Tuesday 6 May 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 1 comment
News, Battlefield Tours, Western Front

The battle field tour, following a strategic withdrawal from Gallipoli, is now touring the battlefields of France. Reinforced with fresh recruits from Australia we travelled to Normandy and viewed the Bayeux Tapestry and then on to the site of the Second World War D Day landings.

Scarred terrain at Pointe Du Hoc and cliffs

The Normandy battlefield at Pointe Du Hoc covers 30 acres of undulating and scarred terrain from the D Day battle. The German positions on the cliff tops at Pointe Du Hoc revealed to the tour just how exposed the American Forces were when they landed on Omaha Beach. The Germans considered the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc to be unassailable from the beach. The 225 man Ranger Force, however, were tasked to scale the steep cliffs and take out the guns. They accomplished their objective using specially designed climbing equipment but with a cost of many casualties. Of the 225 combatants only 90 remained.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

We finished our tour of Normandy with a visit to the site of the Mulberry Harbour B. Built in Britain under great secrecy, the harbour was transported in pieces via the English Channel to Normandy to supply the Allies during the invasion. The construction of the Harbour commenced 3 days after the D Day landings and was in use within 14 days to land over two and a half million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4,000,000 tonnes of supplies. The remains of the harbour are still visible today from the beaches at Arromanches.

  

Wreckage of the Mulberry Harbour B on Arromanches Beach

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Stuart Scowcroft

I am a documentary maker based in Australia producing a film about the Australian experience of the European theatre of war culminating in the D Day landings. I am seeking veterans who might be prepared to be interview for the film about their experiences and memories. British veterans who now live in Australia would be most welcome as well. I would be very grateful for any information about anyone who might be prepared to be in it. Please feel free to call me on +612 94995980 or use our email stuart@intomedia.com.au Stuart Scowcroft