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Found this useful piece and thought I'd share it. Taught me a number of things I didn't know about this tiny CM level engagement that shut down punishing fire on the beachhead and yielded a true intelligence windfall.

https://www.wwiidogtags.com/ww2-history/assault-on-brecourt-manor/

Regards,

John Kettler

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Bulletpoint,

The Wiki is worth the read and was referred to me by brother George, who notes the 10.5s were actually not the typical types but special mountain howitzers which used, in some cases, ammo not compatible with the standard type. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brécourt_Manor_Assault

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/10.5_cm_Gebirgshaubitze_40

Judging from the Catalogue of Enemy Ordnance, if armor attacked, the gunners weren't going to wait until the tanks got close, for the range drum for that projectile extended to 1500 meters.

http://www.lonesentry.com/ordnance/10-5-cm-geb-h-40-mountain-howitzer.html

Regards,

John Kettler

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I meant more that the version that goes around says the assault took 10-15 minutes, where this source now says 2-3 hours. Also, the 60 German soldiers in trenches are now just an artillery position huddled along a hedgerow to escape air detection.

Not doubting that the assault was well conducted, but it doesn't seem like the hero story it's made up to be.

@Paper Tiger made a nice little scenario about this action, based on the "15 minutes trench assault" version.

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