Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Linde Güldner tractor ...

... Linde-Güldner Logo ...
... vintage tractor Linde Güldner G-15 (1967), 
features a side seat and back standing platform ...


... about Güldner ... (EN)
by jarlef.no
... The Güldner story, a short version ...
... Hugo
Güldner started in 1894 to develop a two-stroke engine,
and some years later together with Rudolf Diesel
he succeeded in making a two-stroke diesel engine ... 

Monday, August 30, 2010

Géfosse-Fontenay ...

... after Fontenay's 13th century church was ruined, Géfosse became
the central point of the parish. the church of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul,
also partly of the 13th century,was modified in the 17th century.
The belltower was placed in the centre of the building
 and covered with a saddle roof ...
source: infoboard - mon village se raconte 
... farm 'Ferme de Jaro' ... 
... an exotic garden cushioned by the warmth of
the house walls and the mild micro-climate ...
... some goldfish in a rainwater stock tank ...
... old barns are wonderfully mysterious, nostalgic, and inviting ...
... the hayloft with vaulted and beamed ceiling ...
... room with a view ...
 ... the walled vegetable garden ...
... a cozy log fire place in the breakfast room and a copious breakfast
that will surely help us go through the whole day! ...


Géfosse-Fontenay ...
... the communes of Géfosse-en-Bessin and Fontenay-sur-le-Vey
were amalgated in 1861. These communes probably date back to the 9th century.
Géfosse was at that time a port for mooring boats which crossed the Bay of Veys.
Edward III's English fleet moored there in 1346, during the Hundred Years' War.
source: infoboard - mon village se raconte

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Pointe du Hoc ...

... map of Pointe du Hoc, D-day battleground ...
1. air defense artillery position - 2. artillery position
3. artillery casemate - 4. personnel shelter
5. munitions bunker - 6. artillery position
... general view of the Pointe du Hoc where a giant crane
is seen in background, as workers try to reinforce
the cliff and the bunker built on it by the nazis ...
source: heraldtribune.com - 6 june 2010
... a glimpse of what D-Day was like ...

... Pointe du Hoc dominates the sea of its vertical cliff from 25 to 30 m. high ...
source: dday-overlord.com
 ... The majority of these craters were caused by
the seven separate attacks that launched against the
‭ ‬ medium coastal battery, first of which was on April‭ ‬25,‭ ‬1944‭
 and the final attack at H-Hour on D-Day.‭
source: ‭fieldsofconflict.bham.ac.uk 
... reproduction of a “Bigot” intelligence map ...
used in the Normandy D-Day invasions, June 1944.
(“Bigot” is a WWII code word) ...
... Pointe du Hoc Memorial - Rudder's Rangers ...
... part of President Reagan's speech, on June 6, 1984 ...
 ... aerial view of Pointe du Hoc ...
source: infoboard


... D-Day Pointe du Hoc site gets facelift to save it ...
The cliffs at Pointe du Hoc, the Normandy promontory where the
Rangers stared down death, have eroded by 10 m. since June 6, 1944.
Today, the job is to strengthen the cliffs, not conquer them, and 
keep the bunker used by the Nazis as an observation point  
 from falling into the pounding sea ...
source: heraldtribune.com - 6 june 2010


Pointe du Hoc ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a clifftop location on the coast of Normandy.
It lies 6.4 km west of Omaha Beach, and stands on 30 m. tall cliffs 
 overlooking the sea. It was a point of attack by
U.S. 2nd Ranger
 
Battalion during Operation Overlord in World War II ... 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer ...

... Omaha Beach, landmark of the landings of 6th June 1944 ...
... the 6 km long beach had been divided into three large sectors,
code-named from west to east :'Dog' facing Vierville,
'Easy' facing Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, and 'Fox' facing Colleville ...
... Omaha Beach memorial commissioned by the French
government to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2004 ....
... consisting of three elements: 'the Wings of Hope',
'Rise, Freedom!', and 'the Wings of Fraternity' ...
... the Wings of Hope ...
So that the spirit which carried these men on june 6th,1944 continues to
 inspire us, reminding us together it is always possible to change the future.
... Rise, Freedom! ...
So that the example of those who rose against barbary,
helps us remain standing strong against all forms of inhumanity.
 ... the Wings of Fraternity ...
So that this surge of brotherhood always reminds us of
 our responsability towards others as well as ourselves.
On June 6th, 1944, these men were more 

than soldiers, they were our brothers
by Anilore Banon


sculpture 'Les Braves / To those brave men' (2004)
by
Anilore Banon   (french)
by anilorebanon.com
official site of the sculptor (french)
... I created this sculpture to honour the courage of these men:
sons, husbands and fathers, who endangered and often
sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the french people ...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Côte du Bessin ...

