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CHARLESTON, S.C.--History and Charleston are inseparable.  Founded in 1670, immigrants first came here to escape religious oppression.  Later, many became wealthy through the rice, indigo and cotton industries. Visitors to Charleston have the opportunity to see important history sites, tour famous mansions, gardens and dine in some of the nation’s finest restaurants. The main area of Charleston, a city of nearly...
Vergers de Romilly After a full day of WW2 battlefields and cemeteries, we made a detour on a side road just behind La Cambe German Military Cemetery. There sits the rustically elegant Vergers de Romilly, a producer of artisanal calvados, cider, and pommeau, an aperitif of blended apple brandy and cider.  Free tastings of the  Norman apple-based spirits are graciously...
OPERATION DYNAMO: The BEF evacuation from Dunkirk Dunkirk: The Movie and the Reality Dunkirk, along with Pearl Harbor, D-Day and Hiroshima, is one of those WWII names that still resonate with most Americans 80 years later.  If that weren’t already true, the release of a major Warner Brothers summer blockbuster by that name will rekindle memories of the May/June 1940...

Sunken LSTs Found

SLAPTON SANDS DISCOVERY By Stephen T. Powers The Massachusetts company Hydroid announced on 28 April that one of its underwater robotic vehicles had located the wrecks off Slapton Sands, Devon, of the two American LSTs (Nos. 507 and 531) that were sunk in April of 1944 during Operation Tiger. Tiger was the third of four training exercise for the upcoming D-Day assault...
  Although universally portrayed as essential and victorious, the D-Day assault on the Normandy coast was not with enormous material and human costs, and it would be an injustice merely to gloss over them. Bombing and the fighting that took place within their bounds heavily damaged a great many Norman cities and towns, most notably Caen and St. Lô. It took...
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Bill Guarnere, who passed away in 2014, was a colorful character and a true American hero. Guarnere, along with other Easy Company members, parachuted into Normandy on 6 June 1944. He and his unit were portrayed in the HBO series "Band of Brothers." This is an interview with Bill from 2006 in Recon Magazine. BAND OF BROTHERS HERO WILD BILD...
By Kevin Dennehy CAEN, France--After a flight from Montreal, Canada, to Paris, rented a car and drove to Caen from DeGualle Airport in about two hours.  Passed numerous reeanactor vehicles, mostly jeeps.  Noticed that security vans and vehicles were also heading north to prepare for President Obama and other dignitaries coming.  Had dinner and saw three or four World War II vets,...
I will be heading to Normandy from 3 June to 12 June.  I am staying in Caen (my colleague Professor Steve Powers reminded me I have been mispronouncing it for years).  A good place to find last minute housing, especially during the 70th Anniversary, is airbnb.com.  On 6 June, I will be attending the 29th Infantry Division ceremonies at...
What if you can’t make it to Normandy this summer? Well, there are (No?) alternative sites that you might consider visiting that are closer to home. Both provide an excellent way to commemorate D-Day that are informative and can be driven to. The National D-Day Memorial: The memorial is located outside the southwest Virginia town of Bedford for a reason. One of...
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