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Merry Christmas to you Ken and also to all participants, readers etc of this great thread/blog. And now for an appropriate thread picture ^_^

 

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Thank you Rene, a very clever card . . . . . . . . . ^_^

 

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I looked all through your book, Ken, and all over the forum, and couldn't find anything about that helmet cover. It must be theater made?

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Mikie

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I looked all through your book, Ken, and all over the forum, and couldn't find anything about that helmet cover. It must be theater made?

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Mikie

 

 

Mikie, that's the elusive airborne M2 Santa cover, seen here in action

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

 

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from the Shoebox photo album . . . . . . . . .

 

Heres an old shot of Pointe du Hoc in the days before it became a theme-park attraction and all fenced off. Stood just below the bunker -mouth is Colin my Jeep passenger at that time when it was possible to scale down the cliffs in front of the bunkers, notice the concrete steps in place at the time. Its not been possible for tourists to reach the cliff face for many years, we visited at a time when it was just abandoned bunkers and shell holes and had to walk through maize fields to reach that point, it wasn't on the tourist route.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

 

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Glad you had some nice sunshine and a good Christmas. Seeing that Jeep in the background made me wonder if you ever buy food at drive through windows in the Jeep. If so I guess you'd had some interesting reactions.

 

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My wife's cousin Cesar invited us up to have the traditional family Christmas Eve gathering at his place about 150 miles from home. Long drive with miserable traffic getting up there but smooth sailing coming back in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

 

My contribution to the feast was a turkey and fixings. That's me in the redish sweater carving up the bird.

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As you can see from the stairway picture, it was a fair sized crowd.

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Hope all your Christmases were merry and bright.

 

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Now THAT is the way to drive to dinner!!

 

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

 

...Kat

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

 

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looks great. A little more fancy than mine

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from the Shoebox photo album . . . . . . . . .

 

Heres an old shot of Pointe du Hoc in the days before it became a theme-park attraction and all fenced off. Stood just below the bunker -mouth is Colin my Jeep passenger at that time when it was possible to scale down the cliffs in front of the bunkers, notice the concrete steps in place at the time. Its not been possible for tourists to reach the cliff face for many years, we visited at a time when it was just abandoned bunkers and shell holes and had to walk through maize fields to reach that point, it wasn't on the tourist route.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

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That's so cool, did you ever find anything there?

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Glad you had some nice sunshine and a good Christmas. Seeing that Jeep in the background made me wonder if you ever buy food at drive through windows in the Jeep. If so I guess you'd had some interesting reactions.

 

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Hi Mikie, hahhaaa drive through outlets haven't really hit Normandy yet, maybe in the large centres of Caen or Cherbourg but little between.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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My wife's cousin Cesar invited us up to have the traditional family Christmas Eve gathering at his place about 150 miles from home. Long drive with miserable traffic getting up there but smooth sailing coming back in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

 

My contribution to the feast was a turkey and fixings. That's me in the redish sweater carving up the bird.

 

 

As you can see from the stairway picture, it was a fair sized crowd.

 

 

Hope all your Christmases were merry and bright.

 

Mikie

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Hi Mikie, nice shots looks like you have a large contingent of relatives, looks like there was a large parcel of food on hand as well, Christmas Day looked good for you all.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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Now THAT is the way to drive to dinner!!

 

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

 

...Kat

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Hi Kat, a shot of Santa-Claus leaving the party . . . . . . . . .

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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My wife's cousin Cesar invited us up to have the traditional family Christmas Eve gathering at his place about 150 miles from home. Long drive with miserable traffic getting up there but smooth sailing coming back in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

 

My contribution to the feast was a turkey and fixings. That's me in the redish sweater carving up the bird.

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As you can see from the stairway picture, it was a fair sized crowd.

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Hope all your Christmases were merry and bright.

 

Mikie

 

Wow Mikie, I though hosting a dinner for 14 was a challenge! Looks like a great time!

