Mireille Picron's Blog (27)

The Few

"Never in the field of a human conflict so much was owed by so many to so few".

Churchill, House of Commons, 20 Aug. 1940

Remember Them !

Added by Mireille Picron on August 23, 2015 at 18:53 — No Comments

June 18th, 1940

"France lost a battle, but not war".

General De Gaulle, FFL (French Free Forces)

Added by Mireille Picron on June 17, 2015 at 11:34 — No Comments

Had D-Day been a disaster ...

The chilling speech that Eisenhower wrote and would have read should the worst happen in Normandy.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

“Our landings in the Cherbourg Le Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the Air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is…


Added by Mireille Picron on June 5, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments


"If I come back as I hope ..."

In memory of Those who never came back

Added by Mireille Picron on May 31, 2015 at 10:00 — 2 Comments


Remember Dunkirk and its 335 000 soldiers !

Added by Mireille Picron on May 26, 2015 at 17:29 — No Comments

Poem by Sir Walter Scott

"Soldier, rest ! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking".

Added by Mireille Picron on June 1, 2014 at 16:21 — No Comments

Is it a Battleship ?

A surprising Scottish island

Inchmickery is a tiny island in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, about a mile North of Edinburgh and only 100 metres by 200 metres.

During both World War I and World War II the island was used as a gun emplacement. The concrete buildings make the island look (from a distance) like a battleship. Although the island is now uninhabited much of this concrete super-structure remains largely intact and, on a foggy morning, you can quite believe there is a…


Added by Mireille Picron on August 4, 2013 at 17:21 — No Comments

Plugsteert 14-18

The Center Ploegsteert 14-18 will open its doors in June 2013; its objective is to make the visitor become absorbed with the personal experience of so many soldiers and civilians. We shall find testimonies, maps, vestiges, photos and newspapers there.

Ploegsteert is the only part of the territory of Wallonnie occupied by all the belligerent strengths. The site includes 18 cemeteries among which 16 have Australian graves, 35 structures in concrete, 4 craters and dugouts were fitted out…


Added by Mireille Picron on May 7, 2012 at 19:54 — No Comments

Famous Olympians: Eric Liddell

Not everyone commemorated by the Commission served in the armed forces. Civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War are remembered by name on a roll of honour in Westminster Abbey in London.

One of the names is that of Eric Liddell, perhaps one of the most famous athletes of his generation, who was the 400 yards champion in the 1924 Olympics and who has been immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.

Eric was born in China and sent to school in…


Added by Mireille Picron on May 6, 2012 at 17:51 — No Comments

Carole Mc Entee-Taylor signs her books on May 20th at Maldon

Come and meet her, the Rifles Living History Group and other re-enactors, visit the stalls and help us raise money for The Rifles Benevolent Trust. All author royalties from book sales to them as well as stall rent. Also a good chance to visit an excellent museum.

1940s Day, Book signing and talk about The Weekend Trippers and the Defence of Calais May 1940

Sunday 20th May, 12:00, à Combined military service…


Added by Mireille Picron on May 5, 2012 at 17:38 — No Comments

Mont-Saint-Michel : commemoration at Saint-James (US cemetary)


10:30 : Speeches by the Consul of the United States, the representative of the Russian Federation and the representative of the Prefect.

Laying sprays of flowers by the authorities.

Le Mont Saint-Michel

14:00 : Flight over DZ by 2 C 130 Hercules (US Air Force), 1st dropping of confirmed jumpers, servicemen and sportsmen, from Germany, USA, France, The Netherlands and Russia.

15:00 : 1. 70th Anniversary of squadron Normandie Niemen



Added by Mireille Picron on May 5, 2012 at 13:19 — No Comments

Great War seen by Prince William

William says Great War was a 'terrible chapter in our history' as he launches fundraising drive
The Prince, accompanied by Kate, was attending a reception at the Imperial War Museum in London to launch a £35million fundraising effort to transform its First World War galleries...

Added by Mireille Picron on April 27, 2012 at 17:23 — 1 Comment

Australians at Bullecourt in 1917 : ANZAC Day

In April, 1917, the British launch an attack in front of Arras in anticipation of the French offensive of the Chemin des Dames. General Cough, having under its orders, four Australian divisions, proposes a additional assault between Bullecourt and Quéant, two key points of the Line Hindenburg.

Seen the success in front of Arras, Cough moves forward its attack without the support of the artillery but with 12 tanks. This improvised attack ends in a disaster: the Australian losses are of…


Added by Mireille Picron on April 26, 2012 at 12:22 — No Comments

A new private museum in Langemark-Poelkapelle from

Stijn Butaye, owner of Pondfarm, has transformed it into a war museum. This farm was in the middle of the front line during WW1. As numerous foughts took place there for centuries, the owner found different war material from the 19th century.Nevertheless he found pictures from 1914. In his research, he was helped by the Imperial War Museum.

Up to now he welcomes groups as well as independant tourists. He is now actilvely preparing for the centenary 1914-1918.

He has published a…


Added by Mireille Picron on April 25, 2012 at 18:46 — No Comments

Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres reopens in June 2012

The restoration of Flanders Fields Museum is pretty finished : next June the visitor will have a bigger space of discovery and can admire the city from the belfry. At the beginning of the visit, in exchange of one euro, each visitor receives a poppy bracelet which he can take to remember !

Added by Mireille Picron on April 23, 2012 at 18:15 — No Comments

Major Ronald Cartland, laid to rest at Hotton

Among the 647 identified Commonwealth war dead at Hotton War Cemetery is one of the first British MPs to be killed in action during World War II, Major Ronald Cartland, the brother of novelist Barbara Cartland.

Before being elected a Conservative MP in 1935, Cartland had worked in the Conservative Party Central Office. He was a strong supporter of Winston Churchill who later called him “a man of noble spirit who spoke fearlessly for Britain”. After the Munich Agreement in September…


Added by Mireille Picron on April 17, 2012 at 19:07 — 1 Comment

Who is the Unknown Soldier ? by Leah McDonald, Elrose, Saskatchewan

He is the one that led the way

so the general could make it home;

She is the one who saved the child and was left to die alone.

His dreams were cut off

by his untimely death;

Her innocence shattered

by her last shallow breath.

He is the voice

that echoes our pride;

She is the eyes, that

for our freedom, cried.

He is the rain

that waters our souls;

She is the river

holding secrets untold.

He’s in the wave



Added by Mireille Picron on April 17, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

60th Anniversary Garden Party at Ypres

On June 16th 2012 the RBL-Ypres organises a garden party at St Georges Church Hall in Ypres. The program starts at 14:30 and finishes with Last Post at Menin Gate at 8:00pm.

More details on Facebook page of RBL Ypres.

Added by Mireille Picron on April 15, 2012 at 19:06 — 2 Comments

“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



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…


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


Our NEW 2020 Canadian website now released! New tours include our brand new Canal Boat Battlefield Cruise/Tours in France & Belgium plus our superb WW2 2020 80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Tour and our 2020 Bomber Command Tour!

New 2020 Australian Battlefields website now released!

Contact us for all our Updates

Items of interest

© 2021   Created by Spirit of Remembrance.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Google+ google-site-verification=hopBr-xcM5QE8G554e0BTySn3vj-RirykQvXfolXR1Y