75th anniv of D Day tour on a WW2 Harley

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Blumtnman

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    Fantastic another RTWDoug RR, in? Oh most definitely. Patina Turner? :photog:rofl.
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  2. Dillard

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    Doug you have a gift for doing the coolest shit.

    Check out the Pegasus Bridge Memorial and Museum in Benouville, NE of Caen. It's an awesome part of the D-Day story.
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    Cool ride man.

    People do remember. My parents were born in/just before ww2, my grand parents obviously lived through it. My generation got the stories.

    Tv news here in NL have daily items about the 75th D-day anniversary, also lots of documentaries on tv.
    In Holland we have the keep them rolling association, these guys make it their objective to preserve military vehicles and their history. Mostly/mainly cars and trucks. For sure some bikes too. WLA’s were left for scrap after the war, people picked them up basically for free. Quite a lot of them still around. https://ktr.nl/en/
    Many of the ktr folk are in Normandy right now.

    You should have a blast on this trip.
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    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Doug, Welcome to France !
    I am sure that you will have a lot of success in Normandy with your WWII bikes.
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    malloy Long timer Super Supporter

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    Thanks for taking us along, Doug. Ride safely.
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  8. rtwdoug

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    Crappy internet, so I can't load a bunch of pics, but gotta do this one.
    630am this morning, Utah beach, Normandy, France.
    75th anniversary of the D Day invasion.

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    That picture made me imagine what was happening at that spot 75 years ago at the exact same time of morning.

    Check out this minute-by-minute timeline about what was going down at 06.30 where Doug's standing:
    https://www.dday-overlord.com/en/d-day/timeline

    Wow.
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    My dad enlisted in the Army on his 18th birthday December 7, 1941. At the end of the war he was in the Vienna with the occupation forces. The army hired Austrians to help feed the occupation troops. He met my mom there. She learned English in school and was the interpreter for the folks doing the cooking.

    My mom traveled to the US and stayed with my grand parents to wait for my dad to get back home. The army had other plans and sent my dad to Japan. My mom was on the verge of being deported and my dad had a buddy in the Army pull some stings so he could home to marry my mom a couple weeks before she was to be deported and sent back to Austria. My dad died very young in 1974, my mom passed at age 87. After dad passed away many relatives asked if mom if she was moving back home to Austria. Her reply was always I made the choice to come to America and become a citizen a long time ago, America is my home now. The rest is history.
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    Good Morning!
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  12. CA Stu

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    Well done, great idea. :thumb
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    Looking forward to the rest of your trip :thumb
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    I am blown away at the ideas and inspiration folks have on this forum! Awesome idea doesnt do this justice, but wow! I just sent a meeting invite to a riding buddy to do the same in 2044 for the 100th anniversary:) Thanks for sharing this!
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    real deal.

    my father - trained dispatch riders, England.
    played hockey for a Montreal Canadians farm team - on his way to the NHL? perhaps. - gave it all up to serve Canada, during WW2

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    Absolutely fascinating. Good on ya and have a blast!
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    Wow another Doug trip - whew hew I'm in
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    June 5th, D Day -1
    Isigny de mer and St Mere Eglise
    We had to go to the city hall in Isigny to get our passes to get into the exclusion zone on June 6th.
    St Mere was the town that the paratroopers landed on the night of the 5th, to secure the area before the troops landed on the beach

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