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Messervy
09-23-2008, 09:22 AM
As some of you know, tonight I'm leaving for a ten day trip to Normany, mainly to visit WWll battlefields.

I've been told that the cottage I had rented has an Internet accsess, so if time permits I'll keep you updated with pictures and interesting observations.

Till then

Cheers!

Celeon999
09-23-2008, 11:21 AM
Have a nice trip http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Looking forward to reading your first "Frontbericht" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Kielhauler1961
09-23-2008, 11:28 AM
...so if time permits I'll keep you updated with pictures and interesting observations...

KH licks his lips and waits in anticipation of a 'feast for the eyeballs'... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Have a great time, Messervy!

Realjambo
09-23-2008, 01:59 PM
Safe journey Messervy!

Looking froward to those photo's! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

mariuszj1939
09-24-2008, 10:53 AM
Next set of excellent pictures and comments http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Please try to avoid "Omaha" - dangerous place http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Messervy
09-25-2008, 11:26 AM
oO.K.

I've been swindeled. There is no Internet in the house, so I guess I'll be posting the pictures when I come back.
Right now I'm connected with Macdonalds infront of a shoping mall and I'm not sure if it's entirely legal.

Sorry guys!

Celeon999
09-25-2008, 11:36 AM
Sorry to hear that. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Well , this just means we will get even more picture in one blitz. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Aircoot
09-25-2008, 02:01 PM
Originally posted by Messervy:
oO.K.

I've been swindeled. There is no Internet in the house, so I guess I'll be posting the pictures when I come back.
Right now I'm connected with Macdonalds infront of a shoping mall and I'm not sure if it's entirely legal.

Sorry guys!

Aaaahhh, if it's an open wireless connection and you don't missuse it for directly illegal actions, then just go ahead and post the photos. If you get caught, you just say that your reasons are "c'est un raison d'amour", meaning it's a reason of love. Well, it's almost true. And France is so proud of it's romantic rumour that they will let you off the hook for that reason, I'm sure.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Well, looking forward to see your photos, maybe some of the local food/drinks too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Realjambo
09-25-2008, 03:24 PM
Messervy! Give me half an hour to get my broadband router dish pointing in your direction, you can use my account http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/dishantenna.jpg

K_Freddie
09-25-2008, 04:58 PM
That's JB isn't it ??

Messervy
09-29-2008, 10:30 AM
Still no cigar....

Again I'm at the parking lot infront of McDonalds but the upload is so horrible I'll post just one picture.

It explains a lot: I'm very busy defending the Atlantic wall but when I come home to "Hauptquartir" I promise you all a lot of pictures.

Achtung Tommies....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/_X4F7606.jpg

Celeon999
09-29-2008, 10:35 AM
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Great photo Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Just dont forget to take it off before crossing the border back into the Reich or you will have lots of questions to answer to men in black coats http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

"Ihre Papiere bitte !" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Aircoot
09-29-2008, 11:57 AM
Is that your own uniform?

If yes, did you bring it just to dress up for a photo for the forum?

If yes, respect!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Celeon999
09-29-2008, 01:53 PM
Why do i have a feeling that some poor french museum employee now lies bound and gagged on a cold museum floor making "*grnpfll*! aide! aide! hmpfgnnrll*" sounds ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

klcarroll
09-29-2008, 02:47 PM
@Aircoot;

The Wikpedia article you sited says that the Coot is; ".....an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season."

Can you confirm this?? .....And can you provide details about "the breeding season"????

Hey! ...."Inquiring minds want to know"!!!

klcarroll

Aircoot
09-29-2008, 03:49 PM
Originally posted by klcarroll:
@Aircoot;

The Wikpedia article you sited says that the Coot is; ".....an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season."

Can you confirm this?? .....And can you provide details about "the breeding season"????

Hey! ...."Inquiring minds want to know"!!!

klcarroll

I always site the article in my signature. I chose this funny bird as username, cause now and then some coots live in a nearby lake, which is inside a large open area inside an urban forest. Then walking by in the month of June, I saw a mother coot, at least I think it was the mother, in her nest and moments later, she stood up and revealed some eggs. I made a couple of shots, which I show you here. Whether the coot is aggressive and territorial, I don't know but probably. It's not a bird, which comes along en masse with the other birds like ducks, swans and seagulls, when you feed them some old bread.

http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo230/Aircoot/Coot-nest1.jpg
http://i378.photobucket.com/albums/oo230/Aircoot/Coot-nest2.jpg

Messervy
10-06-2008, 04:04 PM
Finaly I managed to find some time.

Here is "Day One" report.

