Normandy D-Day Invasion Beaches–Sword, Juno, and Gold

 

Juno Beach Memorial in Normandy

This photo shows the students at the center of Juno Beach, the second from the left flank of the Allied attack on D-Day in Normandy. Canadian, Free French and British soldiers assaulted Juno Beach. The Canadian tanks that came ashore on Juno spearheaded the inland assault toward Caen and were essential in defending the troops from the subsequent German counterattack with their Panzer Divisions.

Juno Beach Memorial Honoring Charles de Gaulle

This Juno Beach memorial honors French General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French forces. The bottom of the French text indicates: Here at Courseulles on the 14th of June 1944 Charles De Gaulle, The Liberator, reclaimed the territory of France.

Students at Gold Beach

These students are on the heights overlooking Gold Beach and the French city of Arromanches. Behind the students in the center of the photograph are bombardons, remaining parts of the critically important artificial harbor code named the "Mulberries". The bombardons were hugh concrete barges made up in Scotland and before D-Day, the Allied Navies coordinated the construction of these artifical harbors just off the coast of Normandy. Two were built originally, one at Omaha Beach and one at Gold Beach, but the one a the American beach at Omaha was swept away in a huge storm on the English Channel a few weeks after D-Day. The Gold Beach Mulberry Harbor was THE key logistical link keeping the troops supplied with modern weapons and supplies and it was in used until May 1945.

Group photo and the German guns at Longues-sur-Mer

This group photo also shows one of the German artillery guns and bunkers at the location in Normandy of the Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. These guns could reach the beaches of Gold and Omaha and were also a threat to the Allied ships in the Channel off the coast of Normandy. British infantry troops attacked the positions of the guns and captured them just after D-Day.

Inside German Bunker at Longues-sur-Mer

These students are inside one of the bunkers of the guns at Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy.

Students and Poppies in Normandy

These students found their poppies growing wild on the edge of the field surrounding the German guns at Longues-sur-Mer. They had studied the poem by Canadian doctor from WWI, John McCrae, who had written "In Flanders Field". The British and the American VFW and American Legion use the poppy today as a memorial flower especially because of that poem.

For the full text of the poem, click on this weblink below:

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm

 

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