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M. Podyma Interview at Mont-Ormel

The hill at Mont-Ormel, overlooks the site of the last and one of the bloodiest battles of Normandy. It was here that the Allied forces enclosed the Germans in a pincer movement, forcing tens of thousands of German soldiers to retreat through an ever-narrowing gap – the ‘Falaise gap’ or ‘Falaise pocket’ as it’s often called. The road along which the Germans had to flee became piled high with the carnage of corpses, dead horses, abandoned carriages and tanks, that the Germans called it, ‘the Corridor of Death.’

M. Podyma is a franco-polish veteran, who landed at Arromanches on Gold Beach in July 1944 and fought in the 1st Polish Armoured Division through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany until 8th May, 1945. He played a decisive role in the battle of Mont-Ormel – from August 7th until August 21st, he found himself on the front line. On August 18th, 1944 he was confronted with the 2nd SS Panzer ‘Das Reich’ Division. On August 20th at Boisjos, he saved his Sherman tank and his two radios from destruction – this action allowed the Canadian artillery to direct their fire to the German troops and to circle them.

Since the war, M. Podyma has participated in all the major commemorative events at Mont Ormel. He will be 93 in a couple of months’ time.

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Czech Re-enactors

After our visit to the 360 Cinema in Arromanches, Maggie and I ran into a group of men from the Czech Republic who were in WW2 military dress!

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5th June 2014 – Sunset

On the evening of the 5th June 2014 (the night before D-Day), Maggie and I went to Gold Beach in Asnelles to view the fireworks.

Check out the beautiful view of the Mulberry harbour in the photo gallery below.

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#DDay70: Arromanches

Arromanches had lots going on this year for the 70th D-Day Anniversary.

Crowds gathered around Gold Beach on June 7th to watch French and British aircraft perform an air show to commemorate the 70th D-Day Anniversary.

Several Second World War RAF planes and a French Airforce display team flew over the D-Day landing site.

Last year, I was told that Arromanches was a primary target for the Allies. The beach was needed to set up a temporary port for supplies and weapons. Operation Neptune was the original invasion of the Normandy coastline, but the invasion would be unsuccessful if allied troops couldn’t withstand the German counter-attacks.

Operation Mulberry involved the building of two harbours in Arromanches. Both these harbours were built with components made from England. A total of 40,000 people worked on these components in preparation for D-Day.

Arromanches also had a history before the Second World War. The strategic positioning of the beach has made it a vital location in defending France from sea-borne attacks for hundreds of years.

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