We arrived at Colleville sur Orne (Now renamed to Colleville de Montgomery) and settled down in Rue de Berrettes vertes No.25.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0385.jpg

This is a view on a Sword Beach where British 3rd division had landed.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0885.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0892.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0391.jpg

Just behind Colleville de Montgomery is Fort Hillman.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0427-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0428.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0400.jpg

Every Machine gun and mortar Tobruk had all the terain pre-sighted
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0409.jpg

Reconstructed connecting trench
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0424.jpg

I like the texture
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0415.jpg

Memorials
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0426.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0429.jpg

This should give you some idea of how huge this WN-17 (Wiederstand nest) was.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0438.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0436.jpg

Next, the Museum at Benouville where the original Pegasus bridge is on display

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0487.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0504.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0453.jpg

Shots of landing site of three gliders that carried the assault team.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0450.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0451.jpg

The main body of British 6th Airborne landed at Ranville.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0458.jpg

The composition of 6th Airborne:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0446.jpg

A horsa glider
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0498.jpg

Interior
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0009.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0511.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0445.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0462.jpg

The last resort when Radios fail.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0482.jpg

Interesting device for calculating the load out for gliders.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0459.jpg

40mm Bofors
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0003.jpg

Next stop - Gondree cafe

The first liberated house in France stands just across the bridge.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0579.jpg

Across the street is a Cromwell
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0576.jpg

Final site for the day - Merville battery where after succesfull attack the Paras destroyed the guns and moved on, just to find themselves in a position to attack the place once more.
The Germans had returned and repaired two guns and started firing on a beach.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0519.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0530.jpg

Dakota - The original D-day airplane that was donated to a museum by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0551.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0573.jpg

I can't describe how small this cockpit is in reality.
The windshield is only inches away from your face.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0560.jpg

Finaly we colapsed utterly exhausted in a Caen pub. A D-day objective that the British failed to achieve.
The city that is, not the pub. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0584.jpg

Street in Caen
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0583.jpg

Aircoot
10-06-2008, 09:34 PM
Nice photos http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
Thanks for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Goose_Green
10-06-2008, 10:54 PM
Amazing photographs Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Glad to see you are puttting your 5D through it's paces http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif And some lovely and original compositions too!! Keep up the excellent work http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Realjambo
10-07-2008, 12:48 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif Outstanding Messervy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

I presume / hope you took lots more? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Celeon999
10-07-2008, 01:05 AM
Excellent photos Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


Did you find out what meaning the markings on the turret of the Cromwell tank have ?

Messervy
10-07-2008, 07:00 AM
THX guys.
@ Celeon
The markings on the CS(close support) version are to allow easier target sighting by accompanying troops or from the turret.

VikingGrandad
10-07-2008, 08:21 AM
I love the photos - well worth the wait!

Thanks again Messervy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Who knows, that Bofors 40mm could have been used by my grandfather... (his light anti-aircraft artillery unit was sent to Normandy shortly after D-Day)


Pegasus Bridge - the morning after, with the gliders still positioned where they landed:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/bridge.jpg

VikingGrandad
10-07-2008, 12:31 PM
Messervy, this photo...

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/funny/i-1600.jpg

...reminds me of this photo of you leaving your Normandy hotel room:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/funny/_X4F7606.jpg


Anyone else see a slight resemblance here? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Celeon999
10-07-2008, 12:42 PM
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Messervy
10-07-2008, 12:54 PM
Anyone else see a slight resemblance here?

Yes, we both look equaly stupid. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

This one is more like it:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1942-1.jpg

Anyway, an update for "Day Two" within a couple of hours.

Messervy
10-07-2008, 02:40 PM
Day Two

Omaha Beach

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1273.jpg

American cemetery at Colleville sur Mer overlooking Omaha beach.
There the initial waves of mixed elements of 29th and 1st U.S. divisions were stopped by Gockel and his comrades.
(We will return to WN 62 later this week in more details).

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Looking down on the part of the beach where Easy Red and Fox Green sectors meet.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0028.jpg

View to the west on Charlie and Dog Green sectors where 2nd Rangers had landed.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0613.jpg

Cemetery from the above
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1284.jpg

Aerial view of exit Dog Green towards Vierville, the only one with road, but blocked by concrete anti-tank wall.
On top of the left cliff, exit was defended by WN 71, on the bottom slightly to the right of the exit was WN 72 and to the right along the top of the crest was WN 73.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1287.jpg

They all wreaked havoc on the Rangers, preventing them to clear the obstacles for subsequent waves. Obstacles were thus covered by incoming tide and caused mayhem among landing crafts.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0709.jpg

Here "Saving Private Ryan" should have been filmed. (Actual scenes were shot in Scotland)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0687.jpg

Looking along Dog Green sector
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0681.jpg

To the left was Charlie sector
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0682.jpg

Gun emplacement of WN 72
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0053.jpg

Fortified positions of WN 73 further up the bluff
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0692.jpg

How easy it was for the Germans to enfilade the beach. A real turkey shoot.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0698.jpg

Next stop - Point the Hoc
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0711.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0722.jpg

We all know how allied intelligence failed here. Germans moved the guns further inland and installed telegraph poles instead.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1302.jpg

This is how actual guns looked like
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0751.jpg

Destroyed unfinished emplacement (lacks the concrete casemate)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0725.jpg

When no direct hits were achieved the bombing only slightly "dented" the casemates.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0737.jpg

The contrast of a direct hit (I presume it was a naval artillery)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1672.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0743.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0745.jpg

Next stop - German cemetery La Cambe (22.000 men)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0803.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0755.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0783.jpg

Being creative http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1695.jpg

The day ended with Pizza in Bayeux...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0808.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0814.jpg

....where one gets the impression that some of the inhabitants still live in early eighties http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0817.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0818.jpg

Note:
The aerial shots were taken on the last day.

andy3536
10-07-2008, 03:16 PM
Great shots http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

You certainly have an eye for a good photo http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

klcarroll
10-07-2008, 04:24 PM
So sad:

So many brave young men!

