On Thursday 17th August I spent a special day with James Hale and his family from Seattle & California. James is a professional musician who was granted permission by the American Battle Monuments Commision to play Taps live at Normandy American Cemetery during the flag lowering ceremony at the end of the day. A goosebumps moment. Thank you Jim. The tune is a variation of an earlier bugle call known as the "Scott Tattoo", which [...]
On D-Day, as part of the Allied invasion of Normandy, a group of brave soldiers from the United States Army Rangers embarked on a daring mission. Their objective was to scale the treacherous cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, a fortified German position overlooking the beaches of Omaha and Utah. This daring assault would become one of the most iconic moments of D-Day. The Objective: Pointe du Hoc presented a [...]
1st Battalion 507th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. 'Le Maison Timmes', Amfreville. Staff Sergeant Donald E Bosworth 1st Battalion 507th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. I have just spent three splendid days in the company of Jeff and Kyle Bosworth from California USA as we followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather Staff Sergeant Donald E Bosworth 1st Battalion 507th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division. S/Sgt Bosworth parachuted into Normandy during [...]
Last autumn, I had the pleasure of taking Vane Crandell in the footsteps of his father, Combat Medic Vane L Crandell (Snr) 82nd Airborne Division. Our visit culminated in a moment of remembrance at the 508th PIR Memorial Garden at Chef du Pont. The garden was established in 2018 to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the regiment's participation in the D-Day landings and the Normandy Invasion. The garden features a large stone monument [...]
Coastal erosion at the Pointe du Hoc Coastal erosion is becoming a serious threat to the future of this historic site. The speed at which the sea is bringing down the sandstone cliffs is very worrying. Whilst there have always been minor landslides, only last year the iconic stack itself split in two and collapsed. Yesterday morning before I arrived with a tour in the afternoon another section of the cliff collapsed some [...]
WW2 Beach Obstacles: the Czech Hedgehog The Czech hedgehog was a type of beach obstacle used extensively during World War II by the Axis powers, particularly Germany, to hinder the Allied amphibious landings. The obstacle was named after its origin, as it was first designed and used by the Czech military before the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The Czech hedgehog was made up of a series of large, interlocking steel or concrete beams, each [...]
Quite by chance I caught this image whilst taking a tour on Friday 28th October 2022. If you ever wonder why and for what reason all those young men died then here is the answer.
Re-enactors are converging on our village for a week-long bivouac. Unfortunately for this German group one of their trucks broke down right outside our gate. Disappointing for them of course, but I couldn't resist the photo opportunity.
Band of Brothers follows the exploits of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division The 'Band of Brothers' Story - Where it actually happened. The exploits of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion 506th P.I.R. are well known thanks to the book by the historian Stephen Ambrose and the HBO mini series. In the following pictures we wish to show you where in reality some of their famous [...]
D-Day 75 Garden Arromanches The ghostly figures of the D-Day 75 Garden illustrate the memories in the mind of D-Day veteran Bill Pendell MM, as he sits in quiet reflection of his comrades with whom he struggled ashore on the morning of 6th June 1944. The garden was originally created for the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show by John Everiss. Once the show was over the garden was moved [...]