Ham and Jam the movie

A few years ago some of you may remember I walked to Normandy for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings. One of my primary objectives was to get to Ranville by the 4th of June so I could be at Pegasus Bridge for the morning of the 5th of June to commemorate the men of the Ox’s and Bucks who landed in gliders to capture the river and canal bridges over the river Orne. The original post can be found here.

At the time I was contacted by Lance Nielsen who was in the process of directing a film about Pegasus Bridge, but as I was travelling and living out of a rucksack I missed the messages and it got lost in my emails. Recently I found the feedback again whilst auditing an email account and contacted Lance about the movie to see how things are coming along.

Movies take a long time to go from conception to completion it seems but the project seems to be moving along nicely. You can follow the progress at http://pegasusbridgethemovie.com/ . Lance seems to have a real passion for the story so I think this will be more factual than if it was being made in Hollywood and I await the release with baited breath. I encourage you to spread the word as this is a story the needs to be told.

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Seventy Years Ago Today: Utah Beach, Normandy

Having just walked all of the Airborne and Seaborne landing sites in Normandy I am reblogging this. Lest We Forget.

Hugh Nibley [off the record]

Photo of American soldiers onboard a ship approaching the coast of Normandy. American soldiers wait onboard their ship as they approach the coast of Normandy, June 6, 1944. Photo: National Archive

There was a big French battleship blazing away right next to us, and the Germans zeroed in on us with their 88s as we put the rope over the side and started to swarm down into the landing craft. As soon as I got down the rope ladder, the very spot where I should have been waiting on the ship was hit by an 88, and half a dozen tankmen were blown up. The chaplain I had been talking to was wounded. 

The landing craft went in as far as it could, and then there were still a couple of hundred yards – quite a way to go yet. I climbed in the Jeep and revved her up. I had packed it with sandbags so we could get some hold on…

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U.S. Airborne in Cotentin

Originally I had planned to do separate posts of both the 82nd “All American” Airborne Division and the 101st “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division but as they both dropped in Cotentin and were widely scattered elements of each would fight together. Continue reading

Azeville and Crisbecq Batteries

Protecting the Utah coast were 2 German Batteries the one at Azeville and the one at Crisbecq I am posting about them both at the same time because there is a link to what happened to them on D-Day. Continue reading

Linking Omaha and Utah Beaches

Once the beaches at Omaha were secure the next task for the American’s would be to take the port of Grandcamp and link up with Utah beach at Carentan. Continue reading