As Tolkien hinted at; ....The things we "Terrible old men" ask the young to do! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

klcarroll

Celeon999
10-08-2008, 01:49 AM
Absolutely perfect photos Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


"There's a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are
buried.

The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other.

I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like
this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn't a forest
but an orchard of graves.

Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature."

- Barbara Kingsolver

mariuszj1939
10-08-2008, 02:10 AM
Very good pictures especially from plane + landing places http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Thank you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Messervy
10-08-2008, 05:27 AM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
"There's a graveyard in northern France where all the dead boys from D-Day are
buried.

The white crosses reach from one horizon to the other.

I remember looking it over and thinking it was a forest of graves. But the rows were like
this, dizzying, diagonal, perfectly straight, so after all it wasn't a forest
but an orchard of graves.

Nothing to do with nature, unless you count human nature."

- Barbara Kingsolver

I have a photo that fits perfectly to the above description.
Will be posting it later, in a "The Best of Normandy" special. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Goose_Green
10-08-2008, 05:41 AM
Truly breathtaking shots there...and from above too!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Many thanks for sharing these Messervy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

PS. I got my new telephoto lens yesterday, so I'm looking forward to using that one soon!!

Celeon999
10-08-2008, 05:49 AM
Celeon identifies this as being a captured french 150 mm artillery as the ones used to shell incoming landing crafts at Pointe du Hoc http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Or at least the barrel and breech of one http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0751.jpg

Messervy
10-08-2008, 06:20 AM
Interesting thing is, that in the entire area of Normandy, the biggest guns were 210mm at Crisbecq-St.Marcouf battery.
Which in theory means they were only able to enter artillery duels with heavy cruisers, thus leaving the battleships totaly unopposed.

Celeon999
10-08-2008, 06:57 AM
Well, propably the Luftwaffe was supposed to take care of them..... with their TWO assigned fighters for Normandy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif


I just love the scene from "The longest day"


This scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6IHANM9_k0)


"Lets head home Bergsdorff !"

"This was the great moment of the german Luftwaffe !" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Messervy
10-08-2008, 09:57 AM
Day Three - The least interesting one

It started with a short drive to Douvre le Delivrande where the only preserved (to my humble knowledge) "Wuerzburg" radar stands.

You don't find many of these typical Normandy streets anymore
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0825.jpg

The Radar Site had closed down for the winter only few days before our arrival. When opened one can visit the interior.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0827.jpg

Making changes to a plan.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1707.jpg

Next stop - Hill 112

This is the British equivalent of Omaha Beach.
For more than a month the British had tried to capture this strategic height overlooking Caen, Carpiquet Airfield and all the surrounding countryside.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0831.jpg

The spot is marked by Churchill tank.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0842.jpg

A superb photo taken by my friend of another friend - Messervy only supplied the helmet.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1728.jpg
(Photo: Darqui)

Next - Caen Memorial Museum

Very modern, building, with nice display, but from a military standpoint not as interesting as other museums in the area.

Beautiful back garden
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0069.jpg

This bird is sooooo big!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0862.jpg

Final stop - Ouistreham Atlantic Wall Museum

Artillery observation Tower
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0882.jpg

A diorama of the interior
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0876.jpg

In front:
DUKW
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0072.jpg

LCVP - also known as Higgins boat
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0077.jpg

Last sight for many of unfortunate soldiers
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0070.jpg

Ever present 88
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0074.jpg

V-1 Flying bomb - Buzz bomb
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0079.jpg

Interior

Filter station
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0084.jpg

Comm switch board
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0085.jpg

Low tech backup
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0112.jpg

Crew quarters
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0090.jpg

Infirmary
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0092.jpg

Surgery
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0093.jpg

Armory
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0095.jpg

Communication center
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0109.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0113.jpg

Command room
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0111.jpg

A glass mine - undetectable by mine detectors
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0107.jpg

A diorama of fortifications in Pas de Calais area.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0102.jpg

It's clear to me now, that if the Allies had intended to cross the Channel in that area, the whole invasion would have ended in a disaster.

Telemetric rangefinder station
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0126.jpg

Making a way up to the top, proved to be a bit narrow for Messervy.....laden with all the gear that is. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1829.jpg

View on the landing beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0877.jpg

View on Orne's estuary
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0118.jpg

Top down view
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0878.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0879.jpg

And finally....


This picture just cried for some sort of caption and some Photoshop work
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0854copy.jpg

Here's also a Google earth place mark link to all the sites we visited.
(Kindly provided by "Le Darqui")

Google placemark (http://www.wikiupload.com/download_page.php?id=65378)

Celeon999
10-08-2008, 10:43 AM
More great pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif at that captioned tank photo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


SanOffz ...... Sanitätsoffizier. A medic officer, usually a doctor.

The awkward shortcuts are still the same today. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

Another one is SanSdt meaning Sanitätssoldat.

Its a horror to read a document full of this nonsense. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

With the time you learn the shortcuts but from time to time you come across one of which you have no idea what it actually means.

