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Rod's WWII Trip to the Beaches of D-Day

Rod's Trip

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    You have to start a visit to London with pictures of Big Ben.
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    Is this not one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
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    A picture from across the River Thames of Big Ben and the House of Commons
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    Another look
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    Here's that huge ferris wheel across the Thames from Big Ben. We didn't ride it because it takes forever to get off and on it.
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    Right next to the House of Commons is Westminster Abbey.
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    This is where William and Kate were married a year ago.
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    The churches and cathedrals in Europe are amazing.
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    You just can't get enough pictures of Big Ben
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    10 Downing Street where Prime Minister David Cameron lives is just past these gates.
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    These guys mean business
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    Can you guess what this is?
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    You're right the Tower of London
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    We tried to go inside to buy some of the Crown Jewels.
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    They weren't for sale. My wife was disappointed.
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    The underground in London works very well.
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    The World famous red phone booth on the streets of London
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    They still work.
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    Okay it's starting to be a long day.
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    This is a map room inside Churchill's Underground bunkers. If you go to Europe visit here. This is where Churchhill waged the war for the battle of Britian.
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    Me in front of the numerous war memorials throughout London
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    This is the Imperial War Museum on London
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    These big guns could fire a shell more than 15 miles from a battleship.
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    I want one of these to drive around Utah.
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    Cindy liked this one
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    This is really another great museum dedicated to Britain's war efforts.
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    I love seeing planes hanging from ceilings.
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    Another London tourist trap. The double decker bus.
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    From London we headed to Dover to cross the English Channel to Calais, France
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    Do you know the name of these cliffs.
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    You're right..The White Cliffs of Dover.
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    This is our British Guide and Military Expert...Andrew Duff..Great guy. Very opinionated about the relationship between the Brits and the French.
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    Our first meal in France at a bisto in Caen, France. The French know how to do food.
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    This was one of the most poignant stops of the trip. This monument is dedicated to Easy Company of the 101st Airborne.
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    If you've read "Band of Brothers this is the field where Easy Company took our 4 German guns firing on Utah Beach.
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    They had to move across the field behind this row to take out the four guns.
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    Classic tactics used by Lt. Richard Winter now taught in many military schools
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    A lasting memorial to some very brave soldiers
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    This is Utah Beach. America lost 197 American soldiers on this beach.
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    This was one of the great success stories of D-Day.
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    They drifted about 2-miles from where they were supposed to land
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    They came ashore anyway.
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    This beach has a gentle slope inward that made it a little easier to attack the Germans.
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    A monument to mark Utah Beach
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    This is Ray Clark from Murray, Utah. He was on the trip with us. He was 19 when he came ashore Utah Beach two days after the D-Day invasion. Great guy.
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    This monument is dedicated to the Navy involved in the invasion of Utah Beach
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    One of the German bunkers on Utah Beach still there today.
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    The new U-S museum at Utah Beach
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    This is a fascinating museum.
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    Here's one of the landing craft that was used.
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    This is Ste. Mere Eglise. Another famous battle site during the D-Day invasion.
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    See the paratrooper hanging on the side of one of the steeples. True story portrayed in the movie "The Longest Day"
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    From Ste. Mere Egliese we went to Pointe du Hoc.
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    President Reagan shared the story of the boys of Pointe Du Hoc during his 1984 speech here.
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    The Rangers had to scale these cliffs while the Germans were firing down on them.
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    They are beautiful today.
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    Our group touring the various German bunkers.
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    Another view of the cliffs.
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    A view from inside one of the bunkers looking out on Pointe du Hoc.
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    Another look at a German bunker
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    Looking down the hole
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    A bomb crater
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    A view down the cliffs.
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    The path along the cliffs.
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    It's really pretty here.
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    The Entrance to Omaha Beach
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    A memorial on the beach dedicated to the allied effort.
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    This is where we suffered our heaviest losses.
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    a long , flat wide open beach
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    The Germans were on this higher ground
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    Killing troops as they came on the beach. This is where American troops showed their courage and grit. It was either get off the beach or get killed.
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    We all got quiet when we entered the Natiional Cemetary at Normandie.
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    9,367 soldiers are buried here.
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    This is an amazing site
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    You walk through the rows and rows of crosses and read the names of the fallen heroes.
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    This was the most touching parts of the trip.
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    One of the marble crosses.
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    A closer look
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    This was another great moment of the trip. These three men, two Brits and our own Ray Clark, he's in the middle, saw each other in one of the museums
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    They all came ashore during the D-Day invasion. They didn't know each other but when they saw Ray, one of them said "How you doin' Yank"
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    We ended the trip in Paris
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    This is the Notre Dame Cathedral
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    The Eiffel Tower at Night
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    Pretty isn't it.
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    Thanks for taking the trip with us.
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    Goodbye Paris