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March 2012 Blog Posts (6)

Talk on Nantes 16th Sept. 1943 at Memorial de Caen

On 16th Sept., 1943 at 4:00 pm Nantes was bombed by a US fleet of bombers : they missed the port which was their target; 1,000 dead and 2,000 injured civilians ...

From 1940 to 1945, allied bombardments killed between 60,000 and 75,000 French civilians : they were not soldiers, they were not Resistants but they died for France.

We are reminded these victims by the film  Nantes sous les bombes alliées, une histoire oubliée de la…

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Added by Mireille Picron on March 28, 2012 at 18:56 — 1 Comment

No Return Flight by Haks Walburgh Schmidt

In 2009No Return Flightwritten by the Dutch journalist H.W.Schmidt tells the story of 13 Platoon at Arnhem from Sept. 18th to Sept. 21st when defeated by the GE assault on the Westerbouwing Heights.

This book is well-written and the reviews very good : the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum Oosterbeek have a page on their website www.vriendenairbornemuseum.nl/book_no_return .

You will read some reviews on…

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Added by Mireille Picron on March 28, 2012 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

One more suggestion : Fromelles

Posted by Mireille Picron on March 26, 2012 at 17:31 in Battlefield Tours & TravelView Discussions.
As far as I am concerned, I can't forget to mention Fromelles : a visit as a battle field followed by explanations about military archaelogy and training would be great. As a application, why not starting research for a site to explore ?

Added by Mireille Picron on March 27, 2012 at 18:19 — 1 Comment

More suggestions

Posted by Mireille Picron on March 24, 2012 at 19:30 in Battlefield Tours & TravelView Discussions.

 

Operation Mincemeat : from a corpse to William Martin or the deception preparing operation Husky. Cruise from UK to Spain (the place William Martin was found), visit of his burial place at Huelgo, a tour to Sardinia in order to explore the defences followed by Sicily (the first days of Husky). Eventually a trip to Greece (the deception place).

Added by Mireille Picron on March 27, 2012 at 18:17 — 2 Comments

Some more suggestions

Posted by Mireille Picron on March 21, 2012 at 15:28 in Battlefield Tours & TravelView Discussions.

 

We often forget that the Channel Islands were the only part of UK to be occupied. So a tour would be good and specially visiting the concentration camps on Aurigny; moreover, later after D-Day, the Channels were still occupied. Because they are islands, I suggest to cruise from a D-Day port in order to study the maritime routes and then navigate from an island to the…

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Added by Mireille Picron on March 27, 2012 at 18:14 — 1 Comment

Suggestions for battlefield tours

Posted by Mireille Picron on March 20, 2012 at 18:41 in Battlefield Tours & TravelView Discussions.

 

Why not a tour in the UK about the Intelligence : Beaulieu, Bletchley Park, etc. ?

Battle of Britain : airfields, martyred cities (Coventry, London, Plymouth, etc.).

Operation Dynamo : a part of the tour in France or how the BEF retreated from the frontline to Dunkirk; then in Dover, visit of the War Tunnels (Admiral Ramsey's headquarters) but also visiting…

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Added by Mireille Picron on March 27, 2012 at 18:11 — 1 Comment

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