Author Archives: Colin Foster

Happy to help

A little while ago (well, the end of last year, actually… I must get into writing things in a more timely way!!) I was pleased to be able to help a relative of Ray Elledge & their friend during their brief visit to Normandy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get over there in person due […]

Ian Daglish – RIP

I’ve just returned from what has been a brilliant trip back to Normandy & more to follow on that, soon, however, I also returned to the shock news that Ian Daglish had died this morning from injuries sustained in a light aircraft crash on Friday. To those of us interested in the Normandy fighting, especially […]

Tameside Arts Festival

As part of the  Tameside Arts Festival which runs from 10th – 24th July, I’ll be delivering my talk on “The Men in the Shed” to the South Manchester Tactical Society & East Manchester Historical Games Society on Tuesday 12th July. More details can be found here… and here

Normandy Visit – June 2011

So, after the sleepless start (see previous post for the horrific details of what happens if you’re late to the Chunnel on a Friday night!) & arrival at our hotel (the Formule 1 Hotel at Boulogne sur Mer) as dawn was breaking, we had a reasonable night’s sleep and so, having taken full advantage of […]

The best laid plans of mice and men

Hadn’t been planning to write anything this evening (Friday June 3rd), but might as well do something to while away the hours! We arrived at the Chunnel terminal a mere 10 minutes late for our train so they’ve fitted us onto the next available… unfortunately, being on a Friday when it’s apparently busier (‘though the […]

Welcome to the MenintheShed Blog

This is the start of this new website dedicated to 18 Allied servicemen who were held briefly during June & July 1944 in a wooden shed in Normandy that now belongs to my friend. Thanks to Joel & the team at for setting it up for me… now to work!