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... cliffs to attack German gun emplacements above. It was essential to stop these guns firing as they had a clear view of the whole invasion area and could have wreaked significant damage if they had been allowed to remain. It was a very bloody encounter with most of the attacking for killed or injured, but they were successful.
The final place visited was the village of Sainte-Mere Eglise which was the first ...
... undermined during the 17th century, when the monks began to flout the
strict rules and discipline of their order, drifting into a state of
decadence that culminated in their dispersal from the abbey. Mont St-
Michel then served as a prison for a period of time.
In 1874, the abbey was handed ...
We've met people everywhere! High and low, left and right, in and out! Some of the people we met were a reenactment bunch, on Utah Beach . These weren't your usual reenactment group, these men were from Czech Republic! They wore actual military uniforms, from one of the Czech regiments that landed on Utah Beach with the Americans in 1944. ...
... like Juno; places like Gold, Omaha and Juno beaches. At Omaha beach we parked the car, had lunch and had a look at the beach. Hard to imagine what had taken place there.
A more interesting place is Pointe Du Hoc , northwest of the city of Bayeux. Pointe Du Hoc is situated at Utah Beach; elevated at 30 meters above sea level it sticks out from the coast like a sore finger pointing in Northerly direction. It ...
... I can try to explain it with the help of "Rapunzel's Tower." The first thing I did when I saw this thing - even before I tried to go into it and go up the stairs - was to look for a plaque. Some type of commemoration. Anything. I found nothing. In equal measure, this brought on disappointment and a heightened sense of intrigue because I had a million questions - who built this? Why? How? Who has walked up these steps? What happened here? Why is it ...