THE D-Day landings have become synonymous with the bravery and sacrifice required in the fight against Nazi Germany. But what exactly were the Normandy beach invasions, and when did they take place? Here's the lowdown on the campaign that would change the course of history. What were the D-Day landings and when did they take place? D-Day was the start of operation "Overlord" - the Allied invasion of occupied Europe. After months of intensive preparation, Allied forces launched their combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944 - the start of a lengthy campaign to liberate North West Europe from German occupation. Thee largest seaborne invasion in history involved 156,000 Allied troops in the first day of the operation, with 4,413 dying on D-Day alone. Within five days 326,547 troops and 104,428 tons of supplies had landed on the beaches. The landings were followed by the 76-day Battle of Normandy, with a total of 210,000 Allied casualties. Where are the … [Read more...] about When were the D-Day landings, where are the Normandy beaches and how is the anniversary being marked in 2018?
BRITISH World War II heroes have returned to Normandy where they fought in the D-Day landings to honour their fallen comrades. The veterans travelled by ferry from Portsmouth to mark the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6. The D-Day landings in 1944 saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the UK, US and France join forces to launch an attack on the beaches of Normandy which helped lead to the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. The veterans have made the pilgrimage with groups such as the charity D-Day Revisited. And this year is set to be particularly poignant as next year - the 75th anniversary - will be the charities' final organised visit. In the moving pictures, the veterans are seen attending an at-sea wreath laying ceremony on the Brittany ferry to Caen. In one picture, John Quinn - a Royal Marine who was on a landing craft that landed on Gold Beach on D-Day - throws a wreath from the deck into the water. The WW2 veterans also attended a wreath … [Read more...] about Brit World War 2 heroes return to Normandy where they fought for D-Day memorial honouring their fallen comrades
THE EXTRAORDINARY bravery of our D-Day heroes is is brought vividly to life in these astonishing retouched photos on the 74th anniversary of the landings. Some 156,000 Allied troops landed on five Normandy beaches during the operation on June 6, 1944, which would ultimately lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of the Second World War. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and saw 4,4000 allied troops lose their lives. American and British troops are seen making their way to the coastline by boat before clambering onto the beach on foot. They show the gigantic scale of the operation that comprised of 6,939 vessels in the huge naval force and over 11,000 aircraft. A Nazi general - Erwin Rommel - is also seen inspecting defences while a German Panzer tank lies camouflaged in the undergrowth. American troops are shown in an LCVP landing craft heading for Utah beach. They were among the 23,000 who landed there. Others are seen wading through the waters of Omaha beach as … [Read more...] about Stunning retouched D-Day photos show extraordinary bravery of Allied soldiers who took part in WWII Normandy landings
Flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfallInstagram/@nono_basset_hound_et_steph The weather in France has been very varied in recent weeks, but nobody could have expected snow on April 30th. Many residents of the northern French region of Normandy woke up on Monday to find a considerable layer of snowfall on their rooftops and cars. The mercury dropped to around zero in many parts of the historical region, with the departments of Eure and Seine-Maritime registering the lowest temperatures. In the city of Rouen, the wind chill made it feel like a frosty -5C degrees in the early hours of the morning. It may have only been a couple of centimetres of snow on average, but flabbergasted residents have taken to social media to share their best pictures and video of the surprise snowfall. Colza et orge après 40 mm d’eau et une matinée de neige en Normandie (31 avril). Ça change des fortes … [Read more...] about Snow in France and it’s almost May? Mais oui, in Normandy!
French authorities are under pressure to cut speed-related deaths - and plan to roll out more and more speed traps. And one of the ways they're planning to do this is by teaming up with private companies which will take the job of catching speeding motorists off the hands of the police. The measure will be launched on Friday in the Eure department of the north west region of Normandy and will be rolled out steadily region by region. "All of France will be covered mid-2019," said France's road safety department. Currently, French police have mobile speed cameras concealed in 383 unmarked cars, which are responsible for snaring around 1.5 million cars a year. But a lack of resources means the police cars with mobile cameras are only in use for an average of one hour a day. READ ALSO: Photo: AFP The plan is to see the number of cars with installed radars increase to 450 by next year. … [Read more...] about Driving in France: Normandy becomes first French region to get private speed cameras