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My Normandy Trip
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, June 9, 2019 3:53 PM

This is a follow up post to my previous thread about the trip my wife surprised me with. The cruise took us to several locations in England, Scotland, Ireland and Guernsey. But to me the clincher was to be in Normandy on June 5th. Here are just a few pictures of Guernsey and the German tunnels there and our brief tour of the Normandy invasion area. The place was a mad house with tons of tourists and traffic jams galore but well worth the visit.

The La Valette Underground Museum in Guernsey is a must place to visit. The Germans occupied this channel island along with Jersey Island and had these tunnels dug up. They are filled with thousands of personal items, uniforms, weapons, medals etc from both the German and British sides.

Yours truly at the entrance.

there are hundreds of display cases like these holding a magnificent militaria collection.

 

This is the first time I have seen an actual Kriegsmarine uniform

Lots of re enactors all over in Normandy

Lots of American armor and Jeeps!

 

check out the tag on this Sherman

Pointe du hoc was scaled by the Rangers the following day on the 6th. Unfortunately we could not stay for this historic re enactment.

The German observation bunker at Le Pointe du hoc

The Ranger memorial in the shape of the fighting dagger

The plaques inside the bunker listing the names of the youg men from the 2nd Ranger Batallion that died taking this position on June 6, 1944. 

Look at the size of these craters, probably 500 lb bombs dropped by the Air Force.

And the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach

I zoomed in on a couple of markers and just hapenned to capture the grave of the highest US ranking serviceman buried there. I had no clue till I got home and reviewed the pictures.

This was an amazing trip thru history, starting with castles dating back to the 1100's in Scotland up to WWII and the Normandy landings. I took over 1300 pictures so I just barely listed all that we saw. Hope you enjoy the photography courtesy of my I Phone!

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Posted by The Drifter on Sunday, June 9, 2019 4:12 PM

PJ,

Absolutely amazing!! Your photos made me feel like I was there also. You got to see some very wonderful things. I am pleased that you and your wife had such a wonderful trip.

Jeff

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, June 9, 2019 5:15 PM

PJ, thank you for sharing these photos here. That must have been a fantastic trip!

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, June 9, 2019 5:57 PM

Nice must of been a heck of adventure. 

Nick.

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Posted by Greg on Sunday, June 9, 2019 5:58 PM

Sounds like you trip managed to exceed your expectations. So glad you had a great time, and thank you for sharing some pics. Looks pretty awesome to me.

Welcome Sign home, PJ.

-Greg

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Posted by fox on Sunday, June 9, 2019 8:45 PM

 Looks like a fantastic trip. Great pics. Thanks for sending them. Felt like we were there with you.

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Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:07 PM

Beautiful pictures from a trip of a lifetime.

The timing was perfect for a modeler and student of history.  Thanks for sharing and I hope we can see more in the future as you work on projects that may be tied to your trip memories.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, June 9, 2019 10:28 PM

Cool trip PJ Yes I'd love to go to the Isles and see Normandy while I was at it. Trip of a lifetime.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Monday, June 10, 2019 5:43 AM

WOW!  What a trip Ernie.  That is amazing!!!

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, June 10, 2019 6:31 AM
Great pictures of a great trip,would love to go,there Paris,and England,but I can't see it happening for me.Glad you had a great time.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:02 AM

Hey thanks all and glad you all like my pictures.  I didn’t want to over load the thread with pictures but I can add a few more. For those of you that follow Games of Thrones and Highlander, we went to the castle in Scotland where some scenes were filmed. Man it was cold, damp and even colder inside the castle. 

We also visited Liverpool and had to see the Beatles Museum and the German U534 display. Quite an experipence indeed.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:13 AM

PlasticJunkie;

 Thank you for the photos .My real father was in the Kriegsmarine .Shot by the S.S. for something we don't know about .I do know he refused to join the Nazi party !Many Good Men from more than one country paid a heavy price that day. They bought my freedom for sure!At a very heavy price .May they always be remembered and rest in peace for a job Well Done !

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 10, 2019 11:12 AM

Tanker - Builder

PlasticJunkie;

 Thank you for the photos .My real father was in the Kriegsmarine .Shot by the S.S. for something we don't know about .I do know he refused to join the Nazi party !Many Good Men from more than one country paid a heavy price that day. They bought my freedom for sure!At a very heavy price .May they always be remembered and rest in peace for a job Well Done !

