Omaha Beach: US Cemetery Colleville Sur Mer 1st Lieutenant Jimmie W Monteith Jr 16th Inf/Rgt / 1st Infantry Division. Landing with the first wave at Fox Sector on OMAHA Beach on D-Day 6th June 1944, Jimmie Monteith was one of approximately 3,000 United States casualties on OMAHA Beach. His outstanding bravery and leadership led to a posthumous award of the Congressional Medal of Honour. He is one of 9,637 U.S. service personnel buried in the U.S. [...]
Operation Husky. The Invasion of Sicily 70 years ago this week on 9th-10th July 1943, the Western Allies launched Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily. It was the starting point for the assault on Hitler's forces in Europe. Churchill described Sicily and Italy as "the sofe underbelly of Europe". Strategically Husky achieved all the goals set out for it. The Allies drove all the Axis air, land and naval forces from the island, opening the [...]
Alongside the Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Cemetery at St. James, the town hosts 'The Fete De La Liberation' A weekend programme of events featuring veteran WW2 vehicles both military and civilian. The vehicles were parked up around the town, so as you wandered around you never knew quite what was around the next corner. Many of the owners dress in period costume and those whom I chatted to were very knowledgeable about their [...]
Following on from yesterday's post on the Dambusters Raid. Seventy years ago today the crew of the U.S. Army 8th Airforce Bomber 'The Memphis Belle' completed the 25th and final mission of their tour. They were the first crew to complete a full tour of 25 operations since the U.S. Army Air Force arrived in England in 1942. This was a most significant feat, and it was a huge boost to the morale of [...]
70 yrs ago today, 19 Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron RAF skilfully attacked the great dams of Western Germany using an innovative new Bouncing Bomb developed by Barnes Wallis to breach the dam defences . 'Operation Chastise' the official title of the Dambusters Raid was a partial success. Of the five intended targets only two of the dams were breached. Nevertheless the raid is rightly one of the greatest moments in R.A.F. history and lives [...]
Everyone involved in D Day Tours Normandy is delighted to hear that at long last the British Government has recognised the efforts of the men who sailed the Arctic Convoys during the Second World War. these brave men not only had to fight the enemy, but the harshest of sea conditions. We also acknowledge the long overdue award of the Bomber Command Clasp to U.K. and Commonwealth Bomber aircrews.
Seventy years ago today, on 31st December 1942, Allied convoy JW51B, en route to the Kola Inlet in Russia was intercepted by the German Pocket Battleship Lutzow and the Heavy Cruiser Hipper. The attack was beaten off by the convoy escorts and the timely arrival of two British Cruisers HMS Jamaica and HMS Sheffield. The battle was fought in the 2-3 hours of murky arctic half light and darkness. The sea was frozen and so [...]