About

I first visited Normandy in 1979 when I travelled there with my father, a WW2 veteran. I was lucky on that first visit to meet Major John Howard DSO, the commander whose men liberated Pegasus Bridge. I have been visiting the area ever since and have been guiding battlefield tours there for Leger Holidays since 1998. In May 2012 I published my first book on Normandy, Walking D-Day.

I have been lucky to interview and visit the D-Day area with hundreds of WW2 veterans and this blog and the D-Day +70 website is dedicated to them and their comrades who never came home from the fields of Normandy.

The website for this blog with information on the 70th Anniversary: www.dday70.co.uk

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  1. Hi there. Both my grandfathers served in WWII but as South Africans in Italy, however, my family on my mothers side (DuPont) came from that area in France . I watched the 65th anniversary of D-Day on BBC news from Cape Town – I was so touched and felt inspired to write this song. You can listen on soundcloud at

  2. Further to my recent comment how strange that I am invited to be in the Parade at ST-MARIE EGLISE with the AMERICANS no problem with our allies how come there is there a problem to find out how to get our unit’s Banner included with all the other Banners that will be flying at SWORD BEACH

    • Sorry every one I don’t appear to have sent my previous comment correctly I am taking a ROYAL ARTILLERY BANNER to NORMANDY this BATTERY was part of 50TH DIV who landed on SWORD BEACH on 6th June 1944 the BATTERY IS 205( 3rd DURHAM VOLLENTIERS ).I am very disgruntled that I can’t find out how my units banner can be flown at SWORD BEACH with all the other banners to pay respect and homage to the men of the unit who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom

      • Hi Dave – unfortunately it is not up to me which banners can be flown or displayed where; you would have to contact the French authorities in Normandy or RBL to discuss this, although if they were in 50th Division wouldn’t they have landed at Gold Beach on D-Day?

  3. I may be wrong but they must be respected as the heroes that they were, I have tried the RBL the French each one blames the other all the way down the line perhaps the National Press would love a report like this that respect is not being given to our fallen heroes of D-DAY 1944 are you able to tell me who you are please ……Dave

  4. The original D Day maps are held in the sleepy village of Southwick. Over the weekend of 7th/8th June they are holding celebrations, guided map tours and you can pop into the pub where Churchill and Eisenhower had a drink. Just thought I would mention it as I couldn’t see it on the posts 🙂 It is a beautiful village with much history that is sometimes overlooked!

  5. Hi Paul
    Great site and very useful (a group of supporters from my charity are cycling to Normandy on the 5th!).
    Legasee interview veterans so that future generations can learn about our history through the people who were in the thick of the action.
    I wondered if you might like to use this clip of a chap we interviewed in 2011:
    http://legasee.org.uk/the-archive/george-bayliss/
    I think he sums up the 70th very well.
    If you want a link let me know.
    Cheers
    martin Bisiker

  6. Hi There!

    I thought you might be interested in this event related to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Kindly share it with others who may be interested. Please find details below:

    Invitation – Spectacle commémoratif GRATUIT :

    Spectacle son et lumière, par Luc Petit Création

    TEXAS AGGIES GO TO WAR

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Ce vendredi 16 mai 2014 à 21h30
    sur le Site du Mardasson, à Bastogne

    Spectacle commémoratif « Texas Aggies Go to War » réalisé dans le cadre des commémorations du Memorial Day
    et du 70ème anniversaire de la Bataille des Ardennes.

    Ce spectacle vivant sera accompagné d’une projection sur le Monument du Mardasson et sera présenté sous forme de tableaux thématiques
    et historiques qui retraceront la vie de 5 Texas A&M Aggies* ainsi que les moments clés du second conflit mondial et de la Bataille des Ardennes.

    *(Aggies = nom donné aux étudiants et diplômés de l’Université Texas A&M)

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Spectacle du Bastogne War Museum co- conçu par Tempora et Luc Petit Création,
    mis en scène par Luc Petit Création

    Film de présentation sur le lien suivant : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdu-Sdb7n4

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    Uitnodiging : GRATIS HERDENKINGSSPEKTAKEL
    KLANK- EN LICHTSPEL :
    TEXAS AGGIES GO TO WAR

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Deze vrijdag 16 mei 2014 om 21u30
    op de site van het Mardasson Memorial, te Bastogne

    Herinneringsspektakel “Texas Aggies Go To War” dat deeluitmaakt van de herdenkingsactiviteiten en festiviteiten die plaatsvinden in Bastogne in het kader van Memorial Day en van de 70e verjaardag van de Slag om de Ardennen.

    Dit levendige spektakel zal bestaan uit een projectie op het Mardassonmonument en zal voorgesteld worden in de vorm van thematische en historische taferelen die het leven van 5 Aggies* en de belangrijkste momenten van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en de Slag om de Ardennen huldigt.

    *Aggies = de naam gegeven aan de studenten en gediplomeerden van de Texas A&M-universiteit.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Spektakel van het Bastogne War Museum ontworpen door Tempora en Luc Petit CREATION
    en gerealiseerd door Luc Petit CREATION.

    Link voor presentatiefilm : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDPzBaj3WM4

    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    INVITATION – Free Commemorative Show
    Sound and light show :
    TEXAS AGGIES GO TO WAR

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    This Friday May 16, 2014 at 9.30 PM

    at the Mardasson Memorial, Bastogne (Belgium)

    Commemorative show “Texas Aggies Go to War” that will form part of the commemoration and celebration activities
    to take place in Bastogne as part of Memorial Day and the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

    This live show will consist of a projection on the Mardasson Monument and will be presented in the form of subject-based and historical tableaux, that will recount the lives of 5 Aggies and the key moments in the Second World War and the Battle of the Bulge.

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    To design and produce this show, organised by the Bastogne War Museum, Tempora
    has joined forces with the Luc Petit CREATION company
    to develop a joint production, which has been staged by Luc Petit CREATION.

    The show presentation can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDPzBaj3WM4

    Address:
    Mardasson Memorial
    6600 Bastogne (Belgium)
    Info : +32 61 210 220 – info@bastognewarmuseum.be

    Word
    Bastogne.spectacle 16 mai.com de presse.doc

    Texas Aggies Go To War – 16 MAI 2014

    TEXAS Aggies Go To War – May 16, 2014

  7. Hi, great site and hopefully you can offer some information regarding my fathers regiment.
    My dad served with 61st anti tank RA , 51st Highland division.
    My dad was injured during the battle for Caen.
    I’m trying to search my fathers footsteps thought WW2.
    I do have his service papers but I find them hard to understand / read.

    I would love to know more about my fathers regiment.
    I’m guessing he landed on Gold or Sword beach during D-Day ?

    Regards
    Paul Baker

    • Hello if you go the Royal Artillery web site you can trace your fathers Regimental involvement on D-Day till the was disbanded Dave Robinson

  8. Hi, my grandfather was a Gold Beach veteran and his medals, knife and cap badge are in the museum in Ver-Sur-Mer. I have created a website in his memory and for others interested in the D-Day landings and all surrounding it. It is http://www.bernardgregory.com, it has an interview with Bernard as well as photos of his life as a soldier and after the war including photos from a girl he rescued Nicole De Villez and still in touch with today. Thank you and we look forward to arriving in Normandy this week.

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