Tamerville “Tribute to Our Liberators” Sign

In addition to the monument in the cemetery with the names of the deceased American air crews, Tamerville has also installed a “Tribute to Our Liberators” sign.

The sign details in French and English the stories of four aircraft that went down around Tamerville and recognizes Tamerville’s liberation by 8th Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division on June 20, 1944.

The sign continues with a report on the development of the Tamerville and Valognes area as a major communications center.

The text is one of the most profound tributes to support troops including my late father Felix A. Cizewski’s unit, the 3110th Signal Service Battalion.

Temporary locationTamerville’s “Tribute To Our Liberators”sign has been temporarily located in the cemetery next to the town hall.

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Photo by Cheryl A. Robinson

Sign © Commune de Tamerville

West wall of Tamerville cemetaryThe west wall of the Tammerville cemetery where the sign will be permanently installed.

Google Street View image © Google used in accord with Google’s permissions

Signal Corps section© Commune de Tamerville

Signal Corps section:

ENGLISH:

Once Tamerville had been liberated by the 8th Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division on June 20, 1944, the village and Chiffrevast castle (former headquarters of Germany’s 709th Infantry Division) were occupied in July 1944 by specialized units of the Allied forces.

Bringing with them high-technology equipment, these women and men of the Signal Corps made Chiffrevast castle the first Allied communications center on the continent. This allowed major Allied headquarters to communicate rapidly with each other.

The castle basements housed many telephone, teletype and radio operators as antennas, transmission stations and barracks containing sensitive equipment were erected in the surrounding fields.

This communications center was operational from August 7 until mid-September of 1944.

During this time, the Signal Corps soldiers bivouacked in nearby orchards. The 3110th Signal Service Battalion, consisting of 13 officers and 220 enlisted men, was among these specialized units to work in Tamerville.

These troops had a supporting role that was essential to the Allied victory, and we owe them our freedom as much as we owe it to those who were at the battlefront. They are honored here.


FRANCAIS

Une fois Tamerville libéré le 20 juin 1944 par le 8e Régiment de la 4e Division d’Infanterie US, le château de Chiffrevast (qui était l’ancien état-major de la 709e Division d’Infanterie allemande) et la commune furent investis au cours du mois de juillet 1944 par des unités spécialisées des forces alliées.

Apportant avec eux du matériel de haute technologie, ces hommes et ces femmes des services de transmission fi rent du château de Chiffrevast le premier centre de communication allié sur le continent pour permettre aux principaux états-majors
alliés de communiquer entre eux.

C’est ainsi que dans les sous-sols du château s’affairaient une multitude d’opérateurs de téléphone, de téléscripteur ou de radio alors que dans des champs à l’extérieur furent installés des antennes, des stations de transmission ainsi que des baraquements renfermant tout ce matériel sensible.

Le centre de communication fut opérationnel du 7 août 1944 jusqu’à la mi-septembre 1944 et durant cette période, les hommes du corps des transmissions américain ont bivouaqué dans les vergers alentour.

Le 3110th Signal Service Battalion comptait parmi ces unités spécialisées qui ont séjourné à Tamerville, un contingent de 13 offi ciers et plus de 220 hommes du rang.

Bien qu’opérant à l’arrière front, ces troupes de support avaient un rôle plus qu’essentiel pour assurer la victoire alliée et nous leur devons notre liberté tout autant que ceux qui étaient en première ligne. Qu’ils en soient ici honorés.

For more information:

Northern France with details of the 3110th Signal Service Battalion’s service in Normandy.

Infantry, Air Force, Medical, and Signal Corps Units in Tamerville and Valognes


Another in an ongoing series about our trip to France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France and the memorial in Tamerville. Tamerville is among the places where my late father Felix A. Cizewski, served in Company C, 3110th Signal Service Battalion.


Last revised: July 10, 2014

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3 Responses to “Tamerville “Tribute to Our Liberators” Sign”

  1. kmhoffman2013 Says:

    Love the photos and your writing Len!

  2. Leonard H. Cizewski Says:

    Reblogged this on Unofficial Archive of the Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.

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