Category Archives: Normandy Trips

Normandy 2018 Day 1 – Deja-vu all over again

Day 1 – our customary start Beer and brewpubs Yes, our annual trip to Normandy started in it’s usual fashion directed by the good words of CamRA’s Good Beer Guide – though this time, it was easier to plan as we’d previously arranged to try to meet up with one of the chaps from CamRA […]

Normandy 2017 Day 10 – Respects at Hottot then beers at Brasserie Thiriez

Day 10 – Thursday 8th June Paying our respects at Hottot les Bagues We had a couple of things planned for our final day in Normandy; needless to say they didn’t go as anticipated! We were a little later leaving in the morning than we had planned,  so,  having a visited the Commonwealth graves at […]

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 as Colin wanted to take photographs of the locations of damaged and destroyed Churchill tanks following the battle to liberate the village as he needed this for his war gaming group and his military […]

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 on the top of Hill 112. This is something that we do each year and following the small ceremony that is held there,  we go for something to eat. This year the ceremony […]

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, where we had been told of a ceremony dedicated to the Green Howards, one of the Battalions that some of The Men in the Shed were members of. […]

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

Day 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 and worked out a schedule to meet up with Albert Figg to pick up some of his books to take 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 with the ability of catching the train prior to our scheduled one. This enabled us, once in France, to spend an hour walking around Cap Griz Nez, taking photographs of both the later German installations but also […]

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 for other people and after lunch we headed out to Hythe for our last day in England. Unfortunately, this took longer than we had planned as we got 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 […]