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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 ?
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).
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…Continue
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…Continue