Posted By Laughing_Wolf • [June 17, 2013]
A restored Churchill on display
As you travel along the D-Day beaches, particularly along Sword, there really are monuments and memorials every few hundred meters, if not closer. Part of this has to do with the large number of small towns and villages that line what is now Sword Beach, and part to do with the intense fighting that took place that day.
Military and civilian casualties
The fighting took a toll on troops, buildings, and civilians in the area. Many of these memorials list all those killed in battle, which is a good thing in my book. Note the bunker just behind and to the right.
This was (is) a 50mm German anti-tank gun, and this particular one has a nasty history. As you can see, it was protected from direct fire from the sea by a very thick wall, yet it had clear shots up towards Juno and down along Sword. If my notes are correct, it is located in or near Luc-sur-Mer.
The view down Sword
This particular gun took out the first tanks ashore in the area. It's fire was devastating.
Fire into the town
In addition to sweeping the beaches, it was sited so that it could fire down the streets of the town at anything trying to swing around and come in behind. It did so, to great effect.
Looking back up at the bunker
It was a tough nut to crack, but an assault by three tanks finally took the gun out that morning.
Honoring those who fell
There are more, of course.
Lion sur Mer
Tomorrow, we reach Courseulles-sur-Mer and Juno Beach proper. In addition, I will get to introduce you to what I think is the best museum on the beaches, bar none.
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