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D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations in Normandy - June 2019, who's going???
Old 12-29-2018, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations in Normandy - June 2019, who's going???

For several years now I have been making the trip across the pond to Normandy for the D-Day Commemoration Celebrations. This year is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, so I will be there for sure, as will several friends from the US and a couple other countries.


I am just curious who else plans on attending?


Also, tell us about ceremonies and events that you know are scheduled, whether you plan to attend them or not.
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:21 AM   #2
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https://www.daksovernormandy.com/

I'm not going but this is going to these jumps have been in the planning for almost two years.
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Yes, that jump is going to be a big event. The C-47's are even flying across the channel from England this time. We will be watching this with our 101st Airborne veteran friends.

I am just not sure where the paratroopers will be landing. Will they land on one of the original American DZ's? The only reference I see on the DAK's website is to Carpquet Airport near Caen.
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Old 12-31-2018, 05:34 AM   #4
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Some of the original DZ's. The first drop leaves out of England and drops in the original zones. They say there will be officials at those zones to stamp the jumpers passports as they will be just entering France. That's going to be a unique stamp for sure to look back on.
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Old 12-31-2018, 03:17 PM   #5
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Some of the original DZ's. The first drop leaves out of England and drops in the original zones. They say there will be officials at those zones to stamp the jumpers passports as they will be just entering France. That's going to be a unique stamp for sure to look back on.

That's awesome! I never thought about that.
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Here is an annual event that will take place in Normandy next June. It is pretty cool to participate in if you are a re-enactor, or just to watch it like me.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:45 AM   #7
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Are there any infos about the route of the walk?
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On the 2nd of June in St Mere Eglise there is a Harley Davidson meet. Only ww2 Harleys can enter and so far there are over 110 entries. They will be static for display for the public then out on a ride. Should be good. I think its happening on the 2nd due to the fact that St Mere is not accessible to vehicles during the main celebrations.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:39 PM   #9
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I'm going with a buddy from work. I want to dress as a 2nd Armored enlistedman. Need help locating some good advice on what to wear though...I started a thread on it.
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I'm going with a buddy from work. I want to dress as a 2nd Armored enlistedman. Need help locating some good advice on what to wear though...I started a thread on it.

That should not be too hard to do. Just look at plenty of original photos of the 2nd armored division. There are plenty of reenacting dealers out there.


You will fit right in if you do dress that way.
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Here are three more event flyers, and once again, nothing in English. No respect to veterans and visitors from the main countries who helped to liberate France.
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Can one of our French members please explain or clarify this for me? Sword Beach included the area at Hermanville. I know the actual town is called Hermanville-sur-Mer (Hermanville on the Sea), but closer to the beach there is an area called le Breche de Hermanville. What would the correct translation be for le Breche de Hermanville? I see "breche" could mean "gap", so I assume it has something to do with that.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:20 PM   #13
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Hi,

I spent many holidays in Hermanville, lots of memories there. At first Hermanville village wasn't near the beach, it was a mile away from the sea.
The first houses close to the sea were built in the early 20th century when people started to spent their holidays by the sea when they were rich enough to have some holidays. La brèche is a large square which give an access to the beach to the main road which runs parallel from the beach. Brèche means gap you are right.

There are very famous pictures with beach battalions soldiers in front of a hotel who is still there today. It was very important to get there to have an easy access to the main road who goes to Caen if you go to Hermanville center, and to Ouistreham if you go north.
300m from la brèche you have la petite brèche which is the same kind of access to the road but smaller. It is there where the british sank the french battleship Courbet to protect the naval traffic from the sea, the wreck was still visible for a very long time.

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