Normandy Then and Now

Discussion in 'WW2 Battlefields Today' started by nigelblue27, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    Hi. I'm just back from another of my trips to Normandy--got some then and now photos-hope I've managed to upload them ok.There's some well known ones there,plus a couple of less known ones.Am planning on going over again in March,have got another 250 photos to do!!

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  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Superb Then & Nows!
  3. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    Thanks Paul,took me a while to get around to doing it-plain sailing from now on !
  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Very nice!

    It looks like Americans on Bren carriers in pictures 10 and 27. First time I've seen that.

  5. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    Hi Dave,
    Am not sure which soldiers they are,I'll look into it.Picture 10 was taken on the Outskirts of Hermanville sur Mer,inland from Sword Beach,and pic.27 was taken in the tiny village of Rauray,during the prelude to Operation Epsom,and the Battle for Caen
  6. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I think you've got a mixture of motorcyclists helmets and the MkIII (?) issued to some of the assault troops in lieu of the typical battle bowler.

    The Trevieres shots are interesting, I'm guessing that a lot of the damage was caused by the pre-assault bombardment by 8 Air Force that missed the beaches. They were dropping mostly - if not wholly - small fragmentation bombs so I wouldn't have expected the place to be levelled.
  7. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    Hi Dave,
    Aparently,the number 50 on the half track in pic 10,refers to No 246 Field Company RE,and in pic 27, The carrier is from 2nd Kensingtons,Machine Gun battalion of 49th Division-identified by the number 64 on the base.Hope this helps
  8. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Brilliant then and nows. I particularly like the ones in Rauray because Dad fought in that Operation Martlett battle. Did you take any in Fontenay le Pesnel and Tilly sur Seulles; several well-known images 'then' featuring knocked out Sherman and Panther tanks and guys with mine detectors clearing Tilly.
  9. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    Hi ,
    Unfortunately no I didn't visit Fontenay.I'll look for the 'old photos' and try and locate their site when I go over in March.
  10. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Wonderful! The Royal Engineers near Caen was one of ours.....
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  11. nigelblue27

    nigelblue27 Member

    That's great 'Sapper'.
    Pleased to help
  12. kopite

    kopite Member

    Very impressive! Thanks for taking the time to post them.
  13. sherlock

    sherlock Member

    Interesting hobby you've got. Nice work.
  14. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    Fantastic then & nows. Thank you for posting.

  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Carentan. If you enlarge it you can see the second man from right has a paratrooper carbine.


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  16. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    For those of us that dislike colourised photos , here's the 1944 photo in black & white .

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  17. Spitfireeeee

    Spitfireeeee New Member

    How do you tell if it is a paratrooper carbine or not. The quality is pretty bad
  18. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    The absence of barrel timberwork makes it an M1 carbine at least.
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  19. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    What looks to be a bit of highlight on the pistol grip showing in the shadow of the soldier's leg.
    Thought it probably isn't.
  20. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    I thought that was a pistol grip too. The highlight might be a khaki colored magazine pouch on a regular carbine though.

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