My favourites :

StUffz - Stabsunteroffizier (Staff sub-officer)
Oberstlt - Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-Colonel)

ROA - Now everybody knows right away what this is right ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Well OF COURSE it is a Reservedienstoffiziersanwärter long enough ? Reserve-duty-officer-cadet

KasKdt - Kasernenkommandant (Garrison commander)
OvWa - Offizier vom Wachdienst (Officer of guard duty)

Nsch - Cool eh ? Nachschub (Resupply)

ERMEZA is a shortcut firing command meaning Einheit-Richtung-Munition-Reichweite-Ziel-Ausführung (Unit-Direction-Munition-Range-Target-Commence)

SpiSaZer - Spion,Saboteur,Zersetzer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif Be careful with naming someone like this

LLUstgBtl - Luftlandeunterstützungsbataillon (Air landing support battalion)

StOFw - Standortfeldwebel is the local sergeant in command . What Schultz in Hogan's Heroes was http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

FWDL - Freiwillig zusätlichen Wehrdienst-Leistender is a crazy person without a life who voluntarily extends his conscript time. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

But the real important one which everybody should know :

TTV - Tarnen, Täuschen , Verp*issen - Disguise,Decieve, p*iss off http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

What you do to escape from boring duties http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

VikingGrandad
10-08-2008, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Anyone else see a slight resemblance here?

Yes, we both look equaly stupid. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

This one is more like it:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1942-1.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nice holiday snap! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif


So did you get an aerial tour of all the Normandy invasion beaches and battlefields? I'd love to do that http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif Was it expensive?

Thanks for posting even more great photos. I particularly like the pictures of the Typhoon and 88, but I think my favourite shot so far is the one of Hill 112 with the cenotaph in the foreground http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif What do I need to do to get the Google placemark to work? Is it a Google Earth file?

Realjambo
10-09-2008, 03:18 AM
Thought provoking.

Moving.

Brilliant - Well done Messervy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif I think everyone should be 'moved' like this from time to time. Puts a lot of things in life into their true perspective when you see those gravestones.

Messervy
10-09-2008, 04:18 AM
Thanks guys.

@ VG
The Airspace around Caen including Juno, Gold and Sword beaches was closed because European ministers of defense had a meeting somewhere in the vicinity.
Price for one hour was 300 euros - 100 per person.

You download the file in the link, then just double click it. If you have Google Earth installed.

Celeon999
10-09-2008, 06:00 AM
Hmm the Google Earth file doesnt work for me.


I get a file called Normadie without file extension and 0 bytes in size.

VikingGrandad
10-09-2008, 06:10 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
Price for one hour was 300 euros - 100 per person.

You download the file in the link, then just double click it. If you have Google Earth installed.

100 Euros each is not much to pay for such a memorable experience http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I have the same problem as Celeon with the Google Earth file...

Celeon999
10-09-2008, 06:15 AM
The Airspace around Caen including Juno, Gold and Sword beaches was closed because European ministers of defense had a meeting somewhere in the vicinity.



There goes our advantage of surprise http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

Messervy ! You just foiled our plans for the invasion of ..... Nothing... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Messervy
10-09-2008, 06:28 AM
Google Placemark (http://www.wikiupload.com/download_page.php?id=65378)

I hope this one works. I've replaced the other one as well.


@ Celeon

.....Entschuldigung.....

Celeon999
10-09-2008, 06:35 AM
Now it works http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Why isnt this thread a double forum one ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

VikingGrandad
10-09-2008, 06:38 AM
Thanks Messervy. That new file works in Google Earth, but I had to add a .kmz file extension.

Messervy
10-09-2008, 03:55 PM
Day Four

Some pictures of Normandy villages

St. Marie du Mont

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0134.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0138.jpg

Saint Marcouf

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0988.jpg

WW I monument
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0997.jpg

Same church today......
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0989.jpg

...and during WW ll
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1043.jpg

Dead man's corner St. Come du Mont

Today....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1214.jpg

....64 years ago
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1213.jpg

Here the Paratroopers clashed with their German counterparts - Fallschirmjaegers.
The corner got its name after a dead American tanker who was hanging out of the turret of his shot out tank for several days.

Behind the building which featured in Call of Duty game is a shop (Messervy must avoid it for some time) and an inevitable 88 and an Italian Tankette.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0912.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1221.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1217.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1218.jpg

Inside of Museum
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0128.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0131.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0132.jpg

Helmets tell their stories...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0895.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0896.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0898.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0899.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0900.jpg

omgh....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0897.jpg

Next stop - Utah Beach at St. Marie du Mont (First liberated village in Europe)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0166.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0940.jpg

Scenes of serenity
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0946.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0140.jpg

Nasty leftovers
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0142.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0937.jpg

There is a Restaurant which has a toilet equipped to resemble LST interior
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0163.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0164.jpg

A model of the beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0149.jpg

Fortification further west along the beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0980.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0983.jpg

Next stop - Crisbecq-St.Marcouf battery

This was the only heavy battery in the area

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1022.jpg

After Americans penetrated the perimeter of the battery, the German comander asked the neighbouring Azzeville battery to open a barage on their very positions. One shot entered through the narrow passage in the bunker (one in a million shot) and killed everyone in that compartment.
Actual damage that fluke shot did(Taken from the inside)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1006.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0167.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0169.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0172.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0174.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0177.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1023.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1013.jpg


