Card, Commemorative, Dead Man's Corner
Card, Commemorative, Dead Man's Corner.
Commemorative card, Dead Man's Corner, by Simon Smith, size 20 x 14 cm.
Men of the 101st Airborne launch a lightning recce across the heavily defended junction just outside the village of St. Côme-du-Mont, on 8 June 1944. To help dislodge the crack German paratroopers defending this strategically important position on the road to Carentan, the "Screaming Eagles" had called on advancing US armour but, as the first M5 Stuart appeared, it received a direct hit, killing the commander in his turret. As the battle raged on, the position became known as "the corner with the dead guy in the tank". Soon shortened to just "Dead Man's Corner", the name remains to this day.
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