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June 09, 2014


Richard coulson

Nearly ten years ago with my daughter I visited roughly the same area around Omaha Beach; stood on the now peaceful sweeping sands, and walked down the rows of crosses in the immaculately maintained American cemetery. Like Larry, we found it an unforgettable experience.
Dick Coulson



Civilians from the concerned area have even NOT been invited !


larry smith

Few will understand this comment. There is a long-running dispute between the two Gondree sisters - Arlette (who runs the cafe at Pegasus Bridge) and Francoise (who claims to own all the artefacts and the entire legacy of the site.


larry smith

As an aside, we met several interesting visitors to Normandy. They included a Canadian federal judge whose father fought at Dieppe and on D-Day, a software expert who works on secret military avionics for the eurofighter programme, a pre-school teacher whose father piloted landing craft during the invasion, and a geologist whose father was one of the Royal Engineers who built the artificial harbour at Arromanches.

P Barratt

And remember an important Bahamian contribution to D-Day. In my opinion a great (and largely forgotten) Bahamian hero was Abaconian Chester Thompson. His book 'The Long Day Wanes...' should be a must-read for all Bahamians. Chester provided sea-borne support to the troops in Normandy.
Peter Barratt

larry smith

And Punch editor Ivan Johnson's father, the late Basil Johnson, flew bombing missions across the channel to soften up German defences before and after D-Day.

Amy McKay Core

Terry and Jenny Dunn (former St. Andrews teachers) are retired at Dartmouth. On a visit there they took us around the area where the training for D Day took place. A terrible tragedy took place just off the beach at Slapton Sands when three training barges were blown up by German boats. The loss of life was kept sedret for many years so the Germans would not know and to protect the Allies morale at a time when the war was going badly. Survivors were dispersed to other units and sworn to secrecy. It is mentioned in FOYLES WAR a BBC series.
Amy Core

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