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D-Day +365 (part 2) – midweek post

‘Hop-Scotch on Omaha’ YANK magazine, 8 July 1945 – the ships in the distance are D-Day wrecks First printed in Yanks magazine on 8 July 1945, this is part 2 of a visit to Omaha and Utah Normandy beaches just one year after D-Day 6 June 1944.  In part one we heard why D-Day was so…

D-Day +365 (part 1) – midweek post

‘Now Utah beach is a quiet expanse of peaceful and monotonous sand.  An abandoned, crippled landing craft, baking in the sun, is an invasion souvenir.’ YANK magazine, 8 July 1945  First printed in Yanks magazine on 8 July 1945, this is part 1 of a visit to Omaha and Utah Normandy beaches written while the memory…

News from Carentan, Tilly & Caen: Snapshot from a war, 14 June 1944

During the Second World War, news, particularly good news was shared quickly across the Allied world.  While each battle has been studied in detail by historians over the years, at the time newspapers reported them hurriedly as steps towards freedom. Reading those old papers today we are for a moment transported back to a world…

Tanks and flowers in the Biville dunes – midweek photo post!

From the mid 1970’s until 2014 the dunes between Biville and the sea were occupied by the French army.  Here 300 hectares of unique sandy landscape shook to the sound of explosions and gunfire, as soldiers from all over the region came to do manoeuvres and target practise.  Now all that you will hear is…

American soldier in Normandy; drawings from 1944

Victor Alfred Lundy was 21 years old when he was shipped out to Europe, in August 1944.  D-Day and the army had changed his plans from architecture, to the infantry. Enlisting Victor enlisted in the army in December of 1941, the day after the bomb was dropped on Pearl Harbour. He was accepted into the Army Specialized…

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