Battle damage on Azzeville battery near by
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0184.jpg

And finally St. Mere Eglise

The story of an unfortunate paratrooper who got stuck on the church and shot by the Germans is captured on sight.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1025.jpg

The Museum buildings
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0210.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0202.jpg

Inside
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0212.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1052.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1050.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1040.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0192.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0212-1.jpg

Waco glider
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0193.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0198.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0199.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0201.jpg

Identification lights which by their colors help identify paratroopers the content of supply drops at night - during the day, different colored parachutes did the same.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0200.jpg

Outside
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0207.jpg

Another Higgins boat
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0209.jpg

And omnipresent 88
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0208.jpg

Then and now
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0195.jpg

Same corner today
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1059.jpg

View along the street towards South west
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0196.jpg

Today
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1058.jpg

Day ended with different kind of battle...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1546.jpg

...resulting in this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1222.jpg
(A reason why I have to stay away from that shop - lots of goodies there, but not good for the wallet.

Messervy
10-09-2008, 04:07 PM
Day Five
-------------------------------
No update - rest and hangover day - result of the other battle.

Aircoot
10-09-2008, 04:51 PM
Most interesting photos http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And a funny one the last one. It suits you wearing that uniform, if it's you? Hard to tell for the sun glasses...

Day two: the photo of you with the flash on the camera at the coast in day light with plenty of sun. Just curious, what did you need the flash for? The photo just before or?

Messervy
10-11-2008, 04:59 PM
@Aircoot

Yes, it's me, and the flash is used when you have loads of backlight and the object you want to shoot is in a shadow.
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Day Six

St.Laurent sur Mer - Omaha Beach Museum

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1074.jpg

On the coast there is an interesting monument
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1077.jpg

In front of the Museum - a Sherman
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0223.jpg

Inside - usual stuff, but one or two items caught my attention.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1091.jpg

Comparison of shells
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1088.jpg

Mhmmmm....
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1093.jpg

Next - Vierville Musem
Apart the necessary 88...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1098.jpg

...they have some unique items like "Goliath"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1112.jpg

Flakvierling
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1111.jpg

75 mm PAK
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1110.jpg

Collapsible scooter
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1114.jpg

Lancaster engine
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1113.jpg

Auto pilot box
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1115.jpg

Gas mask for a child
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1116.jpg

Outside there is a Panther gun
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1109.jpg

A line of concrete obstacles
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1102.jpg

And this rare 88 PAK
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1105.jpg

Bunker of the WN 65
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1118.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1119.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0229.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0230.jpg

View on the beach from WN 65
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1123.jpg

Entrance to the Racquet valley which this WN was defending
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1124.jpg

Now comes the famous WN 62.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1145.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1132.jpg

A strongpoint manned by only 30 soldier (Franz Gockel among them), but they managed to hold their ground longer than any other strongpoint.
A true "star" of that WN wasn't Gockel but a youngster named Hein Severloh.
A troublesome soldier and a pacifist who was more interested in French farm life than war.
He wreaked havoc amongst the landing troops with his MG-42.
Later in the fight he discovered that after Americans left the LCVP's MG is a waste of time and used Mauser rifle to pick off the survivors.
The other key player was a veteran of the Russian front Siegfried Kuska, who manned a 50mm gun and destroyed most of the vehicles and tanks that landed to the left of WN62.

Not much is left since this WN had only two artillery bunkers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1130.jpg

A platform for a 75mm gun that was empty on a D-day
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1138.jpg

Communications bunker and connecting trench towards the positions of Gockel and Kuska.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1139.jpg

Kuska's 50mm position
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1140.jpg

Gockel's position
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1142.jpg

A place of bloodbath
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1127.jpg

I collected some sand from that famous beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1152.jpg

The end of the day - Bayeux Musem (Closed - we were too late)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1158.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1157.jpg

Interestingly there is a rare Hetzer on display
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1160.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1162.jpg

Goose_Green
10-11-2008, 05:43 PM
Truly fantastic pictures Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

After looking at your pictures I really must go to Normandy, they really are an inspiration!! It's amazing how much is still left after all this time!

tuddley3
10-11-2008, 06:03 PM
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f14driver
10-12-2008, 05:18 AM
Excellent report Messervy.

I really enjoyed them.

Celeon999
10-12-2008, 06:59 AM
Excellent ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif



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So, Messervy... Now tell us... How much did you spent on that 88 you DEFINITELY bought there (And dont try pretend you didnt) and how did you smuggle it along the autobahn ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


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Messervy
10-12-2008, 07:41 AM
Thanks guys. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

@ Celeon

I didn't dare to tackle the "Autobahn". I used excellent French highways (much better than those in western part of Germany) and Italian "Autostrada" later on.

The only problem was the tunnel under Mont Blanc.
They simply didn't know how to clasify "the hollyday trailer", so we agreed it is an "Industrial mechanized heavy disassembling device". http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Celeon999
10-12-2008, 07:43 AM
"Industrial mechanized heavy disassembling device"


Ah ! So you used the official term from the german military handbook !

