Mont Saint-Michel – the jewel of Normandy

Dating back to the 6th century, Mont Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Normandy, France. Built on a tidal island it has been used as a strategic fortification and since the 8th century the site of the monastery for which it is today named. The Benedictine abbey that stands there today is dedicated archangel St…

The Tiger of Vimoutiers

June 1st, 2012 Just outside the French town of Vimoutiers in Western France (an hour South East of Caen) is a very rare sight. A massive World War Two era German Tiger I tank (Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E)! This was something I certainly had never seen before and being a military history buff I went off the major…

D-Day June 6th, 1944: Normandy Beach Landings

On June 6th, 1944 the largest ever invasion fleet was massed off the coast of France. Code-named “Operation Overlord” the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy (code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches) marked the return of Allied troops to Western France, including U.S., British, Canadian and Free French forces and another major…

D-Day June 6th, 1944: The Airborne Assault

As part of the Allied D-Day landings of World War Two to invade France on June 6th, 1944 the seaborne landings on the beaches of Normandy (code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches) were preceded around 5 hours earlier by a two-pronged night airborne assault by Allied paratroopers. American paratroopers from the 82nd “All American“ and 101st “Screaming…