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#1 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:09 AM

Here are some photos from our trip to normandy for the 60th anniversary of dday. i am part of a uk 29th infantry division reenactment society.

Waiting to board the ferry from portsmouth to caen -
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Our police escorted convoy from the ferry terminal -
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#2 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:16 AM

Stopping for a piss-stop (out of the picture are our vehicles - Reo/gmc etc)
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A Parade We (29th, C Co. 116th UK) did with other 29th reenactors from belgium, france, and USA for the veterans of the 29th -
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#3 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:20 AM

More of the parade -
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D-Day.....

We awoke at 03.45am and got changed into our field kit. We set off to Omaha and got through the security (by our passes) - Security was VERY tight.
We got to Omaha beach and was there at 06.30am. Alot of people were there including photographers and film crews.

One of the Veterens a couple of days before said to Chris that we all must get our feet wet on Omaha on the 6th so we did....
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:24 AM

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user posted image - a few of us with a 29th vet who landed first wave on omaha.
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#5 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:30 AM

Me after a staged capture of a church in longville (sp?)
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We re-walked an 8km patrol that the 29th and Rangers did on June 8th 1944 with Dales Normandy 44 and the French Rangers. Villagers all came out of their houses to watch us and cheers us (and kiss us!), they then threw a street party. We were the first people who had done that since 1944.
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 10:21 AM

Very cool pictures!

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 10:41 AM

really a fitting tribute to what the men and {women} did that day and beyond.........i am sure you will remember that day the rest of your life,as we all remember that day 6-6-44 the rest of our's.take care,ron
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:03 PM

Very nice indeed. Only wish I could have been there. Did you run into anybody special? Anybody from say Band of Bros., the real ones, or anything like that? I know old Wild Bill Guarnere(sp) was going to be there along with Major Winter.
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#9 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:37 PM

no, only mainly 29th veterans and british ones. speaking to them made it all worth while though...
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 01:31 PM

Very cool pics but I have one question, How did you get away with bringin' your guns into France? Did you need a
special permit or what? blink.gif
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#11 SgtMartin

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 01:40 PM

im from the uk so all i needed was my deactivation certificate. ph34r.gif
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 02:06 PM

Outstanding!
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 04:19 PM

Couldn't get the pictures, and I have a high-speed connection tha seldom messes up!
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 04:27 PM

That's weird. I tried to download the photos for 20 minutes, gave up, and posted my last message... Now there're all here -- and look great! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 04:53 PM

Great pics! wink.gif

Thatnks for sharing!

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 06:23 PM

Sgt Martin,..That is just way too cool!!!!...I salute you!....Thanks so much for posting those pictures.the BAR on the beach and the Garands and the Tommies...WOW!...you and men did a superb job...if you ever make it to central Florida for a vacation,you must let me know and we`ll head to the range and I`ll put a live Thompson and BAR and STen and mp40 and ... in your hand.Thanks for sharing! wink.gif
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 06:53 PM

Great stuff! I'm gonna show them to my Dad this evening when I visit. He's a WWII vet and will get a kick out of those pics. He got to ride in a WWII tank last summer in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. His 80 yr old smile was ear to ear. Then he got a ride in a German halftrack. It was funny when he told the fellas dressed in German uniforms that "the last time I was this close to fellas in uniforms like that, I'd just captured them and was holding a gun on em." Dad and I plan on visiting Italy and France in the fall of '05. We're gonna revisit the sights where he dodged German 88 artillary.

Also next March I've booked a trip to land on Iwo Jima for the 60th anniversary. Looking forward to that one! My Uncle and I are making that trip. We plan to wear WWII Marine Corp field jackets with the name of another Uncle who was kIA on Iwo stenciled on the back. We're also gonna place a small plaque in his honor on the Island.

Thanks again for the D-Day pics.
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