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from the Shoebox photo album . . . . . . . . .

 

Heres an old shot of Pointe du Hoc in the days before it became a theme-park attraction and all fenced off. Stood just below the bunker -mouth is Colin my Jeep passenger at that time when it was possible to scale down the cliffs in front of the bunkers, notice the concrete steps in place at the time. Its not been possible for tourists to reach the cliff face for many years, we visited at a time when it was just abandoned bunkers and shell holes and had to walk through maize fields to reach that point, it wasn't on the tourist route.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

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Ken, Seeing photos like this makes me wish I had traveled to Normandy when it was easier to wander around and see the battlefields.

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

 

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Beautiful looking setting! What is served at a traditional Christmas dinner in the Normandy region? Also, for New Year's are there any food traditions?

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looks great. A little more fancy than mine

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Hi Robert, in the photos you sent me it didn't look like there was any shortage of food on the table . . . . . . . . .

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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That's so cool, did you ever find anything there?

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Hi Recon, no we didn't dig for anything, we were just on a sight-seeing trip, next morning we left for Bastogne in the Jeep 650 Kilometres and spent several days in that area. We found some good surplus stores back then, one of the best being at Vielsalm everything they had was virtually WWII American stock, spoons to half-tracks.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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from the Shoebox photo album . . . . . . . . .

 

Heres an old shot of Pointe du Hoc in the days before it became a theme-park attraction and all fenced off. Stood just below the bunker -mouth is Colin my Jeep passenger at that time when it was possible to scale down the cliffs in front of the bunkers, notice the concrete steps in place at the time. Its not been possible for tourists to reach the cliff face for many years, we visited at a time when it was just abandoned bunkers and shell holes and had to walk through maize fields to reach that point, it wasn't on the tourist route.

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

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Hi Ken coincidentally I was looking at pictures on the facebook page 'D-Day Overlord' and came across this picture showing erosion effects at Pointe du Hoc this year. I can't remember if you did rapport about this so for good measure I've added it here. Goes to show that nothing is forever...………….

 

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Hi Kat, a shot of Santa-Claus leaving the party . . . . . . . . .

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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At face value Santa looks suitably 'refreshed' ……...just makes me wonder if he's in a fit enough state to drive :D

 

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My wife's cousin Cesar invited us up to have the traditional family Christmas Eve gathering at his place about 150 miles from home. Long drive with miserable traffic getting up there but smooth sailing coming back in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

 

My contribution to the feast was a turkey and fixings. That's me in the redish sweater carving up the bird.

attachicon.gifCesars house carving turkey.jpg

 

As you can see from the stairway picture, it was a fair sized crowd.

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Hope all your Christmases were merry and bright.

 

Mikie

Hi Mikie, it looks like you all had a good time. That's also quite a fair sized house.....

 

Rene

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Christmas Day lunch . . . . . . . . . . .

 

Twelve of us got together for a lengthy lunch Christmas Day, fortunately there was a 24 hour break in the weather with a beautiful dry sunny day and I had an enjoyable ride there and back in the Jeep.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 26 2019.

 

 

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Hi Ken, it seems there's no way escaping that Jeep, is there……………... ^_^

 

Rene

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. So now it's up towards the New Year. As a precaution I did stock up on some aspirins should the need arise…….. ^_^

 

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Thank you all for the Christmas Greetings . . . . . . . . . .

 

Thanks each of you for adding greetings to the thread, hope it's a healthy and safe Christmas and Happy New Year for each of you and loved ones . . . . . . .

 

ken xx

 

 

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I haven't been able to find one of those helmet covers, but did find this one.

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Hi Kat, a shot of Santa-Claus leaving the party . . . . . . . . .

 

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent, December 27 2019.

 

 

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Oh that is GREAT! It's tied for First Place for Christmas Picture of the Year. The other is this picture of my niece's dogs.

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Both pictures belong on Christmas cards!

 

Mikie

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