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Author, Historian, & Battlefield Guide fascinated by #WW1 and #WW2. Every week I bring you a glimpse into the Great War with my #OldFrontLine podcast.
6 Jul 19
#DDay75: the role of the British & Commonwealth Medical Services in the #Normandy campaign is an important part of our understanding of events that summer 75 years ago. [thread] 1/14
#DDay75: When a soldier was wounded on the battlefield the first level of medical treatment was from Regimental Stretcher Bearers. These were infantry soldiers posted to the Stretcher Bearers section. As such, despite the myth, they were not Conscientious Objectors. 2/14
#DDay75: Regimental Stretcher Bearers were well trained & well equipped. Their task was to stabilise a casualty, clean & dress a wound, and then evacuate them to a place of safety. 3/14
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23 Jun 19
#DDay75: the role of the Royal Engineers (RE) on D-Day & in the #Normandy campaign is another aspect of the #WW2 British & Commonwealth story that deserves more focus. On most beaches the RE were among the first to land, clearing the beaches making the assault possible. 1/14
#DDay75: Assault Engineers hit the beaches in LCAs & cleared smaller obstacles, also supported by Assault Squadrons RE equipped with Churchill Tank Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE) designed to destroy obstacles & bunkers with their Petard Mortar. 2/14
#DDay75: the Churchill AVRE were equipped with fascines to fill in bomb craters or anti-tank ditches. Others had drop-bridges which could then be used to get over the sea wall. This initial aspect of bridging on D-Day would become of the key roles of RE in 1944-45. 3/14
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29 May 19
Travelling to France for #DDay75? Fancy seeing some lesser-known locations connected to #DDay & the Battle of #Normandy? Then I hope this is of interest!
No 1: 50th (Nortnumbrian) Division Memorial, Bayeux. This division landed on Gold Beach on D-Day & pushed inland, fighting at Tilly and Hottot. The memorial is on an old convent wall, opposite the cathedral & easily missed. #DDay75
No 2: The church at Saint Côme du Mont. Inland from Utah Beach, Fallschirmjager Major von Der Heydte famously watched the Allied landings from the spire. US Para Joe Beyrle was taken POW here after landing on the roof, sent to Poland, escaped & fought alongside the Russians!
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15 Nov 18
I’ve been lucky to be able to take thousands of battlefield photos during the #WW1Centenary, here some of my favourites. Dawn in the trenches at Beaumont-Hamel on the #Somme, June 2016.
The Thiepval Memorial, #Somme - November 2014.
Sunset over Ovillers Military Cemetery 2015. #Somme
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