Category Archives: Battlefield Tours

Normandy September 2015 – Day #06 – Monday 14th September 2015

A surprise for Martha So our last day with Martha & Sam started off bright & early with a filling traditionally French breakfast at Tony & Jill’s. Leaving them in the sunshine, we headed off to Barrie’s & the Shed. What Martha didn’t know was there was a little surprise in store for her! Initially, […]

Normandy September 2015 – Day #03 – Friday 11th September 2015

Today saw us heading up to Hill 112 near Everecy to meet up with an historian contact – Dominique Bidart – that I’d made through Facebook. We also wanted to take a look at the new statue that’s been erected on the hill to commemorate the many infantrymen that fought & died there. I’d seen photos of […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#07 Saturday 6th June

Operation BLUECOAT 6th June dawned clear and bright – it was going to be another hot one! We called in on Barrie, or at least tried to, but he wasn’t there so we headed off to meet up with Mary, Jack, Eain & Muir at Mary & Jack’s accommodation in Caumont l’Evente. This had fantastic […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#06 – Friday 5th June

On Hill 112 Today was spent, in many ways, with our usual routine for the 5th June: a return visit to Hill112 in the company of veteran Albert Figg (who fought there) & his daughter Annette before adjourning to the restaurant in Evrecy for an enjoyable meal. This year, however, was slightly different… First of […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#05 – Thursday 4th June – part2

On the Invasion Beaches SWORD Beach Our first stop was SWORD beach – near the port of Ouistreham – which was almost empty… on our way back to the car, we passed a relic of the Atlantic Wall – the German shore defences – either a machine gun or observation post with a view along […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#05 – Thursday 4th June – part 1

I’ve split this day into two posts as we got through a lot! Another day, another battlefield tour! Or rather a continuation of yesterday’s as we’d only really covered half of the area of Operation GOODWOOD. This time, it was direct to the village of Soliers where, just before we got into the village, over […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#04 – Wednesday 3rd June

Operation GOODWOOD Today we would be following in the footsteps – or rather tank tracks – of the British Army’s attack to the East of Caen: Operation GOODWOOD. This was Montgomery’s plan to make good use of the “excellent tank country” to the South & East of the city in an attempt to break through […]

Normandy August 2014 – Day#05 – Sunday 17th August

Operation BLUECOAT Battlefield tour and talk Today started wet & with a return to Hill 226 and a second meet-up with Stéphane Jacquet as he’d asked me to go through the talk that I do on the start of Operation BLUECOAT which focuses on 3rd Battalion Scots Guards (one of three constituent units of 6th […]