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Mont Saint-Michel Normandy - August 1944

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Carters Steam Fair is currently in our local park, leaves end of this weekend. Talking to one of the staff and still no buyer has been found to keep it going.

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manayunkman

I love the little doggie!!

 

She’s on the lookout to stop trouble in the tea room.

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1 hour ago, Escht said:

Carters Steam Fair is currently in our local park, leaves end of this weekend. Talking to one of the staff and still no buyer has been found to keep it going.

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Neat!   It's been a looooong time since I've seen anything like that here.  Have fun! 

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4 hours ago, doyler said:

Mont Saint-Michel Normandy - August 1944

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Hi Ron,

 

I took many similar shots from up on the higher levels, sadly they must all be on a now defunct computer or hopefully on a memory stick.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  August 04  2022.

 

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General Apathy
4 hours ago, doyler said:

Allied Forces first entered Mont Saint-Michel on August 1st, 1944.

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Hi Ron,

 

this is the classic side that 99% of all shots of the mount are taken.  I believe that a number of the WWII US War Correspondents stayed at the hotel on the far left of this photo.  Just consider for a moment that not one man would have ever seen this building work from start to finish.  

 

Below is the first friend I made who also had a Jeep at the time I started, he had already travelled by Jeep to Le Mount Saint Michel and North Africa before I met him, he taught me a lot about maintenance and off-roading.  

 

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Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  August 04  2022.

 

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3 hours ago, Escht said:

Carters Steam Fair is currently in our local park, leaves end of this weekend. Talking to one of the staff and still no buyer has been found to keep it going.

 

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Hi Kevin,

 

thanks, love the shot you managed to take of the RAF squadrons on the chair ride, the artwork is stunning, and all bearing a Kings crown above them.  

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  August 04  2022.

 

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11 hours ago, General Apathy said:

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Hi Kevin,

 

thanks, love the shot you managed to take of the RAF squadrons on the chair ride, the artwork is stunning, and all bearing a Kings crown above them.  

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  August 04  2022.

 

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Hi Ken

We took the grandkids down so they could try out a few of the rides whilst it's still going. The 14 Sqn badge means something to us as our best friends son is a pilot in that unit. I also sent him the picture which he loved. A couple more more general shots of the planes plus the Squadron Crests.

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US Dodge 6x6 WC truck and 57mm AT gun in Rennes France after the liberation of the city in August 1944

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General Apathy
On 7/29/2022 at 12:53 AM, doyler said:

Périers / Saint-Sauveur-Lendelin Normandy France - July 1944

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Hi Ron,

 

Below is a frontal shot of the Town Hall in Periers which is seen on the left in the photo you added, I did a comparison shot of the Town Hall and posted a couple of years ago but my computer has separated them into separate files somewhere, next time I go to Periers I will take more comparisons of both yours and mine .

 

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US Soldiers chat with local residents in Granville Normandy at an abandoned German checkpoint after the town was liberated - August 1944

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13 hours ago, doyler said:

US Soldiers chat with local residents in Granville Normandy at an abandoned German checkpoint after the town was liberated - August 1944

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Nice one. Sometimes I forget that things actually had color back in the 40s.

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Today's flea market find . . . . . . . . .

 

we visited a street flea market this morning and I spotted this small window frame for sale, there were broken panes of glass at the top that had been covered over internally with a wartime food carton. I didn't ask the price it was more of a museum piece than something for me, the carton was dated ' 10-44 ' and appeared to hold twelve large tins, possibly food.

 

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manayunkman

Good morning Ken, it’s morning here, did you take more pictures of the flea market?

 

I would love to see what the Norman’s are trying to get rid of.

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18 minutes ago, manayunkman said:

Good morning Ken, it’s morning here, did you take more pictures of the flea market?

 

I would love to see what the Norman’s are trying to get rid of.

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Hi Peter.

 

No I didn't take any other shots,  it was about a fifth of the size that it was about five, maybe six years ago.  on the way back we passed through two other villages that were having flea markets we stopped and walked along the stands but little of anything interesting. I would say modern house clutter, baby clothes, Ikea wall art, CD & DVD racks.  

 

The friend I went with bought a shallow 1950's leather edged picnic suit-case that held four tall legs, and two folding canvas chairs that converted the suit-case into a picnic table for his wife's vintage car.

 

Norman D. Landing, Forum Normandy Correspondent,  August 07  2022.

 

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Liberation of Miniac-Morvan in Brittany France - August 4, 1944

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Liberation of Miniac-Morvan in Brittany France - August 4, 1944

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Liberation of Miniac-Morvan in Brittany France - August 4, 1944

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I think the location of the last photo might have been the intersection of (what is now) Rue du Générale de Gaulle and Place de l'Eglise, but the buildings on the left don't match up?

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On 8/6/2022 at 12:42 PM, Johan Willaert said:

In the Danger Zone…

 

 

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Should have added the original on which the above sign was based… Put up by the Canadian Forces in Europe in 1944-45

 

 

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On 8/7/2022 at 2:23 PM, General Apathy said:

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Today's flea market find . . . . . . . . .

 

we visited a street flea market this morning and I spotted this small window frame for sale, there were broken panes of glass at the top that had been covered over internally with a wartime food carton. I didn't ask the price it was more of a museum piece than something for me, the carton was dated ' 10-44 ' and appeared to hold twelve large tins, possibly food.

 

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I made the above post on Sunday evening after visiting a street flea market and seeing a window frame for sale with cardboard ration box covers nailed to the framework.  It was fairly common for wartime & post-war farmers to use or adapt anything they could grab.  This is  a small section of a German camouflage material that had been used again to cover a broken window, I originally posted it around 2010 when I was given it.

 

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I picked up a couple of Vietnam era items at our monthly flea market this weekend. But on the way back I stopped at  a random estate sale that I happened to pass. And I may have it one outta the ballpark?  I found this book about the WWII US Navy hospital ship USS Solace. It has an inscription signed by the author Pat Daly .  Bought it for $2.00. I knew a little about the ship before, but never saw a whole book about her.  I tried to research it when I got home and found almost nothing about the book or the author anywhere online. Daly was onboard her during the Pearl harbor attack, so it seems I got a rare book, and a Pearl Harbor veteran signature for 2 bucks. I'll post bout this elsewhere on the forum and see if anyone knows anything more about the book.  Hope so because I'm not finding much at all.  I love a good mystery book, but in this case, the mystery IS the book. 

Mikie

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I just finished a recently published book that I think you guys will really enjoy, because it covers the Normandy Campaign in great detail and discusses numerous engagements in and around the area where you all post those great before and after photos.  The book title is “Fierce Valor” by Jared Frederick & Erik Door.  It’s a biography of sorts about Ron Speirs, who was in Easy Company, 506th PIR.  LT/CPT Spiers was the controversial member of “The Band of Brothers” for some his alleged actions on DDay.  
 

On another note, a couple of days ago, I posted a few photos in the “Grouping Page” sub-forum of some WWII items my 94 year-old mother in-law recently found hidden away in a closet, that her husband, Amos Chason, brought back from his time with the 17th Airborne Division during WWII.  Take a look if you get a chance.

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