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By Jacques Lusseyran

While Jacques Lusseyran was once an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was once blinded in an twist of fate. He accomplished his education made up our minds to take part on this planet round him. In 1941, whilst he was once seventeen, that global used to be Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran shaped a resistance team with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the easiest. ultimately, Lusseyran was once arrested and despatched to the Buchenwald focus camp in a shipping of 2 thousand resistance warring parties. He used to be certainly one of in basic terms thirty from the delivery to outlive. His gripping tale is among the strongest and insightful descriptions of residing and thriving with blindness, or certainly any problem, ever published.

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The first attack towards the railroad bridge was quickly stopped in a hail of fire. Neville sent the infantry and paratroopers over the massive railroad embankment while the tanks tried to access the approach through a tunnel. The two lead tanks were quickly knocked out, and the infantry was forced to withdraw to a small church in the area. Column A was led by Lt. Col. Edward Goulburn and included about 30 Sherman tanks of the 2nd Grenadier Guards, a mounted infantry company from the 1 Grenadier Guards and the rest of Lt.

One of the two 20mm guns had already been disabled and they knocked out the other with a Gammon grenade. As Allied artillery fire was still striking, they withdrew from the fort after having forced the garrison into the central keep. Tucker orders artillery to stop firing on fort at 1608hrs. 9 A small group from 2nd Platoon, Co. H, reaches the railroad embankment around 1600hrs and come under heavy machine-gun fire as well as sporadic gun fire from a pair of assault guns in the Lent area to the east.

Lw. (Luftwaffe Ground Combat School) under Oberst Günther Hartung to take charge of the various training, reserve, and security units in the city. The core of the defense was Kampfgruppe Henke, led by Oberst Fritz Henke, commander of Fallschirmjager-Lehr-Regiment 1. Rgt. HG including its Unteroffiziers-Lehr Kp 29 along with replacement troops from Ersatz-Bataillon 6 from Wehrkreis VI. The city had a variety of police and security units that were gradually incorporated into the defenses. In the days before the landing, they were reinforced with about 300 walkingwounded from the convalescent hospital in town.

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