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Normandy 2010 : 

Normandy 2010

Dunkirk May 1940 : 

Dunkirk May 1940 British and French Troops are pushed further and further back towards the Coast by the Blitzkrieg tactics of Hitler’s Nazi Stormtroopers, Tanks and Stuka Bombers. To prevent the BEF being captured, the Evacuation of Dunkirk rescued thousands of troops from the beaches. Europe was now almost totally in Nazi hands.

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Safe at last, good to be home

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In the grip of Nazi control Europe waited, hopefully, for three years, for rescue. Fighting in the East was fierce, Stalin called on Britain and the USA to open a ‘second front’. With the US involved after Pearl Harbor the allies made plans for the invasion of Europe. All over the South of England preparations were made, Winston Churchill visited Southampton to see the preparations

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Mulberry Floating Harbours were made to be towed to Normandy for the second phase of landings, one of these can still be seen in Langstone Harbour Portsmouth Petrol was going to be piped from Shanklin on the Isle of Wight in a huge pipeline made in Eastleigh

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And all over England Scientists worked to create the ‘Funnies’ specialist weapons to help clear the beaches Diversions were created to try to fool the Germans into thinking the invasion would arrive elsewhere along the Northern coast of France

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There was even a dummy attack on Dieppe in the months before D-Day, the men knew they were probably on a suicide mission The film ‘The Man Who Never Was’ tells the story of a carefully laid plan to fool Hitler by ‘planting’ the body of an airman with false plans on the French coast.

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Eventually in June 1944 all was ready Paratroops were despatched Ships left ports all along the South Coast Gliders prepared to leave airfields The Mulberries began their slow journey across the channel while in France the ‘Maquis’, the resistance, began their campaign of sabotage

Many resistance workers lost their lives in battle or against a wall : 

Many resistance workers lost their lives in battle or against a wall But when allied troops arrived the resistance was there to help

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As day broke, so the navy bombardment began to try to weaken the well established defences along the Normandy Coast

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Some of the first group troop landings took place at the Caen Canal, the taking of Pegasus Bridge by British Glider borne troops.

One of the most well known of the Caen landings personnel is Major John Howard : 

One of the most well known of the Caen landings personnel is Major John Howard

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Troops began to land at timed intervals to match the tide

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Eventually the troops landed, taking heavy losses. Beachheads had to be established.

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Some of the worst losses were taken by the American troops at Omaha Beach and at Pointe du Hoc.

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The Pointe was bombed It was climbed And eventually taken

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Gradually as the days wore on and in the face of fierce resistance the allied troops took back France, moved into Germany, to Berlin and the end of the War in Europe. Our visit will give you a tiny snapshot of the events of 1944 into 1945, remember, ponder and, when older and have a ‘voice’, work to end conflict in the world. It’s your world, take care of it and the people who live in it.

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