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Okay chaps and chappesses I have a leave pass from OC domestic. That I can use later in the year. I am two hours drive from Caen and was thinking of getting over to hill 112 and Falaise.

I have visited the beaches and pegasus bridge. Are there any other places I can spend sometime looking/plodding around?

Thanks
 

Joshua Slocum

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if you drive up through to Falaise, the old castle is worth a visit just to see how much is missing, a few miles beyond their is a Sherman with a shell through the gun, and miles of woods to explore
 
#6
One could always drop into Sainte-Mère-Église.
 
#7
Okay chaps and chappesses I have a leave pass from OC domestic. That I can use later in the year. I am two hours drive from Caen and was thinking of getting over to hill 112 and Falaise.

I have visited the beaches and pegasus bridge. Are there any other places I can spend sometime looking/plodding around?

Thanks
Hill 112 is definitely worth a visit for the perspective, but do read up before you go and take a guide book/map with you. Unless things have changed dramatically in the past 18 months, there is previous little information/orientation at the site. About 4 years ago, one of the Royals dedicated a field gun as a memorial, but it had gone six months later apparently in a dispute about planning permission!
 

AfghanAndy

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Okay chaps and chappesses I have a leave pass from OC domestic. That I can use later in the year. I am two hours drive from Caen and was thinking of getting over to hill 112 and Falaise.

I have visited the beaches and pegasus bridge. Are there any other places I can spend sometime looking/plodding around?

Thanks
Maisie battery.
The museum on Omaha beach.
Melville gun battery.

There’s also a massive OP tower at ouistrrham that’s worth a visit.

Edit. I forget the name of it but there’s four big above ground grub emplacements on top of a cliff. Ex French naval guns.
 
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Thanks for the replies folks.

I have decided to try and do the whole D-Day to VE day journey of one division (though the division I have chosen did not land on D-Day). Many moons ago I read a book about the 11th Black Bull division. I recall they had quite an exciting time.

So re-finding the book, research of the units involved. Then trying to find war diaries, then forming a route plan. Should be fun.
 
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Hill 112 is definitely worth a visit for the perspective, but do read up before you go and take a guide book/map with you. Unless things have changed dramatically in the past 18 months, there is previous little information/orientation at the site. About 4 years ago, one of the Royals dedicated a field gun as a memorial, but it had gone six months later apparently in a dispute about planning permission!
Church cemetery nearby v moving for me - headstone after headstone bearing the Royal Ulster Rifles cap badge
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#17
Thanks for the replies folks.

I have decided to try and do the whole D-Day to VE day journey of one division (though the division I have chosen did not land on D-Day). Many moons ago I read a book about the 11th Black Bull division. I recall they had quite an exciting time.

So re-finding the book, research of the units involved. Then trying to find war diaries, then forming a route plan. Should be fun.
PM me your email address. I'll send a PDF of the history of 15/19H, 1939-45.
 
#19
PM me your email address. I'll send a PDF of the history of 15/19H, 1939-45.
"Just a walk in the sun" by Robert Stanley Price is an account of one soldiers time from just after D Day through to VE day with 11 div. 15th/19th get quite a few mentions.
Well worth a read.
 

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