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Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

A Norman adventure

It's been time to explore foreign fields once more, and return to one of my favourite areas of France - Normandy. Fine cheeses , cider and calvados. The Fruits of the Sea and the land. All wrapped up with plenty of history as well.

I have done the WW2 areas several time over the years so went in search of some new offerings. So first up we have Dead Mans Corner Museum at the village de l'Amont on the high ground between St Come du Mont and Carentan at the intersection of the road from Utah beach. The building was initially the HQ for the 6th Fallschirmjagers commanded by Major Friedrich-August von der Heydte.  became an aid station and then subsequently the HQ for 506 PIR



 As the first American tank reached this intersection is was knocked out and the commander killed . For several days the dead commander lay there. The paratroopers referred to  "the corner with the dead guy in the tank"  , soon shortened to "Dead mans corner".
The museum had a number of interesting artifacts to view, from the various collections of weapons from both sides. To some more personal items. If you have seen "Band of Brothers", this one is Lt Dick Winters Easy Company 2/506 PIR uniform as worn by him in Normandy.

The ubiquitous 88mm in the garden - obviously useful for parking disputes.

Overall an excellent small museum and 6 euro well spent. It has a wonderful shop - a re-enactors heaven with replica items of uniform and weaponry from various nationalities. 

We also took a run down to  Omaha beach and visited the Amercan cemetery at St Laurent, calling in at the Point du Hoc to marvel at the feats accomplished by the the Rangers in scaling the cliffs

 The dagger rises from the top of the observation post at the cliff edge, commemorates the efforts of the Rangers in taking their objective and repulsing counterattacks for two days until relieved.


 The cemetery at St Laurent is a  place that really brings home the scale of sacrifice required to ensure the freedoms we have today.


There has been a new visitors centre added that uses personal stories of participants and a mix of narrative text, photos, films, interactive displays and artifacts, exhibits portray the competence, courage and sacrifice of the Allied forces. The whole site is beautifully maintained by the American Battlefield Memorial Commission.



An enjoyable if on occasion sobering day out. Overall my impression is that there is an increased interest of the history here with more visitors and facilities for them.

7 comments:

  1. A very enjoyable read, we've been planning a trip to Normandy for ages, but we never seem to make it.

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  2. Nice pictures and it looks like the weather made for a great day for it.

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  3. Very nice pictures. That place is really wonderful, a good destination for the holidays...

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  4. I have never been to Normandy on holiday but it is on my to do list. Seeing pictures of the cliff and the cemetery really hits home what they faced. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Good read, I would love to get over to Normandy some time, it's still looms large for me

    Ian

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  6. A stunning post Dave, really must try to make the trip one day.

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  7. Great post Dave, thanks for sharing. I would certainly love to tour this area, if I ever return to Europe...

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