Then and Now
– Les Champs de Losque, France, 26 July 1944 –
26 July 1944
While advancing toward the town of Marigny, the men of the 9th Infantry Division also pass through the area of Les Champs de Losque.
Just south of this hamlet is a farm named “La Courmiette“.
On July 26th, 1944, Major General Manton S. Eddy arrives by jeep, sitting in the passenger’s seat. As a commander of the 9th Infantry Division, he is here to monitor the area his men are advancing on, toward Marigny.
As you can see, little has changed. The stone wall on the right disappeared as has a small extra wall next to the door on the right front.
Soon after this moment, an American First Army photographer, Corporal Alex H. Kapitanski, brings in a young German Paratrooper POW, named George Eidloth who was captured just north of Marigny. This picture was also taken at Le Coumiette, at the side of the farm along the stone wall.
As you can see, today the stone wall has disappeared and was replaced by a nice wooden fence.
There is more to come in the 9th Infantry Division in WWII Normandy Then and Now series!I n the next Then and Now we will take a closer look at the town of Marigny. I want to thank Alex Hockey for making the “now” pictures in March 2021.