Very clever, this confuses simply everyone.

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Messervy
10-14-2008, 04:41 PM
Sorry for the delay but I'm rather busy these days...

Day seven and eight.

We were getting progresivly fed up with bunkers but there was one last significant site to visit.

The Kriegsmarine battery at Longues sur Mer

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0240.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/Normandy1111-1.jpg

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0271.jpg

View down the cliff
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/Normandy1111-5.jpg

Remains of Mullberry harbour
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/Normandy1111-6.jpg

Next day was our last and we decided to take a panoramic flight across Normandy. On our way to Carpiquet airport we stopped in a pitoresque village Douvres le Delivrande.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1244.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1245.jpg

Weather was very chaotic
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0281.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1268.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1253.jpg

Normandy is anything but flat
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1255.jpg

Central part of Omaha beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1316.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1312.jpg

Point du Hoc
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1306.jpg

That's it folks
Thanks for taking interest in this thread and stay tuned for special edition of photographic "The Best of Normany".

Wolfshead1972
10-14-2008, 07:27 PM
Messervy.

Great thread, fantastic pictures and a sobering sense of perspective.

It is reassuring to know that as we edge into an era where the last "great" war fades from the collective living memory that there are memorials and reminders both stark and intimate to remind us of what actually happened.

In all honesty, I cannot truly imagine what it must have been like to live through such times. No matter how good computer games get, they will never, ever capture the reality of living through a war day in, day out, and not knowing when and how it will end. And if they did, then hell - I wouldn't want to play them. A few ex servicemen that I know that have seen real, honest to god, fighting for your life combat carry their deepest wounds on the inside, and any decent documentary that includes accounts from men and women who fought in the Second World War shows that even in their final years, these people were changed forever by what they witnessed, and in many cases what they did. I am fortunate enough to be in a position to say I don't want that horror in my life, or in my past. I certainly don't want it in my son's life.

My relatively pampered and extremely war-free life is in many ways a testament to these peoples' efforts to ensure that it could be so, and I thank them all - past, present and future. Perhaps I am one of "Those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat" - I've never had to find out, and I'm damned glad about it. Of course I would like to believe that I would take up arms to defend my home and loved ones, but I don't actually know whether I could or how I'd fare. I suppose nobody really does.

My interest in military history has changed over the years from the typical schoolboy fascination with Spitfires and Hurribumbles (as my delightful, elderly next-door neighbour, Wing Cmdr W. Sizer fondly remembered them- a truly great man and as unassuming as his generation inevitably were. RIP, Wilf.), Messerschmidts and Focke-Wulfes, Panzers and Shermans, SMLE's and KAR 98's. I am still fascinated in the hardware, just as I am in cars, boats and even PC's to a rather lesser extent, but as I have reached the tender age of 36, I have found myself thinking more and more about the people involved and the extraordinary resilience of the human being.

Sorry, Messervy - this was meant to be a short "thank you and well done on a good post" message, but your pictures are good and the images they convey are evocative and touching. The landscapes and the museums themselves must be even more so.

Foehammer-1
10-14-2008, 07:50 PM
Wow... It's insane what those people have gone through. From noth sides.

By the way, question about the very last picture, Point du Hoc.

Are those remains of artillery/bomb craters, or are they simply natural carst (or karst?) caverns?

Celeon999
10-15-2008, 02:23 AM
Looking forward to the "best of" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

Goose_Green
10-15-2008, 06:27 AM
Wonderful pictures Messervey http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I think you have finished up with the best picture of all with Point Du Hoc as seen from the air! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Messervy
10-15-2008, 09:06 AM
Thanks!

@Wolfshead
It's allways gratifying to read someone's thoughts provoked by a thread which is ment to do exactly that. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

@ Foe
Bombs....unfortunately.

Messervy
10-15-2008, 09:36 AM
Here is a collection of the best pictures I've taken:

Miscellaneous

Pegasus Bridge

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0504-1.jpg





A "sculpture" infront of Museaum of Peace in Caen
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0861.jpg





Self portret - Museum of Peace entrance
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0865.jpg





V-1 in Ouistreham
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0080.jpg





Omaha Beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1147.jpg





Juno Beach
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0144.jpg





Kriegsmarine battery in Longues sur Mer
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_1199.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0263.jpg





St.Marcouf church
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0994.jpg





An 88 at Dead man's corner
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0919.jpg





http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0917.jpg

The Flight



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0342.jpg





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German cemetery - Le Cambe

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS1Dslll_0769.jpg





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American Cemetery - Colleville sur Mer

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0049.jpg





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Celeon999
10-15-2008, 10:10 AM
Most excellent http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Realjambo
10-15-2008, 10:44 AM
Absolutely stunning! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

VikingGrandad
10-15-2008, 01:01 PM
Your high standards are maintained again Messervy! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

When looking at such photos, it doesn't need much imagination to do a 64-year 'rewind'. Very evocative stuff.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif Where next...? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Aircoot
10-15-2008, 01:14 PM
Originally posted by Messervy:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/NormandyEOS5D_0046.jpg


Mmmm... fish eye lens

Do you use it a lot?

klcarroll
10-15-2008, 04:16 PM
Fish-eye or normal lens: ....some of these picture are enough to bring tears to the eyes of anyone who has seen combat!

