944… Before taking a foothold on the French coasts, the Allies imagined vast poisoning campaigns grouped under the name Fortitude and designed to convince the Germans of a landing in the Pas-de-Calais. Allied intelligence services flooded the Germans with false information about the place, but also the date of the D-Day. Real armies but […]

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November 12, 2017