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My Normandy Visit in 2011

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#1 Wasabi®

Posted 26 January 2020 - 11:37 PM

Link to pictures at the end. I couldn't find my old topic with all the photos in it, I think it got archived.  


This might be of interest to you WW2 buffs. In 2011, when I was in London for job training I took a weekend trip to France and arranged a private tour of the WW2 Memorial at Caen, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. 


I wanted to go back last year for the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but alas, it didn't happen. This year is the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 so I may head back there if time permits. 


The photos were taken with a crappy camera (worse than the selfie cam on a modern iPhone) so they aren't the best quality. 


The start is the Caen memorial (inside is a museum) and the remains of the artificial harbor used by the Allies to unload troops off the beach at Arromanches. There were some remains of old cannon batteries here also. 


The next part is the Normandy American Cemetery. This is a very haunting place, you can feel it in the air.


A few MG42 nests and a Sherman tank follow. 


Omaha Beach is next, there were quite a few MG nests and fortified structures like bunkers still remaining. 


The final part was Pointe du Hoc, which is still full of bomb craters. There are some bunkers still standing here too.





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#2 Hairy Russian Dude

Posted 08 February 2020 - 09:29 PM

Very cool Wasabi! Thanks for sharing.

I want to do a solid month traveling around Europe, with WWII sites being stopping points. Will definitely add this to my list!

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