Very well done!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

klcarroll

Messervy
10-16-2008, 02:32 AM
Thanks guys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


Do you use it a lot?

I think the figure would be less than 0.3 percent. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Aircoot
10-16-2008, 10:43 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Do you use it a lot?

I think the figure would be less than 0.3 percent. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Just a little curious, how much did you pay for it? In a shop or through the web? Local/international? Do you have a link? That is if the site is in English.

Messervy
10-16-2008, 11:14 AM
I bought it in a Photo Lab/store where I used to work so they gave me a very good discount. I paid 616 euros.

Goose_Green
10-16-2008, 10:34 PM
Stunning pictures Messervy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

What aperatures were you shooting at when you were taking the graves pictures?

Liddabit
10-17-2008, 04:23 AM
Amazing!

I love the rainbow picture from the plane and the shot of the kriegsmarine battery where you focused on the rifling in the barrel!

Messervy
10-17-2008, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by Goose_Green:
What aperatures were you shooting at when you were taking the graves pictures?

It's not so much aperature as it is focal lenght.
If you refer to blurred ones, it was f4, but with 600mm lens you only get an inch of depth of field.

Goose_Green
10-17-2008, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Goose_Green:
What aperatures were you shooting at when you were taking the graves pictures?

It's not so much aperature as it is focal lenght.
If you refer to blurred ones, it was f4, but with 600mm lens you only get an inch of depth of field. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the info http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif I had a feeling you might have been using a lens like that! The headstone shots are your best, and I also agree with liddabit too that shot of the gun's rifling looks amazing. The whole shot is leaping out at you and such a moody sky too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Wolfshead1972
10-18-2008, 03:37 PM
Messervy.

I continue to be moved by these. Your photography is simply breathtaking. Too many superb shots to pick out the outstanding ones.

In awe.

WH

Celeon999
10-23-2008, 10:05 AM
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy/IMG_1942-1.jpg

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Messervy
06-02-2009, 12:22 PM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
Thank you for sharing your trip with us http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif Where next...? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Back to Normandy.....

I'm leaving tonight and shall return on 10th.
I won't be carrying my laptop this time since I have two complete uniforms and gear with me.
With all the photo gear I alone use the entire X-5's booth.

Pictures after my return. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

BTW

If anyone is planning a trip we can arrange a meeting.

Celeon999
06-03-2009, 12:26 AM
Looking forward to those excellent photos. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Enjoy the wine http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Messervy
06-17-2009, 07:01 AM
It was Cider http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Anyway, this year I didn't spend all the time taking pictures, so the outcome isn't quite on the same level as last year.

Our group stayed in the same "Gite" as last year in Collevile de Montgomery, while the other "Re-enactment" group was camping in the military camp near Carentan.

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There you could also find some nice French girls:

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Another group of Airborne:

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There were camps all over the Normandy:

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Crisbecq battery:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9752_48_49_50_51.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9763_59_60_61_62.jpg

Bunker at fort Hillmann:

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Viev from the top of the armoured cupola:

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This strongpoint was a major obstacle for the British.

During the celebration on the Sword beach a flyover of Lancaster and spitfire took place.

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One of the veterans:

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Lightshow and simultaneous fireworks along the entire Normandy coast:

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Omaha beach today:

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A bit of fun with kite:

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Caen - a pitoresque street that escaped the bombing:

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omgh....:

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Lovely restaurant in Saint Marie du Mont - Highly recomended, excellent food.

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We took a trip to Le Mont Saint-Michel

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9616_2_3_4_5.jpg

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Another shot of bloody Omaha:

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Loading of the vehiecles in Paris:

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I went there with one car and returned with two:

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Celeon999
06-17-2009, 09:05 AM
Most excellent as usual http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif


Celeon spots the fatherlandic flag next to the artillery emplacement

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Thats a excellent artillery spotter position. You can see everything

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9721_17_18_19_20.jpg

bunkerratt
06-17-2009, 04:38 PM
really nice pictures as always ...the jeep looks dam near brandnew i also agree with celeon that is a huge killing ground in front of the op ...

mariuszj1939
06-18-2009, 12:41 AM
Nice pictures - thank you http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I love last one from "Le Mont Saint-Michel" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Liddabit
06-18-2009, 01:41 PM
That spitfire picture is amazing. Looks like you took a picture of a stationary toy hanging in the air almost!

Celeon999
06-18-2009, 01:55 PM
I would like to inva....i mean to check the wine cellar of "L'estaminet" which means "The tavern" by the way. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif (hides the Mp40 under the desk)

I bet they store some real jewels down there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Messervy
06-18-2009, 02:34 PM
I would like to inva....i mean to check the wine cellar of "L'estaminet"

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Did those new IFV's got into your head? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

tuddley3
06-18-2009, 04:46 PM
Those pics of Le Mont Saint-Michel are truly amazing. Looks like something out of Harry Potter, very fantasy like. The storm clouds sure add to the mystique. It blows my mind that something like that actually exists. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Celeon999
06-19-2009, 09:12 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I would like to inva....i mean to check the wine cellar of "L'estaminet"

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Did those new IFV's got into your head? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Hach ja, i think the new Panzer, the thunder of the diesel in combination with the impressions of the normandy landscape.... that was just too much at a time for me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

And since yesterday this darn Panzerlied is haunting through my head. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Our recently renewed deployment to the Alsace wasnt helpful either. Nor the strange view which Rommel gives me out of the photo from above my desk. As if he wants to tell me something. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

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Did i mention that a contingent of our Special Operations Division including a general is in Slovenia at the moment ?

