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“Allies: Canadians and British During the Second World War”

The Juno Beach Centre presents a temporary exhibit illustrating the many ways in which Britons and Canadians came to know each other and the record of effort and sacrifice common to both countries as they fought to preserve the heritage of liberty and democracy. This event ends in December 2012.

For more information :

Juno Beach Centre

Voie des Français Libres, BP 104

14470 Courseulles-sur-Mer, France

www.junobeach.org

Tel:…

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Added by Mireille Picron on April 12, 2012 at 12:09 — 1 Comment

HMS Vindictive’s Role : HMS cruiser plays crucial role in raid on Belgian ports

Every year there are moving commemoration services in both Zeebrugge and Dover to commemorate those lost in raids on Zeebrugge and Oostende harbours in April and May of 1918.

Many brave men lost their lives in these attacks, which were of limited success, and eight Victoria crosses were awarded as a result of the raids.

On the night of 22nd April 1918, the Royal Navy's Dover Patrol launched a daring raid on the German fortifications at the harbour of Zeebrugge. The German…

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Added by Mireille Picron on April 11, 2012 at 18:40 — 2 Comments

Canadian Memorial at Tigelot

On 2nd November1944, a Handley Page Halifax bomber MZ-829 KNX-Y was shot down, while returning from a bombing raid over Düsseldorf, Germany. The Halifax bomber ripped through the Belgian skies, crashing in the small village of Jalhay, Belgium. A crew of seven manned the Halifax; a pilot and co-pilot worked the enclosed flight deck, a navigator/bombardier/gunner, radio operator, flight engineer, and two gunners in the fuselage. All seven crew members were killed in action, six Canadians and…

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Added by Mireille Picron on April 10, 2012 at 20:44 — 1 Comment

How America remembers WW1

We found this article and interesting film about how America remembers World War 1 and we would appreciate hearing your thoughts.

Do you believe that there is an increased interest in learning more about the First World War? If so, is the…

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Added by Spirit of Remembrance on April 7, 2012 at 11:07 — No Comments

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

RAAF--Bomber Command Commemoration - ABC South Australia - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2012

RAAF--Bomber Command Commemoration - ABC South Australia - Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

RAAF--Bomber…
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Added by Spirit of Remembrance on February 3, 2012 at 19:23 — No Comments

THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR

I have just completed a Tour with 30 people round WW1 sites, Popperinge-Brandhoek-Ypres-Ploegsteert-Berks Cemy-Dud Corner finnishing at Vimy on the first night. Day two saw a visit to Etaples Cemy and on the way back to Arras a stop at St Pol to commence the story of the Unknown Warrior. Back to Arras and the Wellington Quarries. The last day saw the group in Boulenge and following the Unknown Warrior back to Westminister abbey and his final resting place. Lots and lots of questions from the…

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Added by John Patrick Hamill on November 11, 2011 at 14:23 — 1 Comment

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