... access prohibited -  landslide / cliff fall ...
... coastal path near Fontenailles ...
... on the cliff-top 'La Falaise' near Longues-sur-Mer,
 approx. 60 m. above sea level ...
... a narrow coastal road, 
 part of the Long Distance Footpath GR 261 ...
... under the cliffs 'La Falaise' near Longues-sur-Mer ...
... a rough landscape of swiftly eroding cliffs ...
... an old landslide / tumbled cliff on the 'La Falaise' site ...
... to the seashore ...
... a rocky, chaotic landscape between the seawater and the land ....

... 'Le Chaos', a tumbled cliff near the hamlet Le Mesnil,
view on the 'three demoiselles', these rocks testify 
the steady erosion of the cliffs by the sea....
... Aglais urticae caterpillar... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is a well-known colourful butterfly ...
... young caterpillars live in groups,
older caterpillars are solitary ...
 


EN: Small Tortoiseshell - NL: Kleine Vos
FR:  Petite Tortue - DE: Kleiner Fuchs

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Arromanches-les-Bains ...

... map Asnelles - Saint-Côme-de-Fresné - Arromanches ...
... Place du 6 juin 1944 ...
... „Whale pier“ bridge element of the Mulberry Harbour in
  Arromanches-les-Bains. Exposed here since 6th June 2004.
From 1948 till 2004 in use as temporary bridge
over the Meuse in Quincy-Landzécourt ...
source: infoboard
... the Bofors 40 mm gun ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... is an anti-aircraft autocannon designed by the Swedish defence firm
of Bofors.  It was one of the most popular medium-weight
anti-aircraft 
 systems during World War II, used by most of the western Allies ... 
... the remaining caissons from the Mulberry Harbour "B",
known as Port Winston ...
(EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
... a type of temporary harbour developed in World War II to offload
  cargo on the beaches during the Allied invasion of Normandy ...
... Aurelia aurita ... (EN)
by en.wikipedia.org
 ... the medusa is translucent, usually about 25-40 cm across,
and can be recognized by its four horseshoe-shaped gonads
that are easily seen through the top of the bell ...

EN: moon jellyfish - NL: oorkwal
FR: méduse lune - DE: Ohrenqualle
... touristscope overlooking the remaining 'Mulberry' 
artificial harbour components  ...
... the beach promenade 'la Digue' and les falaises / the cliffs...
... paragliding on the Arromanches beach ...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saint-Côme-de-Fresné ...

... the Citroën Traction Avant / forward traction ...
by en.wikipedia.org/wiki

... was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni.
Production: 1934-1957  ...
... vintage cars on road D514 - Saint-Côme-de-Fresné ...
... passing by the church of Saint-Côme and Saint-Damien,
(12th-15th century) ...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Asnelles ...

... Gold Beach landings of 231st British Brigade units, on 6 June 1944 ...
... exploring the Landings site ...
... remnants of the Mulberry Harbours used on D-Day,
a secret Allied project set up right after the landings ...
source: battleofnomandytours.com 
... exploring the Landings site via Seafront Street ...
... These harbours were to be constructed in England, composed mainly
  of hollow concrete caissons,
the largest of which was over 20 m. high,
17 m. wide and more than 60 m. long, weighing over 6.000 tonnes.
source: battleofnomandytours.com 
... These were to be brought over from England on D-Day,
the first pieces arriving on the morning of June 7th.
Construction proceeded rapidly as the two ports
were to be the main supply ports for the Landings.
source: battleofnomandytours.com 
... view from D514 road ...

... The American Mulberry harbour was unloading tanks along the floating
  roadways by June 8th, but
the British port was slower to come to
  completion. This was to show as the storm which raged from June 19th
 to June 22nd 1944 completly destroyed the American Mulberry, while
 the slower but more securely assembled British Mulberry could be repaired ...
source: battleofnomandytours.com ...
... distant view of the remnants of the Mulberry Harbour ...

... Canabilising the American Harbour for the few unbroken
pieces 
that could be re-used, the British Mulberry was up and running again 
by the middle of July. By that stage the Harbour had completly 
out-paced even it's constructors estimates as to what maximum  
daily tonnage could be unloaded, each new daily unloading record 
to be surpassed again the next day ...
source: battleofnomandytours.com
...  the British Mulberry Harbour "B" ...
source: infoboard


... Mulberry Harbour ... (EN)
by anonymous-generaltopics.blogspot.com
... background - development - harbour elements and code names -
 Daily Telegraph crosswords - deception ...


... The harbour was used until Winter 1944 when it was finally shut down.
Nowadays, there is some 40 percent of the British Mulberry

left to view, but only one caisson remains on Omaha Beach ...
source: battleofnomandytours.com


Asnelles ...
A seaside resort, located on the D Day landing beaches 

near Arromanches, across the wartime artificial harbour, 
Asnelles has a lovely sand beach,ideal for family holidays.
source: tourisme-asnelles.com

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