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    #61
    My friend Ian and his wife from the UK will be staying with us in St. Come du Mont at our other friends house, but he will also be holding a signing event for one of his books about the 3rd Battalion of the 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, in Normandy, surrounded by C-47's from the jump on the 5th.

    If you are not familiar with this book, it is a detailed account of what 3rd Battalion 506th went through. They had the highest casualty rate of any 101st unit. Ian was also the first author to find and publish the location of, and document the action at Bloody Gully, against the German 6th Parachute Regiment and the 17th SS-Panzer Division "Götz von Berlichingen". His book also has some great maps and aerial photos of the areas behind Utah beach.
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      #62
      Another good link with the events, fairs, ..., also shows different routes to visit the landing beaches, but also in French

      http://www.plagesdu6juin1944.com/acc...FSJ1LtFdS92oFI
      Collector of Kriegsmarine and Küstenartillerie items

      Regards
      Eduardo


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        #63
        Thanks Eduardo!
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          #64
          Decisions

          Originally posted by WWIIBuff View Post
          You don't have a trailer that will fit your bike and sidecar? I have a fold-up trailer that is made to carry 3 motorcycles, but I use it for just my Zündapp with the sidecar on it. Here in California this a a must to have so I can transport the bike to other areas for a vintage ride.
          No trailer I'm afraid. No tow bar on car either. Either I buy/hire trailer, hire vehicle with tow bar or hire big van. As much as I'd like to go, the costs (tunnel/ferry, hotel, fuel etc.) start to make me consider whether I should spend the money on the trip or spend the money on restoring one of my other R12's.

          John

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            #65
            Yay, I'll be there, but 5 weeks late and with my 87 year old mother who's going on 55...


            Was also early in 2014, but only by a week. Looks like my bracketing is out of wack...


            No really, I decided it's best to avoid the crowds, but still show respect on visiting. Still someone needs to be there on June 6th.


            For those you have a grain of interest, I'll be staying at a little hotel in Carantan. Yep, Carantan. Great place for establishing a base of operations, just ask the 101st Airborne.


            Arriving on 13th July and leaving for Caen and ferry to Portsmouth on 18th July.


            I'll be driving on the wrong side of the road (for an Australian driver anyway) on various days from Carentan to:


            Sainte-Mère-Église then Utah beach and onto Cherbourg and back (2 hours driving)


            St. Lo then Falaise (aside from Falaise Gap fame/infamy, home and birthplace of William the Conquerer) and back (2.5 hours driving avoiding head on collisions).


            Pointe-du-Hoc then Vierville-sur-Mer, Colleville-sur-Me, D-day cemetery and back (about 1.5 hours driving).





            Great to actually drive around Normandy this time, as my International Drivers license was stolen at Naples Train Station last time in 2014 whilst sitting in first class train waiting to go back to Rome...another story.



            I walked the length of Omaha Beach back in 2014. I share my Flickr Omaha Beach album:


            https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/mo4vf7

            Wish me luck on the French roads...

            Enjoy


            Peter


            Perth
            Western Australia
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              #66
              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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                #67
                Originally posted by Rolf D. View Post
                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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                  #68
                  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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                    #69
                    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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                      #70
                      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.

                      Best regards

                      Ben

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                        #71
                        Ben, very informative and thank you very much

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                          #72
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                          Collector of Kriegsmarine and Küstenartillerie items

                          Regards
                          Eduardo


                          Collecting Kriegsmarine !!!: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=725610

                          sigpic "Deutsche Kriegsmarine"

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                            #73
                            Come visit the Utah Memory Field, a historic gathering from June 4 to 9, 2019 in Utah Beach. You will discover many activities throughout the week. You will discover many actvities all week. On the agenda: historical re-enactments, immersive scenes, jeep baptism, exhibition, on-site catering...
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                            Regards
                            Eduardo


                            Collecting Kriegsmarine !!!: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=725610

                            sigpic "Deutsche Kriegsmarine"

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                              #74
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                              Collector of Kriegsmarine and Küstenartillerie items

                              Regards
                              Eduardo


                              Collecting Kriegsmarine !!!: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=725610

                              sigpic "Deutsche Kriegsmarine"

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                                #75
                                Originally posted by Ben421 View Post
                                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.

                                Best regards

                                Ben





                                Thank you Ben, I appreciate the information.
                                My Meager Collection: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...d.php?t=464072

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