They are visiting the old trenches and battlelines from ww1. LINK (http://www.deutschesheer.de/portal/a/dso/aktuelles/nachrichten/jahr2009/mai2009?yw_contentURL=/01DB050500000001/W27SDCAR049INFODE/content.jsp)

andy3536
06-19-2009, 01:55 PM
Wow, nice pics. How on earth did you manage to get no motion blur on the spitfire propeller? Almost makes it look like a model.

Messervy
06-20-2009, 06:12 AM
Welcome to the General http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

This Panzerlied is slightly different and I also like it very much. The melody variation at one point makes it sound very sad.

@andy 3536

Generaly this kind of lack of motion is one thing I try to avoid when taking airplane pictures.

I had apperiture at 4 (I was taking portraits of the veterans) when planes appeared. I forgot to adjust it and the camera then compensated with a very short shutter time 1/8000.

Celeon999
07-10-2009, 03:40 AM
A few pics from the german army website.


Soldiers of the Special Operations Division talk to american veterans in St.Mere Eglise

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8213/norm1j.jpg

U.S , french and german planes overfly the audience

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1345/norm2.jpg


This year much less paratroopers were able to jump than last year. 11 planes had to turn back because of bad weather conditions

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1094/norm4.jpg



Allied veterans attending the burial of a unknown german soldier at the La Cambe cemetary.

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/173/norm3.jpg

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/6425/norm5.jpg

Messervy
07-10-2009, 05:51 AM
WOW....I was anaware of any German military presence in the area.

Goose_Green
07-10-2009, 06:00 AM
Really, really stunning photographs Messervy!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

However these are my favourites without a doubt!


Originally posted by Messervy:

Crisbecq battery:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9752_48_49_50_51.jpg

One of the veterans:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/IMG_9599.jpg

Caen - a pitoresque street that escaped the bombing:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9814.jpg

We took a trip to Le Mont Saint-Michel

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Normandy%202009/_X4F9686_2_3_4_5.jpg



A lovely example of depth of field with the "Veteran" shot, you really have literally plucked this brave fellow out of the crowd!! The Le Mont Saint-Michel shot above is a real dark and moody shot, I should imagine you used a filter for that one, that sky is wonderfully detailed too!!! The shot of Caen is really timeless, you could really imagine that scene could have been the same 65 or so years ago!! And I do like your battery shot, very much similar to your previous shot on your visit before!!

Excellent photography Messervy, and thank you for sharing!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

Goose_Green
07-10-2009, 06:09 AM
Originally posted by andy3536:
Wow, nice pics. How on earth did you manage to get no motion blur on the spitfire propeller? Almost makes it look like a model.

It's something my father immediately taught me about shooting propellers on planes and rotors on helicopters, try to slow the shutter speed enough to give the idea of motion blur with the propellor/rotor, it takes a little bit of practice and trial by error to find the best shutter speed to get the right result you want!

This shot of a P-51 Mustang was taken at Duxford by myself earlier this year and it took me several attempts of gradually reducing the shutter speed to get the desired result! Apologies Messervy for hyjacking the thread a little bit http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/IMG_4547.jpg

Messervy
07-10-2009, 06:51 AM
No problem Goose


Regarding the propeller I already axplained that
Generaly this kind of lack of motion is one thing I try to avoid when taking airplane pictures.

I had apperiture at 4 (I was taking portraits of the veterans) when planes appeared. I forgot to adjust it and the camera then compensated with a very short shutter time 1/8000.

Ah...Le Mont Saint-Michel....no filters, it's a HDR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging)

Celeon999
07-10-2009, 07:03 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
WOW....I was anaware of any German military presence in the area.


Thats the idea http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

You first notice it when it is already too late http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

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But usually they draw attention on themselves with loud Oooompa oooompa duff dadda da ! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0gVS3vPon8)

Goose_Green
07-10-2009, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
No problem Goose


Regarding the propeller I already axplained that
Generaly this kind of lack of motion is one thing I try to avoid when taking airplane pictures.

I had apperiture at 4 (I was taking portraits of the veterans) when planes appeared. I forgot to adjust it and the camera then compensated with a very short shutter time 1/8000.

Ah...Le Mont Saint-Michel....no filters, it's a HDR (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging)

Sorry Messervy, I must have missed you explanation for the Spitfire photo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

I would never have guessed that shot was HDR http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif Nevertheless it's a fantastic shot, and I think it's the composition that is really striking for me, it's as if the top of the building is reaching to the heavens!! And the detail with the clouds creates an almost tangiable reality to the picture that is somewhat alluring.

Is there any chance you could send me a hires version of that photo? as I would love to have it as my desktop!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Messervy
07-10-2009, 09:40 AM
No need to "Sorry"....

Sure you can have it, PM me your e-mail. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif