Part of the answer is very simple. If COBRA spent the 1st night at the edge of the airstrip - it did not land on Red Beach #1. So it follows that it never fought alongside CECILIA or CHINA GAL at Red Beach #1. They spent the first night guarding the positions around the so called 'Bird's Beak'. Therefore it would make sense that COBRA landed on Red Beach #3 with the 2nd Platoon and worked east to join 2/2 on Red Beach #2 and then spent the night there.
Hello, I've read that Bill Eads (1st platoon, C Co. 1MAC TB) landed with his tank (Cobra) and his crew on Red 1 on D-day. His tank was lost on D+1, on the beach. In an interview, Eads says that the... more
Here is a photo that Romain sent to me and asked me to post. It was published in the French magazine ARMES MILITARIA in 1995. While the name on the tank is difficult to see here, Romain says that it... more
Look below, I found the technical manual of the M4A2 Sherman, published in 1943. Look at the pages 352-353 : it shows the electical system junction. It is a bad location for tanks suposed to land on... more