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    Gentlemen,

    As some of you know, I live in Germany as an American.

    On Saturday, I am driving to Normandy to visit the battlefields, the invasion beaches and the cemeteries of both Armies. I thought, for the 4th of July I would honor our veterans by visiting a historic site and remembering the sacrifice of our soldiers, no matter the war. It will be my second visit, but the first time I have time and freedom to really see it.

    D-Day was an amazing thing. The culmination of years of effort to get to that one moment in time when the combined Allied forces stormed the beaches, freeing Europe from a terrible horror.

    I was wondering what TG folks thought of D-Day and if there was any places you would recommend I visit and take some photos of.

    Where would you visit if you could go to Normandy next week?

    I am sure it will be a moving and also great trip for me. I will post some photos when I get home next week.

    Take care,

    T
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    The Arhnam bridge.....

    pointless waste of life but worth visiting

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    • #3
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      Pegasus bridge
      Caen
      Carentan
      the beaches ofc
      Sainte-Mère-Église
      Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

      quite band of brothers inspired, but i'd just try to see as much as i could
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        Pointe Du Hoc
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          Brécourt Manor
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            Tman,
            congratulations on the chance to go. it will exceed your expectations.

            i was fortunate enough to visit Normandie a couple years ago, and it was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. As I stood there on the beach, as the warm sun heated my body and the strikingly calm waves broke with such visible anger, as if they were still washing out the blood from 65 years earlier; I was simply and utterly humbled. it's a feeling i haven't had since.

            pointe du hoc was impressionable too because the bomb craters are still intact. you can walk around and into some of the flak emplacements too. it reminds me of the Vinh Moc Tunnels in Vietnam, but that's a different story.....

            not to spoil it, but here are a few pics to emphasize my point. hope it helps:




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            • #7
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              Villers-Bocage.
              St. Lo and the bocage
              Caen, definitely.
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              • #8
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                Thanks guys. I have also done quite a bit of reading and I have a 2 good books. I will certainly check these suggestions out in my references and get them in my GPS.
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                  "I have also done quite a bit of reading and I have a 2 good books. " -TMAN

                  That's the best way to do it. :D
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                    If you can Tman rent a bike and bike around the coast line and other points of interest which people have listed. My parents a number of years ago did a bike riding trip of Normandy through the company Backroads. I believe on their website they have a itinerary of what that trip encompasses.

                    Will you be going with Warlab this time around?
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                    • #11
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                      this is on my "to do before i die" list. i'd go find all the museums first, then go along and see where i'd end up, depending on time and money.
                      i'd really like to see berchtesgaden as well. been to auschwitz, westerbork and majdanek, that really bums your mood. ****in nazis. verdammte feiglinge.

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                        video i made a few years ago.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Delta*RandyShugart* View Post
                          If you can Tman rent a bike and bike around the coast line and other points of interest which people have listed. My parents a number of years ago did a bike riding trip of Normandy through the company Backroads. I believe on their website they have a itinerary of what that trip encompasses.

                          Will you be going with Warlab this time around?
                          Nope, warlab couldn't get over for this one. Hopefully before I leave here (Germany) he will get over for a Normandy Trip. We both did Market Garden and the Bulge, so we are working up to it.
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by GoreZiad View Post
                            video i made a few years ago.

                            nice work, but out of curiosity, why does it end in egypt?

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                            • #15
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                              thx. it's cut, used to be longer.

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