Tag Archives: Normandy

Bill Sullivan in 2012 at Sainte Mère Église

I have been sent this photograph of Bill Sullivan on 2nd June 2012 when he visited Sainte Mère Église as part of his annual trip to Normandy. In the photograph with him is Jean Paul Mandier who kindly provided the photograph – thanks JeanPaul Bill wasn’t one of “The Men in the Shed”, but he […]

Men in the Shed at Manchester Military History Society

Each month the Manchester Military History Society has a speaker on a military related subject followed by a discussion around that subject or related topics. On Tuesday 9th April (if you can make it!), I’ll be delivering the lecture for the Society focusing on “the story so far…” In 2004, Colin Foster began an investigation […]

Finding Fathers Documentary

One of my friends in France – Jean-Marc Lesueur – sent me (over the weekend) details of a documentary that he had been sent on Valentine’s Day… “I met France at the Normandy American cemetery some years ago…. She was student in NYc — she made this fantastic documentary after our meeting  .. I am […]

Forgotten Footprints – Normandy Tours

If you’re considering a visit to Normandy (and aren’t coming with me!), then I would heartily recommend using the team at Forgotten Footprints. David Mabbutt has a huge amount of knowledge of the Normandy fighting (especially in the Operation BLUECOAT area) and has been really useful to me in my researches into the “Men in […]

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 […]

Day 6: 5th June

This was quite a busy day, covering Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 and then on the trail of Ray Elledge and Francis Gillespie with some “Calvados hunting” in between. Operation EPSOM, the “Scottish Corridor” and Hill 112 Last year, we had visited the “shoulder” of the Operation EPSOM battlefield when we took a look around Rauray & […]

Normandy June 2012 trip summary

I actually started this in the Eurotunnel terminus waiting for our train (must be a song in there, somewhere), as the plan was, rather than in previous years when I’ve waited until after the trip to do any updates, this time to try to do daily updates. However, as any military historian will tell you: No plan […]