75th anniv of D Day tour on a WW2 Harley

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  1. brgsprint

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    Very moving.
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    Doh.....it was while reading a book called Tip of the Spear, about the small X Boat mini subs (some of which sat off Normandy prior to D-day) that I read the latest great installment of this trip....and felt I needed to mention all the other nationalities involved...and then missed my own.
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    This is a wonderful tribute to those that participated in the liberation fight on that particular day.
    The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. However, troops from many other countries participated in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

    On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy: 73,000 American, 61,715 British, 21,400 Canadian and the remainder from the other allied countries.

    Research by the US National D-Day Memorial Foundation has uncovered a figure of 4,414 Allied personnel killed on D-Day. These include 2,501 American, 1,449 British, 391 Canadians and 73 from other Allied countries.
    Thanks for doing this everyone!
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    Thank You Doug :thumb
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    There was a Dutch unit as well, Princess Irene Brigade. Founded in England during the war, from expats and soldiers and civilians that escaped to england after the surrender to the nazis. A few of them are still alive, and participated last week. This brigade still exists also, as part of the infantry. New soldiers, after passing their training successfully, dive into the sea fully dressed in their uniform. No need to explain why...

    Another often overlooked part, are the soldiers from countries that back then were European colonies or under European rule. Officially they are recorded as Dutch, English or French troops, but the reality is of course those boys were send overseas to fight and often die in a conflict that was not really theirs.
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    I guess you could even say that you’ve Finished a ride report :lol3
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    Thanks for the brilliant R.R. and pictures,great story and trip,good luck with the rest of your adventure.
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    Wow, how awesome a trip this must have been!
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    On to Bastogne, where this December is also the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

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    In the forests close by you can still see foxholes and bomb craters

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    Right down the road is a German cemetery.
    Each cross has 3 names on each side

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    There's a great museum in Bastogne, one of the best I've been to.

    They had an art display about the Berlin wall outside

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    We had stickers made for the trip, and have been slathering them everywhere along the route

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    We were stopped at a gas station when a local guy pulls up on a bike. He was talking to us about our bikes, he has a nice bike collection, including a WLA, and some really cool old European bikes, and many made in Belgium.
    Within 10 minutes, he invited us to visit and see his bikes and spend the night, so we did.
    I'm sure his wife was surprised.
    'Honey, I brought these 5 Americans home for the night, will you make dinner while we look at the bikes?'
    We had a good time, and I enjoyed the bikes. He asked to not post pics of them online, some people worry about that, so sorry, no pics.

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    I'm sure enjoying this. What an experience you and your friends are having.

    Those panthers are weird. I always thought the Pink Panther was male now I'm wonder why a male panther would be pink but now I see it is female (I think). :lol3
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    Doug, did you notice any 7th Armored Division stuff?
    My dad was there in a tank.
    Just wondering.