Thursday, June 06, 2019

Ernie Pyle's D-Day Column

The noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle set foot on the Normandy beaches the day after D-Day.

The column he filed at the time, however, is a clear account of what the troops had to get through to make the landing a success. An excerpt:

Our only exits from the beach were several swales or valleys, each about one hundred yards wide. The Germans made the most of these funnel-like traps, sowing them with buried mines. They contained, also, barbed-wire entanglements with mines attached, hidden ditches, and machine guns firing from the slopes.

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