 

Oh you are welcome TB. Sorry to hear about what hapenned your dad. He sounds like he was a stand up guy who paid the price simply because of what he believed in. Lots of good men were lost on both sides. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 10, 2019 1:38 PM

PJ,

Great photos from the Normandy area.  Must have been an exciting and emotional trip.

I do note that you have that "southern gentleman" look down pat!  Wink

gary

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 10, 2019 2:07 PM

What a fine trip! I would like to go there some time too. The coast up there and all the way around the peninsula is spectacular.

How does a Norman get his fruit portion? He drinks Calvados.

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, June 10, 2019 2:14 PM

Hi, Ernie - Thanks so much for the great photos, not overdone at all, I hope you'll post more.

I've never been to that place where the men scaled the cliff, but seeing your photo drew my attention to the beach area at the base. I couldn't help but to envision what that beach looked like on that day, the terrible loss of very young men, on both sides. I can imagine the air was filled with smoke, and I'm saddened to think of the suffering that so many experienced.

The bomb craters also left a clear image of what happened then. At this moment I am offering heartfelt and sincere appreciation, for what so many gave, on that terrible day and so many other days as well. Thank you to all veterans.

Thanks, Ernie

Patrick

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Posted by Bish on Monday, June 10, 2019 3:09 PM

Glad you enjoyed the trip PJ, glad the weather held out. Those photo's are amazing.

Thanks for posting.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, June 10, 2019 4:41 PM

So many cool things to see!  I would love to see those DKM uniforms in person.

Chad

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 10, 2019 5:17 PM

Mopar Madness

So many cool things to see!  I would love to see those DKM uniforms in person.

 

Well Chad, how about a U Boat?

  

 

Interior views showing some seldom seen details. The U Boat was cut in several sections and plexiglass seals each of the sections. I put my phone right up on the plexi and took the pictures which came out very clear. Amanzingly, all hands got out before going under so it wans't declared a military grave site.

 

 

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, June 10, 2019 9:46 PM

Now I’m getting light headed! Thats a very rare living piece of history right there.  I can almost smell the oil and diesel.  To see something in person that you’ve only seen in books and magazines must’ve been quite the thrill!

Chad

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 10, 2019 9:57 PM

I'm sure that must have been a fantastic trip.  Thanks for the photos - and the sub... just shows maybe not pull off so much spot filter.  Great stuff.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, June 10, 2019 11:59 PM

That's fascinating. The U-3523 as you know was a type XXI. She was sunk with all hands.

I read somewhere that the amount of effort and materials wasted on the aircraft carriers project could have resulted in another 100 type VII/ type IX boats. I suppose it's good that didn't happen.

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:57 AM

Oh wow!!! Thanks for the photos of the beach-head and the U-boat! Sounds like you had a fantastic trip!! 

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Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:36 PM

Very cool to see your pictures, PJ. These images move me because of their significance, and for me, it's personal too. Both of my parents and their siblings were caught up in that war when Poland fell to Germany, and very quickly they were assimilated into German work camps as slave labor. The stories I have heard...

It is important history that we should never forget.

Thank you much for sharing.

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:26 PM

PJ--one other thing. Your Jeep picture is helpful to me. I am working on a Jeep from that era and your image answered a few questions I had. Perfect shot for what I needed. Thanks!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:55 PM

Baxter

Sorry have been away but I have a few more Jeep pictures if you can use them. Sorry about your family getting caught in the middle of madness. 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 22, 2019 2:33 PM

plasticjunkie

Baxter

Sorry have been away but I have a few more Jeep pictures if you can use them. Sorry about your family getting caught in the middle of madness. 

 

PJ, yeah if you don’t mind, it might be helpful. Particularly, I will have issues with the frame and how the wheels align. Anything you have might help. And if not, it will still be cool to see.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:26 PM

 

 

 Hope these help you out Baxter.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:55 PM

PJ, those are great reference shots. It is cool to see all those variations, nice job capturing them.

Thanks buddy, they are helpful and cool to see.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:38 PM
 

Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:55 PM

PJ, those are great reference shots. It is cool to see all those variations, nice job capturing them.

Thanks buddy, they are helpful and cool to see

 

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