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Normandy 2017 Day 9 – Estry, Deep Purple, barbed wire and beer

Day 9 – Wednesday 7th June A walk around Estry This morning we spent time looking around the village of Estry. Taking photographs of the locations of damaged and destroyed Churchill tanks following the battle to liberate the village. Colin needed these in relation to his war gaming group, and his military history society.   […]

Normandy 2017 Day 8 – Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans

Day 8 – Tuesday 6th June A late start! We had a late start today. Partly as we’d decided on a leisurely lie-in, but more to do with the previous night’s socialising! Chasing Ray Elledge and other Americans (again!) Our plan for the day was to use the narrative in Ray Elledge’s manuscript to try […]

Normandy 2017 Day 7 – On Hill 112

Day 7 – Monday June 5th On Hill 112 with Albert Figg Today saw us heading off to meet with Albert Figg again, this time on the top of Hill 112. It has become a tradition for there to be a small ceremony on the Hill on the 5th  followed by an informal meal. This […]

Normandy 2017 Day 6 – With the Green Howards

Day 6 – Sunday 4th June With the Green Howards After breakfast at a leisurely 8:30 in the morning we headed off to the village of Crépon.  To attend a ceremony dedicated to the Green Howards, one of the Battalions that some of The Men in the Shed were from. We were that it would […]

Normandy 2017 Day 5 – Normandy Museums, models, veterans and pizza

 5 – Saturday 3rd June Lost errand boys Today would see us running errands for various people. We set off from Rouen, through some light rain, to meet up with Albert Figg. Our assigned mission was to pick up some of his books and take them to the museum at Saint Martin de Besaces.   […]

Normandy 2017 Day 4 – Mixing history and beers; a heady cocktail

Day 4 – Friday 2nd June Mixing history An early start saw us arrive at the Eurotunnel terminal in time to catch a train prior to that on which we were scheduled. Arriving earlier in France than planned allowed us to spend an hour walking around Cap Gris-Nez. Here we took photographs of both the […]

Normandy 2017 Day 3 – Hop Fuzz Micro brewery, canalside food and sailors

 Day 3 – Thursday 1st June Back to the Archives We returned to the National Archives to do further research, not only for ourselves but also for other people. After lunch we travelled down to Hythe for our last day in England. Unfortunately, this took us longer than planned as we were caught in […]

Normandy 2017 Day 2 – National Archives, Brewpubs and history

Day 2 – Wednesday 31st May At the National Archives An early start saw us arriving at the National Archives in time to get new Readers Cards and spend the day researching the war diaries of the Battalions of some of the Men as well as doing some additional research for others. Expensive beer In […]

Normandy 2017 Day 1- Using the Good Beer Guide to the full

Day 1 – Tuesday 30th May Using the Good Beer Guide in non traditional ways We started this years trip by heading towards Aylesbury. On the way we used the CamRA Good Beer Guide to find a pub that was not in the guide! This was The Plough, at Haseley. Unfortunately, it seemed that the […]

Normandy 2016 Day 14 – SatNavs and dirt tracks

Day 14 – Wednesday 9th June Up early in order to get back to the Chunnel. As we’d never been to the village of Esquelbecq before, we used the SatNav to find the way back. Most of the journey seemed to be relatively straightforward (if twisting) apart from the shortcut that we were taken along […]