- D-Day Cyclists
yes, we camped near Gold beach last summer and walked along a few of them – the thought of runnign up those beaches under fire with no cover at all is chilling.
D-Day beaches fact of the day:
Shrapnel and other debris from the D-Day landings is still present in large quantities in sand on Omaha Beach, scientists have revealed.
The site of one of the most ferocious battles during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, Omaha Beach was one of five Allied landing points along an 80-kilometer stretch of coastline.
The team found 4 percent of the sand they collected on the beach was made up of bits of shrapnel.Posted 4 years ago
I was aware of the paratrooper bikes that were used but never realised that there were units of land troops who went ashore with them.
some pictures on this page too;
and more info here;
We should remember them.Posted 4 years ago
I’m always amazed that comparatively so few people were killed on most beaches. Obviously the Americans had some horrible death tolls and all the airborne units were quite badly hit but when you consider that they landed on mostly quite open beaches, it’s a miracle anyone made it.
I’ve stood at the bottom of the place they climbed at the Pointe du Hoc and you do have to wonder about the sanity of the men who proposed it and the sanity of the men who said it could definitely be done.Posted 4 years agocranberryMember
Pretty much the whole coast looked like this before they even landed
If only. The bombers in many cases missed their targets and the consequent lack of craters on Omaha was a factor in the high casualties there ( along with the DD tanks sinking, the Americans rejecting Hobarts “funnies”, etc ).Posted 4 years agosangobeggerMember
Stephen Edward Ambrose and his book “citizen soldiers” gives a (biased) account from the American prespective on D-day. Point du Hoc is pretty shocking nonetheless when you stand and look at where these poor lads had to come ashore and what they had to face.Posted 4 years ago
Standing looking down at D-day beaches leaves you in awe of what was achievedJoeGSubscriber
I took a tour of Normandy in 2002. Pegasus bridge, Omaha Beach, Point Du Hoc, St Mer Eglise, etc.
The scale of the operation is just mind boggling! 😯 And D-Day was just the start of a year+ campaign!
And the WWII vets are passing away at a high rate these days; there are fewer and fewer every year. 🙁Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Spent many holidays in Northern France, The landing zones, Bayeux Tapestry & The Somme tell a lot of stories, it has left a lasting impression of what could have been and how much things have and haven’t changed in the world.
These are some places that most school kids should visit.Posted 4 years ago
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