Tag Archives: 3rd Battalion Scots Guards

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 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 […]

Normandy August 2014 – Day#04 – Saturday 16th August

Preparations for the “Men in the Shed” talk So, the Big Day dawned… Today was the day chosen to celebrate the Liberation, 70 years ago, of St Vigor des Mezerets (the actual day was 14th August 1944) by 43rd Wessex Infantry Division (the same one that Albert Figg fought with). As part of the celebrations, […]

Normandy June 2014 – Day#08 Friday 6th June

Stand in battlefield tour guide Earlier in the week, I’d received a phone call from Eain Findlay to say that he and his father, Muir, wouldn’t be able to make the trip this year as he’d put his back out. Eain was happy to drive munching on painkillers, but somehow, Muir was less happy with […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#10 Monday 10th June

A PoW’s  journey You’ll recall that last year we met Bill Sullivan & his wife, Elizabeth, who, whilst not one of the “MenInTheShed”, gave me (via Morris Sheppard’s son, Jim) lots of information of the time when he was “on the run” with Morris, allowing us to re-find the places they’d been, I was proud to […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#8 Saturday 8th June

Presentations and P47s in Normandy With Peter Findlay So, as is usual on these trips, we got up in the morning & immediately amended the plans that we had for the day! The reason for this was that Peter Findlay, one of our hosts, was being honoured with the presentation of a medal from the […]

Normandy 2013 – Day#6 Thursday 6th June

Bocage, Hill 226 and St Charles de Percy Bocage bagging When reading & talking about the post D-Day fighting one word crops up time and again: “Bocage”. So what was “Bocage” or “The Hedgerow Country” as Americans called it? A dictionary definition is: “the wooded countryside characteristic of northern France, with small irregular-shaped fields and […]

Normandy tour 2013

Normandy… And so it came to pass, in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen, that our heroes did decide that the time had come to once again embark on their quest to quaff ales and wines from far and near, to eat food that they were not sure of and to boldly go […]

Day 8: 7th June

3rd Battalion Scots Guards, Hill 226 & Operation BLUECOAT As mentioned earlier, investigating this unit’s contribution to the success of Operation BLUECOAT has been another interest of mine and earlier in the year, I delivered a talk to the South Manchester Tactical Society about it. Having visited the area on many occasions & taken lots of […]

Day 7: 6th June

Swapping history Before we could set off from Bayeux to meet Bill & Elizabeth Sullivan, we’d arranged to meet up with Stéphane Jacquet who is the curator of the museum at Tilly sur Seulles, just South of Bayeux. Stéphane and I had made contact through a Facebook group interested in the 6th Guards Tank Brigade […]