Normandy and Falaise

Via Eurostar, London/Caen (change in Paris). Visiting sites that are often missed, and some new monuments like the impressive BRITISH NORMANDY MEMORIAL at Ver-sur-Mer, dedicated to soldiers who died under British command during the Normandy landings. It records the names of 22,442 people from more than 30 countries, killed in Normandy from 6 June to 31 August 1944. We will see also the scenes of Sgt. Hollis’ VC action and the Mont Fleury battery; and the Crepon memorial to the Green Howards. Thence to the beautiful Bény-sur-Mer Canadian CWGC, where three from the same family are buried – not, sadly, unique. One family, the Wagners of Teeterville, Ontario, have a son buried in Bény-sur-Mer, a second on the road to Falaise in the Bretteville-sur-Laize cemetery, and a third in Groesbeek, Holland.

We will also visit Creully, site of Monty’s chateau HQ. And make a study of Sword Beach, and the Hillman bunkers nearby; before going on to Villers Bocage (the site of Wittman’s action), and then the site of his nemesis. On to Falaise and the closing of the Gap – Mont Ormel and the Polish museum; Moisy Ford where the retreating Germans were caught by Allied fighter-bombers; and St Laurent-sur-Dives where the Canadian Major Curry won his VC.

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