World War II Maneuvers

World War II Maneuvers (HM1IT9)

Location: Lafayette, TN 37083 Macon County
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N 36° 31.711', W 86° 3.328'

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Macon was one of 22 Tennessee host counties for World War II maneuvers before the invasion of Europe in 1944. The county was chosen because its terrain was similar to that in Europe. The war games prepared soldiers for active combat after the invasion. Soldiers were divided into Blue and Red camps to conduct mock drills and battles. On June 15 and 16, 1943, the skies above Brattontown were filled with the 101st Airborne C-47 transport planes and 326th Glider Regiment WACO CG-4A gliders. The flat open ground in the area was ideal for the 502nd and 506th Parachute Infantrymen's glider practice. The prior evening, this same paratrooper unit jumped into Willette in Macon County to draw Red forces in a feinting action.
HM NumberHM1IT9
Marker Number3B 82
Year Placed2014
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 584558 N 4042986
Decimal Degrees36.52851667, -86.05546667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 31.711', W 86° 3.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 31' 42.66" N, 86° 3' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 685 TN-52, Lafayette TN 37083, US
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