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  • Day64

    D-day beaches

    September 5, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Snapshot
    Where - Pegasus Bridge and Normandy beaches
    Weather - fine

    This was Brad's day, visiting the war related sites he has read, and watched movies and documentaries about. First we visited Pegasus Bridge where British glider bourne troops were the first troops to see action on D-day and they had to capture the bridges crossing the Orne River and hold them intact so that the allies coming from the beaches could cross. It was an incredible feat of flying in WWII as troops landed pnly 50m from the bridge and captured in in a matter of minutes. A replacement bridge now crosses the river and the original forms part of the museum outlining the events that occurred in that area. The original was too narrow to cope with modern day traffic, but the replacement looks much the same.

    From there we headed to Point du Hoc which was an area overlooking Omaha and Utah beaches and was occupied by the Germans with large guns. The job of the American Rangers was to capture and disable the guns so that the American troops could land on the beaches without being fired upon (D-day, June 6, 1944). After heavy fighting and the Rangers had to scale the cliffs only to find the large guns they thought were there were actually tree trunks as the Germans had stored the guns as they were afraid they may have been destroyed by the shelling that was happening. As it turned out, the Rangers found the store of guns and managed to disable them by putting thermite grenades in that melted the firing breech. (See, look at how much I have learned about D-day)

    After some lunch overlooking Omaha beach, we went to the American War Cemetery - over 9000 graves of the American soldiers killed during the battle for Normandy. It is located above Omaha beach and all the headstones are arranged in perfectly straight lines , regardless of which direction you look at them. Beautifully maintained.

    We also visited the Airborne Museum which was to do with the 82nd and 101st airborne which landed inland of Utah and Omaha Beaches in the early hours of D-day. One of the paratroopers was entangled on the church tower and was lucky not to be killed by the Germans. They stll have an effigy of him hanging from the church tower in the town of Sainte-Marie-Eglise where the museum is. We did visit another museum, but frankly I have just about exhausted the amount of information I can take in about war and battles etc. that I cannot even remember what it was about.

    These activities were done over 2 days - next we move away from the battlefields and look at some things I am more interested in - next post.
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  • Day174

    American Cemetery

    April 19, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    The grounds are beautiful. I thought that it was a good use of our tax dollars, if our tax dollars are supporting the American Battle Monuments Commission.

    The were several French school groups at the cemetery. Good to see the French are teaching history in their schools.

  • Day35

    Sch.... Tag

    September 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Natürlich nicht so ganz, aufgrund Fehleistellungen beim Navi bin ich heute ein paar Irrwege gefahren. 😎😁Aber es hat sich alles in Wohlgefallen aufgelöst.....
    Jetzt steh ich am Meer in der Normandie (ein tragischer Ort) und werde mal sehen wie lang ich bleibe.... ✌️👌🤔

  • Day14

    Stenkast från Omaha Beach

    May 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Kustvägar är otroligt mysiga att köra då man kör igenom varje by på vägen. Tyvärr tar det minst tre gånger längre tid än att ta de större vägarna. Men vi hittade en mysig camping med fritt Wifi!! Det är inte vanligt här. Efter det på med vandringskängorna och utforska närområdet. Allt är så grönt och vackert. Samma landskap som England vilket vi nåda älskar.Read more

  • Day15

    Omaha beach

    May 12, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Då satte man äntligen ned kängan i sanden på Omaha Beach. Så otroligt ogreppbart vad som har ägt rum på denna flera km långa strand. Känslor av alla slag bubblar upp i kroppen på en.. så många unga män fick sätta livet till här. Vandrar runt på minneskyrkogården som amerikanarna skapat för de sina.

  • Day23

    Fährüberfahrt nach Frankreich

    October 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Bis wir in Frankreich anlegten, wurde unser Tag durch Körperhygiene, Film schauen und Essen gestaltet. Dieses Mal durften wir sogar bis zum Anlegen auf dem Schiff bleiben und dieses beobachten, bis wir wieder in die Autos steigen mussten. Und dann ging es ab zurück in den Rechtsverkehr.

    Da wir erst gegen 16 Uhr in Frankreich ankamen entschieden wir uns, eine nahegelegene Schlafstätte an der Küste auszuwählen. Diese schien sehr beliebt zu sein, denn außer uns standen bereits 15 andere Wohnmobile und Campervans dort.

    Der Parkplatz lag unmittelbar an der Batterie Longues-Sur-Mer, die im 2. Weltkrieg ein Teil des Atlantikwalls, war. Ironischer Weise wird diese Gegend nun genutzt um wilde Blumenwiesen zu erhalten, so dass die Batterien im Sommer in einer bunten Umgebung stehen.
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  • Day6

    Omaha Beach

    September 23, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

    The beaches where the Allies landed on June 6, 1944 occupy sacred ground. One can only imagine the feelings of the nineteen and twenty year old men who jumped from the landing craft on that summer morning. Most expected to die on those beaches. In the first wave most did. Some did not even make it out of the landing craft. The weather today was raw—30 mph gusts blowing sand into your eyes. The temperature is a chilly, wet and windy fifty-five degrees. Yet the rain and wind today made for conditions similar to those experienced by the GI’s in 1944. Over nine thousand young Americans lie sleeping on the cliff they captured from Germans of the same age in 1944. Yet these patriots sleep in American soil. The French government gave these 170 acres to the United States in 1965 to say “thank you” for the permanent sacrifice of these young men and the four young women nurses who still lie here. They gave their lives because they believed that people should live in freedom rather than tyranny. Being here reminds me again of the cost of freedom. It also reminds me that America cannot be great unless she is good. I hope she still is.Read more

  • Day29

    Pause am Omaha Beach

    August 15, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wir bekommen nach hause 15 Minuten. Warten dann von dem Franzosen unser Abschleppseil wieder und fahren einige Kilometer. Das Navi zeigt bis Köln 780 km. Trotzdem machen wir einen Abstecher uns setzen uns noch eine Weile an das wunderbare Wasser. Hier wäre ich baden gegangen, aber es drückt uns die Zeit. Ausserdem ist es ja jetzt nicht. Mehr der Atlantik sondern der Ärmelkanal 😉Read more

  • Day5

    Normandía

    July 8 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Las playas de Normandía eran nuestro próximo destino, asi que paramos en Point du Hoc, lugar de inicio del ataque Aliado del Día D. En este enclave se encontraba la artillería alemana que defendía las playas colindantes, por lo que debía ser neutralizado previamente. Armados con garfios accionados por pólvora, un grupo de 200 soldados consiguieron trepar los acantilados y neutralizar los cañones, dejando via "libre" al desembarco de las playas.

    La Playa de Omaha, en la que se encuentra el cementerio americano, fue el epicentro, junto a la de Utah, del desembarco de Normandía. Más de 43.000 soldados desembarcaron en esta playa, dando inicio a la reconquista de Europa.
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  • Day12

    D Day

    August 7, 2016 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Off to a new day. And for start we visited a D Day monument, a museum and an american cemetary. You can still feel the presence of D Day in the air here. Amazing and heartbreaking at the same time.

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