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rockster57



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D Day 75th Anniversary

Less than 2 years away so time I started some planning and preparation.

I'm wanting to undertake a road trip in 2019 to commemorate the D Day landings and the subsequent advance through Northern Europe by the allied forces. I'm going to be accompanied by my (grownup) son and living out of our roof top tent.

We have a few ideas but would welcome any suggestions regarding places to visit ie museums, battlefields, cemeteries, memorials, significant towns/villages etc. Also any recommendations as to campsites that are RTT friendly (preferably quieter sites not those with playgrounds or amenities for young families).

It may be a bit early yet but if anyone knows or hears of any relevant commemorative events being planned? Anything from gatherings, parades, re-enactments to faith services, musical/choral concerts etc please could you pop a post on here. Thumbs Up


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That sounds like a cracking plan. Sorry I can't offer any suggestions, but I'll be following with interest Thumbs Up 2007 - Stornoway Grey 90 XS SW - Gone
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Dunkirk
Normandy
Pegasus Bridge
Caen
Sainte-Mère-Église


Follow the route of the Band of Brothers finishing in the crows nest. Hitler's old hideout. Sounds crazy but authentic!

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There is a excellent museum at Bayeaux
A campsite on the cliffs behind Omaha beach,if a little windy
American cemetery behind omaha is really worth seeing
You will have a great time It is amazing how much has been preserved and how accessible things are .

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When are you thinking of going? In June Normandy will be very busy over the anniversary dates.
What vehicle are you using? Ex military Defenders going to Europe may have more difficulties post March as we don't know if the open OGEL will still be in use.
I would suggest the route North and East of the British Liberation Army, taking you through France, Belgium and Holland then Germany to Kiel. 1995 Defender 110 CSW
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That will be a great experience for your son Rockster, Pics will be mandatory (for the forum!)
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Thank you for all your replies.

Panda - most of your suggestions are on the list. The exception is Dunkirk which widens the theme and context of what we're doing. I'll leave that until another time. Also the "Crows Nest" (Kehlsteinhaus above Berchtesgaden) is under consideration but maybe too much of a detour south?

Outlaw - Good suggestions. I've previously visited the American Cemetery and will definitely be returning there with my son who hasn't! I like the sound of the campsite and will look into booking a stay there.

Ramsay - yes June. I realise it will be busy but I'm reckoning that will be when most events will be taking place. I'm unaware of the general export issues but I doubt they'll apply as we'll be using a non-military Defender. A quick look on google at Kiel has raised my interest, thank you.

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I went this year.Drove down from Calais. Vehicles not permitted on the landing beaches but thought they couldn't prevent it in 1944 so who would stop a Britisher in a landrover on D Day 2017. Actually was June 4th, but near enough. Gold beach, I think. Mulberry in the background![img]

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rockster57



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Haha, very naughty! But I admire your pluck!

Reminds me of the exploits of the COPP undercover reconnaissance teams who in January 1944 also "trespassed" on the Omaha and Sword beaches. Under the noses of the German defences they collected soil and sand samples in condoms for the scientists to assess suitability as landing sites.

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I don't think my landing was quite as daring!When i was at Pegasus and saw the plaques in place at the sites of the various Allied glider landings with inscriptions recognising the debt owed by Europe to these brave men I did think that perhaps M Juncker et al should visit and be reminded of the sacrifice made when they talk of punishing the UK for Brexit.

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Today is D24.
On this day 75 years ago my grandfather crossed the channel on an American landing craft with a Cromwell tank doing its best to kill all onboard when it broke loose in roughs seas. He was a fitter in 3rd battalion Scots guards and ended up as driver for Captain Mann who was promoted to major in the field. This is key as I can actually pinpoint where my grandfather was as the regimental diary records the movements of major Mann. It is my plan when time and funds allow to follow the route my grandfather took from France through Belgium and into Holland. He didn’t speak of it much but as part of a tank crew fighting through Belgium and Holland I am sure it was a pretty horrific journey.

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He is second from right front row

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rockster57



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Thanks for sharing that Si. Fascinating and humbling piece of history Thumbs Up

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