Blogs from Arromanches-les-Bains, Lower Normandy, France, Europe


04/07/2020 Verplaatsing naar Arromanches, zowat het midden van de 5 geällieerde D-day landingsstranden in 1944. Tevens de plaats waar nog een reeks overblijvende caissons nog op een rij voor de kustlijn liggen die een korte tijd als ontschepingspier voor zwaar legermateriaal dienst deden. Onderweg tussenstop aan de befaamde Pegagus-bridge die de nacht voor de eigenlijke landing door de bemanning van 3 Britse zweefvliegers veilig gesteld werd voor de voortgang van de invasietroepen. Onderweg op de départemental, een flitsende ontmoeting met 4 overstekende everzwijnen. Een grote en 3 kleintjes, 50 m voor ons, uit het niets de weg over en terug het graanveld in. Wat zouden onze wolvenbeschermers hier niet van vinden. Spijtig geen tijd om er een foto van te nemen.... read more
Pegasus bridge - foto 1944
Britse Halftrack
Britse tank 1944

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains January 1st 2020

"Hope is not a prediction of the future . It is a declaration of what is possible" - Yogi Bhajan Apt is it not for where we are today? We have continued along the Liberation Roads and found ourselves passing through villages such as Sainte Marie du Mont he first village to be liberated after the invasion force landed at Utah Beach . The 101st Airborne Division liberated the village in the early hours of June 6th 1944. The first of many such liberations. We are following a route connected with the Band of Brothers. Our plan was to park up on a massive car park before going to the museum associated with the part the Americans played in WW2. Gabby parking was easy. Large parking areas alongside the road and almost empty. It was the ... read more
One of my favourite sculptures
The Americans leaving the Higgins landing craft
So powerful

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains January 1st 2020

Arromanches - a name that surely conjures up something in your mind. A name that you find yourselves using in the same sentences as Mulberry Harbours , D Day landings. The Menin Gate , Galipoli and Tobruk. Different wars but sometimes names are burned intd o your psyche. We drove a few miles from our large empty aire/car park to yet another large and empty car park/aire . There were a handful of cars parked and a couple of vans. In the summer no doubt it would be heaving. It is another free one - thankyou Arromanches. It is high above the town and fairly blustery on the headland . It ticks a few boxes . It is within walking distance of a town. There would be shops, cafes and things to see . We could ... read more
Wise words
Memorial to the Royal Engineers
Part of the Chelsea Peace Garden

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains December 31st 2019

After leaving the relative peace and quietness of downtown Carentan Gabby the motorhome found herself parked up on a very windy headland overlooking the rather choppy sea. Rusted guns still point to the south coast of England. Why are we here? Well this coastal battery at Longues sur Mer is one of the key Normandy D Day battlefield sites. That is reason enough . It is the midst of the landing beaches between Omaha and Gold Beach with views towards Arromanches and the Mulberry Harbours . It is an open site , free to visit and wonder round and to our surprise still has its guns . It was still a busy place even out of season. A place for walkers and enthusiasts alike. There is a tourist information office here but at this time of ... read more
Nature is not taking over
A bunker from a distance
A formidable defence

D-Day 16 - 70 years later For our last day in Normandy, we decided to visit the Bayeaux Tapestry and D-day invasion beaches. The tapestry was very interesting. It holds a lot of historical significance, and it is interesting to see the story from the point of view of the French (Anne and Tony learned a more English version of the story). One of the most striking impressions was the exhibit which runs the story of William the Conquerer and the battle of Hastings in parallel with the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. It is very interesting to look at these two events, as they bear striking resemblance, and really drives home the fact that history repeats itself. After the Tapestry viewing, we ate at a fantastic Creperie by an old mill. The riverside terrace ... read more
Cool old Mill
Hamster's Artistic Side
Yummy Crepes

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Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains September 1st 2013

WWII and Normandy During the World War II Normandy in France saw a lot of action and many important battles took place there. The main reason for me to go on this journey was to visit some of the places that I read about in the history lessons in school a long time ago or in novels, biographies and short stories in later years. I have ever since I was a child held a fascination for these places and I will try to share some of this fascination with you. In 1939, after Nazi Germany invaded Poland, United Kingdom sent over half a million soldiers to France to help the French army prevent an invasion in case Germany decided to invade France too. As most of you who are reading this already know Nazi Germany in ... read more
Fortifikation at Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains August 24th 2012

Far from Home with the Screaming Eagles Come the morning we set out for another traditional breakfast of a Baguette each, 2 Croissants each and a Pan au Chocolat. Suitably stuffed on Butter, Pastry, Bread and Chocolate we set out for St. Mere Eglise. This small town on the route up to Cherbourg was the Western flank of the invasion effort. Paratroopers of the US 101st airborne division, The Screaming Eagles, were dropped in and the town has become famed for the Paratrooper who's parachute became tangled around the church spire in the main square. These days there is an effigy of a paratrooper hung by his parachute from the spire and the Church commissioned a stained glass window to be designed to forever commemorate the efforts of the Airborne troopers who liberated the town. We ... read more
Parachuting into Normandy
In front of Dinah-Might at the Utah Beach Museum.
Commonwealth War-Graves Cemetery

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains August 23rd 2012

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you." - General Eisenhower Some Background Operation Overlord (the codename given to D-Day) was the largest Air and Naval Operation in the history of Warfare. It was the culmination of years of planning, subversion, stock-piling of resources and training of men. The Operation was broken down into many minor Operations that all contributed to the overall success of Overlord. Should Overlord have failed there is a very real chance that Britain would have been invaded and I may not be here typing this blog today. The courage and strength of each individual ... read more
Inside the Tunnel
The rest stop in the middle of nowhere...
Not a cloud in the sky, spirits are high.

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Arromanches-les-Bains August 1st 2012

Wednesday-Day 16 We decided on a road trip today from our hotel in Villerville to the D-Day beaches, museums and cemeteries. Our first stop was the village of Arromanches-les-Bains, considered 'ground-zero' of the D-Day invasion. It was the site of one of two pre-fab artifical harbors that were built in the days following the invasion. The basic facilities, including 115 football-sized, concrete blocks, were build in England and hauled over during the early days of the invasion. As part of the harbor, over 20 ships were intentionally sunk to create a sea break. Over 54,000 vehicles and 326,000 troops landed here in the weeks following D-Day. We visited our first D-day museum here. We also visited the nearby Arromanches 360 degree Theater. It includes a well produced slide and video presentation of the Normandy area, then ... read more
Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery
Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery

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