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Old 05-07-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Normandy 1944 - Normandy 2014 Tribute

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Hello Adventure Riders !

Just a short weekend visit to pay a tribute on the 70th anniversary of D Day. 1944 - 2014

Thank you to all the allied service men and women who did such an amazing job. British, Canadian, USA, Polish and many others.....

We salute you. This was and probably still is the largest seaborne invasion in history.

A very cold March ferry Portsmouth to Caen (like winter) . This was done on my 2008 V Strom 650. I now have the ''face lift'' version. As ever the V Strom took me all over Normandy without drama. We went to lower Normandy as well as the sea coast of Normandy. Ferry from United Kingdom at Portsmouth to Carn Ouistreham in Normandy France - about a 5 hour crossing.



Outside the museum Normandy Pegasus Bridge



The ever useful jeep...



allied weaponry , note the PIAT anti tank gun, not brilliant apparently....



information about the bridge used to cross canals etc. The Bailey Bridge system



the wider picture....



the famous bridge itself...



allied Bofors gun....



US (I think) troop carrier



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Old 05-07-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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Nice one mate. I've been to various parts of Normandy but never got to Pegasus Bridge. "Hold until relieved".
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:17 PM   #3
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Nice one mate. I've been to various parts of Normandy but never got to Pegasus Bridge. "Hold until relieved".
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I understand as military operations go, it was ''text book''.

British glider troops took and held the bridge. Heroes, true heroes of the best kind.

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Old 05-07-2014, 01:19 PM   #4
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I will be in Normanby this coming Thursday, I visited the beach at Dunkirk today ( I wonder how many of the Dunkirk soldiers were part of the D Day landings)
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:22 PM   #5
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Nice one mate. I've been to various parts of Normandy but never got to Pegasus Bridge. "Hold until relieved".
My Dad was in the parachute regiment during WW2, isn't Pegasus on the regiments patch?
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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Awesome

That is a place that will give you goose bumps when visiting... Went on June 6th 1986 and it was an amazing experience...
They "re-created" the Allied liberation of Caen in restored WWII vehicles in a parade. We (two other buddies traveling on a Eurorail pass) were invited to participate by wearing fatigue jackets and riding in a 2 1/2 6X truck!

If you can make it there, when in Europe, it's a MUST see!
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:58 PM   #7
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That is a place that will give you goose bumps when visiting... Went on June 6th 1986 and it was an amazing experience...
They "re-created" the Allied liberation of Caen in restored WWII vehicles in a parade. We (two other buddies traveling on a Eurorail pass) were invited to participate by wearing fatigue jackets and riding in a 2 1/2 6X truck!

If you can make it there, when in Europe, it's a MUST see!
hankgs and young1

Yes. I well remember the 50th anniversary in 1994. On Southsea Common near Portsmouth - wow! I was talking to some US troops (ex troops) who had brought with them their old lorries and vehicles of that era, a few all the way from Alaska!!!!!

I take my hat off to these men. If you can get over to Normandy it is well worth the trip.

The Parachute regiment had or still have the winged horse Pegasus on their kit. I think, but I am NOT an expert. The Normandy area is superb for bikers too.

Normandy is very pretty and if you like WW2 museums , Caen has a particularly good one, which covers D Day and the occupation of France from 1940 to 1944.

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My Dad was in the parachute regiment during WW2, isn't Pegasus on the regiments patch?
Yes, it's the emblem of British airborne forces and their cap/beret badge is a winged parachute. The bridge was renamed in honour the men. I'm having a beer at home at the moment so I'll raise a glass to your dad and all the other lads.
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Yes, it's the emblem of British airborne forces and their cap/beret badge is a winged parachute. The bridge was renamed in honour the men. I'm having a beer at home at the moment so I'll raise a glass to your dad and all the other lads.
I'll raise my glass in honour of those brave men too.

Real heroes and Normandy was by all accounts a tough and hard fought battle.

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Old 05-19-2014, 08:07 AM   #10
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BTW

if anyone is going over for the June 6th 2014 70th Anniversary, do post up some photographs. I am sure we'd love to see them.

Also have a look at these....

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Air dropped ''Well Bike''. Used by British airborne forces in Normandy 1944 (I think it was 90cc)




Spot the bike, British troops Normandy area June/July 1944



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Those are real nice pictures. Great find.
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Those are real nice pictures. Great find.
Thanks Rango, I have quite a few.


http://www.pinterest.com/dave1957/mi...world-war-two/

Feel free to check them out, most mainly WW2, but a few others as well.

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Old 05-20-2014, 12:23 AM   #13
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I think it is a m3 Half-track (us) often used with Anti-aircraft guns.
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I think it is a m3 Half-track (us) often used with Anti-aircraft guns.
Edd Nor,

Yes, this is an anti aircraft set up.

I think that (US Army) vehicle was used as a platform for all sort of uses, BUT I am not an expert on these!

How about this one?

70th anniversary of D Day and here we have Polish airborne troops with the ''Wellbike'' at 98cc a folding motorcycle. The Poles were equipped with 100% British kit and they carry the Sten gun a cheap and cheerful machine gun produced in enormous quantities.

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