Yeah, but where’s the nearest pizzeria?

 

Part of 315 FA's fire plan supporting the capture of Gourbesville. Our summer quarters highlighted in yellow.
Part of 315 FA’s fire plan supporting the capture of Gourbesville. Our summer quarters highlighted in yellow.

In case you were wondering what was going on in the vicinity of the spot where we’ve selected to camp out for a week, here is a map I’ve made from 3/357IR and 315FA’s battalion journals. The highlighted spot is Les Tourelles farm at Orglandes. It seems clearly situated on the German LOC. Judging by the lines drawn 15 June 1944, and the fact that German battalion mortars are about a kilometer from the line of contact (the ones that 315FA spotted anyway) it looks as if the enemy were already withdrawing from the sector by the time Sam Williams’s attack was launched. Also of note, this was the first time 343 and 315FA were able to get it together to fire preparation on Gourbesville center.

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