Category Archives: France Travel

Normandy Invasion Revisited, Part I

NORMANDY INVASION REVISITED, PART ONE:   Tomorrow, June 6th, is the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy France.  In 1944, the outcome of the war was at stake. Operation Overlord was the allies’ master plan to bring defeat to the … Continue reading

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Normandy Invasion Revisited, Part II

NORMANDY INVASION REVISITED, PART II:  More re-enactor photos from Normandy, France.  For Part I of this story, click here: Part I

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Remembrance Day, Compiègne, France, Part 2

Part Two, a reflection on Remembrance Day. On June 22, 1940, Adolf Hitler oversaw the signing of the French surrender in the very same car where Germany surrendered in 1918.  On that day, the eagle monument was bedecked with banners … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day, Compiègne, France, Part 1

Today is Remembrance Day and I was recalling my recent visit to northern France.  Here’s part one. When I visited the Armistice Wagon in the forest outside Compiègne, France, I could think of few places in modern times with more … Continue reading

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Beaumont-Hamel, France, Battle of the Somme, 1916

The battle of Beaumont-Hamel, July 1st, 1916 is seared in the collective consciousness of Newfoundlanders.  As we approach Remembrance Day, 2010, I find myself reflecting back on my first visit to the battle site.  Many battlefields from the Great War have … Continue reading

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