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  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    About 20 minutes' walk. You just take the 'corridor' lane up from the ford, across the Trun/Chambois road, and keep going. It's a very quiet, attractive walk and will eventually take you to the Coudehard Chapel on Mont Ormel.

    Have a great trip !:)
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Thank you Martin, i know where the chapel is (i came across it when i was last at Mont Ormel back in August) so if the weather is good i will take the walk.
     
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    Great...Just when I was thinking to let go of yet some more books in my collection and really focus on "my" subjects, I come across this thread and realize that I HAVE to get more into the Normandy-campaign and therefor won't sell off my collection of SS titles...

    Martin, thanks to you I have already widened my Market Garden focus from just the 82nd to the whole campaign and considerably extended my Arnhem library the last few years. Now with these great pics, comments and replies I realize I have to do the same with Normandy....

    Just don't tell the wife yet....She will know soon enough when more books start arriving...
     
  4. Martin Bull

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    Stevin...you know it makes sense !
     
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    I know...I do know....
     
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    It does make sense, there are so many scenes to see or to rediscover.

    Have alook at those air pictures here! (select the departement and the villages you want )

    La Normandie Vue du ciel
     
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    They don't seem to have got around to 'my' bit - Falaise, Chambois, Trun, Vimoutiers.....:confused:
     
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    not yet, the Eure (Evreux, Vernon, les Andelys is ready, the Seine maritime Rouen not completely and the Onre is being done) , I believe there is one picture in the paper every week so about 52 new pictures every year. wessex went to the Eure area and shoud like those.
     
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    He does!
    Cheers chum.
    I'll show the children in the morning. They'll love it too.
    Merci beaucoup.
     
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    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    My bit too....:)
     
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    As you can notice, the Orne section has only a few pics. I will try to find to find another local paper with other modern air pictures. But isn't there a great data base anyway? We often use these as a local background for our artwork .
     
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    Those pics are most interesting, Skipper - it is sad to see so many of these old Normandy towns so badly damaged by bombing. The centre of Vimoutiers today is rather 'soul-less' and uninspiring - unlike many of the older buildings on the outskirts.
     
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    Martin,

    Thanks for all the superb photos i am just starting to concentrate most of my Normandy trips around the Falaise pocket area but every time i have been it has been either raining cloudy or misty so to see some photos in bright conditions with good visibility is great, i have somewhere some info by the DF Battlegroup that opened the pocket so the Germans could withdraw i'l dig it out and post it,

    Paul
     
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    Just one more shot to prove that the sun can shine in Normandy...I was already starting to regret choosing that jacket when I set out early in the morning.....:(

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    Do please post any info re the fighting in this area !
     
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    And here's one on a dull (August) day.

    I just hope the weather is better when i'm there next week.
     

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    Martin,

    I think I put a question to you somewhere else, but saw no answer. So here we go:

    Did you dare driving over the Dives at Moissy Ford? (I did not!)

    Best regards / Mats
     
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    Hello Mats - I think your original question came in while I was over there !;)

    The answer is - no :eek:...but then, the track doesn't really go anywhere much. And when I was there in September, I approached Moissy the best way...on foot, which always gives me a much fuller appreciation for a battlefield.
     
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    Hello Martin!

    I managed to find the road on the other side of the Dives. Had planned to pass the ford with the car, but did not dare! So instead I drove quite the other direction. A very small country-road. But afterwards it struck me that that must have been one of the roads that the germans took on there way to Moissy. Next year I will drive the same way again and make some stops in order to see if I cannot find one or two souvenirs. I am not a collector, but it would be nice to have something as a memory of that area.

    Mats
     
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    You just need a little patience, Mats...if you look at the edges of ploughed fields, or under hedges, you should be able to find one or two vestiges......
     

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