Veterans · 17 janvier 2020
Domenico Lo TURCO, was born in Rochester , New York on the 26 of september 1920. He first entered in the Citizen's Military training Camp army at Fort Niagara, New York, under command of the 28th Infantry from July the 6th to August the 4th. Then on the 30th of July 1940 he joined the army at Madison barracks affected to Head Quarter Battery of the 5th field Artillery Battalion. When the US army started to make Airborne units he Voluntered for and because of his Artillery knowledges was...

Veterans · 17 janvier 2020
(Page under construction with courtezy of Spike Nolan daughter Carol and Grand daughter Danielle) James Spike NOLAN, Member of the "B" company, 4th British parachute battalion of the 2nd independent para brigade, part of the First Airborne Task Force division dropped in southern France between villages of La Motte, Le Mitan and Le Muy on Drop Zone "O" at 4.30 am on the 15th of August 1944. The 2nd independent para brigade, was part of the First Airborne Task Force division, the Airborne part of...

Veterans · 12 janvier 2020
Marcel Jean DOLLA est né le 16 Novembre 1914, aux Arcs dans le var. Il s'engage le 1er janvier 1943 dans l'armée secrète des Arcs sous le commandement du commandant BLANC. Chef de sixaine, il est autorisé à porter l'insigne FFI n°108 366 pour sa participation effective aux combats de la libération.

Veterans · 12 janvier 2020
Maurice LEYCURAS s'engage début 1944 dans le groupement FFI de la Motte. Son père, un grand tailleur militaire vétéran de la guerre de 1914/1918, fabriquera la matrice des brassards la veille du 15 Août 1944. Ces brassards seront la seule identification qui les différenciera des civils français, afin d'être plus facilement reconnaissable par les troupes alliées.

Veterans · 12 janvier 2020
Robert Jean LATIL est né le 7 octobre 1924 à La Motte, Var. Il s'engage début 1944 dans le groupement FFI de la Motte sous les ordres de André BAUCHIERE. Porteur de l'insigne FFI n°108 783 en tant que soldat au sein du Comité Français de Libération du var, pour sa participation effective aux combats de la libération. De la classe 1944, il est reconnu comme classe non appellée par le conseil de révision du 30 juin 1945, car ayant satisfait à ses obligations militaires d'activité...

Veterans · 12 janvier 2020
Marceau Félix Joseph COLMENAR est né le 1er Mai 1922, à La Motte ( var ) . Il servira sous les drapeaux pendant la guerre de 1939/1940, dans la marine nationale. A l'armistice du général Pétain il retournera dans son village natal et reprendra son travail d'avant guerre en tant que manœuvre pour son oncle Émile BROCCHI en maçonnerie. Fin mars 1943, il est envoyé au STO en Allemagne, à Radeberg plus précisément dans la région de Dresde. Il rentrera dans ses foyers le 29 décembre...

In Memoriam · 08 janvier 2020
Shortly after landing, he died in terrible circumstances at the three-well electricity pylon, on the heights of Les Arcs, near the hamlet of Nouradons, following the orders of his officer who thought he would cut a telephone line. Daniel Fisher will be electrocuted instantly. His charred body will be left behind by his comrades before he is buried in the Draguignan cemetery. Buried : Plot D Row 6 Grave 20, Rhone American Cemetary, Draguignan, France

In Memoriam · 07 janvier 2020
On this morning of 7 January 1945, the men of the 551st parachute battalion were next charged with taking the village of Rochelinval, Belgium, along the Salm River. While victorious in capturing Rochelinval and eliminating the last German bridgehead for over 10 miles (16 km) on the Salm River, the unit was virtually eliminated, having suffered more than 85% casualties. Relieved on 9 January 1945, of the 643 men who entered the battle on 3 January, only 14 Officers and 96 men remained. "Nowhere...

Veterans · 17 décembre 2019
John Henry De Beer, a South African seconded to the British Army, joined the Ist Indep Para Platoon, the pathfinder unit of 2nd Indep Para Bde in Italy in the beginning of 1945 as one of its last batch of reinforcements. When the Platoon disbanded in UK in the late summer of 1945, he joined its parent unit, 21st Indep Para Coy, with which he served in Palestine until his secondment ceased on 29 Dec 45. He was released from service with South African forces on Ist May 46. It is not known which...

Veterans · 17 décembre 2019
Dumbo, a nickname he acquired during parachute training and by which he was universally known (or “Cowboy”) was born on 29" January, 1918, in York and was educated at Cranleigh College. He was orphaned in 1931 and three years later at the age of 16 years he emigrated to Australia, where he spent an adventurous and tough five years, working hard as a drover (cowboy), Rodeo performer, horse-breaker and you name it what else. When war broke out in 1939 he returned to England and, after being...

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