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Day Dix (10) – July 24 – WWII July 29, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,France — The Travel Guy @ 6:00 am

 

 

Au revoir to Mont Saint MichelAu revoir to Mont Saint Michel

After a great visit to Mont Saint Michel we left as the tide was once again coming in and trying to catch tourists unaware.

From here we made our way East on the Autoroutes towards the city of Caen and then to the Normandy coast and Juno Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Juno Beach - For the Fallen

Juno Beach - For the Fallen

 

At the Juno Beach visitor center we went through a great exhibit that laid out the history of the 2nd World War. This plaque set the stage for the visit, a poem by Laurence Benton.

“They shall grow not old

as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them

Nor the years condem.

At the going down of the sun

And in the morning

We will remember them.

We will remember them.

 

Aerial photo showing the heavily fortified German positions on Juno Beach (marked in red) with the mouth of the Seulles River at the left.

Aerial photo showing the heavily fortified German positions on Juno Beach (marked in red) with the mouth of the Seulles River at the left.

 

And remember them we did.

 

The following pictures show some of the remanents of the fortifications designed to repel the Allied landing. We had a bright summer day, with lots of families taking the opportunity to enjoy the beach.  It was a much different picture on D-Day, June 6, 1944 with overcast skies and 2 metre high waves carrying wave upon wave of soldiers to the beach.

 

 

 

 

Juno Beach - German bunker buried in the sand with the D-Day visitor center in the back ground.

Juno Beach - German bunker buried in the sand with the D-Day visitor center in the back ground.

 

Jessica and Andrew enjoying the sun and the sea at Juno Beach

Jessica and Andrew enjoying the sun and the sea at Juno Beach

 

Remanents of a German bunker caught in the shifting sand dunes

Remanents of a German bunker caught in the shifting sand dunes. Note the local couple getting their wedding photos taken at the top of the dune on the left.

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One Response to “Day Dix (10) – July 24 – WWII”

  1. Cathy Smith Says:

    Heh Heltons
    Good to hear from you again. Thought we had lost you there for awhile . Looking at your pictures of Juno beach brought back some powerful memories. I thought the museum there was fabulous. THey did a great job didn’t they. Keep on bloggin –
    Cath


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