Tag Archives: Operation BLUECOAT

Normandy 2018 Day 7 – Fog, diversions, exhibitions, kilts and memorials

Day 7 – Wednesday 6th June An exhibition, a museum, a possible memorial and a ceremony. An early and foggy start The unhelpful weather continued as we said “à bientôt” to Mme Barratte for another year. We headed off for the opening of a new exhibition in the village hall at St Martin de Besaces. […]

Normandy 2018 Day 4 – Tilly book fair, Hottot and photo tour

Day 4 – Sunday 3rd June Tilly sur Seulles Salon du Livre We tried to be up early for breakfast. Aiming to be at the “Tilly Book Fair” run at the museum by our friend Stéphane Jacquet from the start. Unfortunately, Glyn had not re-set his alarm to French time. Whilst he lay thinking there […]

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

 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, to meet up with Albert Figg. Our assigned mission was to pick up some of his books and take them to the museum at Saint Martin de Besaces.   […]

Normandy June 2015 – Day#08 Sunday 7th June

Tilly, M. Filoche and Jublains Another hot day dawned. We had seen a weather forecast for this week before leaving England that had been bad. So, we had been exceptionally lucky to have had, largely, sunny hot days. However, the heat might make the journey to see M. Filoche, and the Roman ruins at Jublains, […]

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

Hill 112 and Ray Elledge’s Crash Site On Hill 112 Today was spent, in many ways, with our usual routine for the 5th June. A return visit to Hill112 (via Evercy church) in the company of veteran Albert Figg (who fought there) & his daughter Annette. Before adjourning to the restaurant in Evrecy for an […]

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. It was  an attempt to […]

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 on 14th August 1944, of St Vigor des Mezerets  by 43rd Wessex Infantry Division (the same one that Albert Figg fought with). As part of the celebrations, following the various […]

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 […]