Operation Cobra: How the 82nd Recon Battalion Led the Charge From Normandy

Watching over the reconnaissance scouts were a number of nimble but completely unarmed spotter aircraft flown by pilots assigned to the 2nd Armored Division Artillery. Flying out ahead of the armored column, these “Maytag Messerschmitts” (one nickname for the lightweight liaison planes) could both provide early warning to ground commanders and request immediate close air support in the form of P-47 Thunderbolts from U.S. IX Tactical Fighter Command. Air liaison officers riding with the 82nd Recon were also in contact with these flights of fighter-bombers, standing by to destroy the deadliest targets.

Traffic congestion, made worse by heavily cratered roadways, initially slowed the attack force’s progress. Once past Canisy, though, the column picked up speed. The first objective: Quibou, one and a half miles distant.

Just outside that tiny hamlet, Company A encountered the Panzer Lehr Division. Here, 16-year-old radioman Private William A. “Chicken” Nawrocki’s jeep took a wrong turn

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Sensex rallies 593 pts; financial, auto stocks take charge

Mumbai, Sep 28 (PTI) Equity benchmark Sensex rallied 593 points on Monday, driven by intense buying in mainly financial and auto stocks amid strong cues from global markets.

The 30-share BSE Sensex settled 592.97 points or 1.59 per cent higher at 37,981.63, while the NSE Nifty surged 177.30 points or 1.60 per cent to 11,227.55.

In the Sensex pack, IndusInd Bank was the top gainer, soaring around 8 per cent, followed by Bajaj Finance, Axis Bank, PowerGrid, ONGC, ICICI Bank, Sun Pharma and M&M.

On the other hand, HUL, Infosys and Nestle ended in the red.

‘Key Indices ended high as bulls led the charge backed by financials and well supported by auto and pharma stocks,’ said S Ranganathan, Head of Research at LKP Securities.

According to traders, domestic equities traded on a positive note tracking strong buying sentiment in global equities ahead of the first US presidential debate.


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Electrified by Tesla, Chinese startups are on the charge

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s electric vehicle startups are on the charge again, thanks to Tesla.

An Aiways U5 electric car is displayed at a company store in Shanghai, China September 22, 2020. Picture taken September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

The country’s growing fascination with the U.S. pioneer’s sleek designs and cutting-edge technology is giving a string of second-wave home-grown Tesla wannabes the traction to raise more funding, expand production and boost sales.

Chinese EV startups NIO, XPeng Inc, Li Auto and WM Motor have raised more than $8 billion between them this year and now rival Aiways is planning to go public, its co-founder and President Fu Qiang told Reuters.

Speaking ahead of the Beijing auto show which starts on Saturday, Fu said the relative success of U.S. initial public offerings (IPO) by XPeng and Li Auto had helped fuel the company’s ambitions to list.

Since it was founded in

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Fayetteville car dealer pleads guilty to providing alcohol to 15-year-old boy; sexual misconduct charge dismissed :: WRAL.com

— In a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a conviction as a sex offender, Mike Lallier of Fayetteville’s Reed-Lallier Chevrolet car dealership was convicted Friday of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving alcohol to a 15-year-old Fayetteville boy four years ago.

The boy, who is now 19, and his family are unhappy with the outcome, said their lawyer.

Mike Lallier

“He is disappointed that Mike Lallier will not have to register as a sex offender because he’s hoped that any plea agreement would force Lallier to register so that another young boy would not have to go down the same path that he went down,” said the family’s lawyer, Michael Porter.

Lallier had been charged in September 2016 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony, in Darlington County. The conduct was alleged to have occurred in a recreational vehicle

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My Local Hero of the Charge of the Light Brigade

This is a biographical tribute to Corporal Joseph Malone, who was born in my city and later went on to take part in the immortal Charge of the Light Brigade, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. With a brief description of the causes of the Crimean War and the battle of Balaclava.

The Ottoman Empire was falling apart and Britain and France were suspicious of Russia’s expansionist intentions in the Balkans. This was inflamed when Tsar Nicholas began to interfere in Turkish affairs, and the Sultan appealed to Britain and France for guidance. However, there was a lack of co-operation on both sides, and Turkey declared war on Russia. Russian forces destroyed a Turkish fleet in the following month, which caused a wave of hostility. Diplomacy broke down, and by March 1854 Britain had drifted into war.

An Allied Anglo-French expeditionary force was sent to the East, which … Read More

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