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  1. lou020

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    Hi. anybody know of any good campsites within cycling distance to the normandy ww2 beaches and or museums, mainly the british ones. Not bothered about the yank ones as we all know they think they were the only ones in the war.:Wink:
    We're going in october half term.

    any info greatly appreciated.
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    Louis
     
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    Aires at Ouistreham and Arromanches, municipal site at Arromanches.

    Ouistreham is right on Sword beach and close to Pegasus Bridge on the Caen Canal.

    Arromanches has a fantastic museum for the Mulberry Harbour and many parts are still on the beach. There is also a 360 degree cinema with overnight parking close by, looking out to sea on the cliff top.:thumb:
     

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    There seemed to be quite a few in the Arromanches area when we were there.

    I wouldn't rule out the Yank beaches by the way. They lost a lot of men and the memorials are not at all OTT.

    Easy parking available too.
     
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    Don't forget to visit La Cambe German Cemetry.

    They are buried two deep in dark granite-marked graves. Not every German soldier was a Nazi and they were equally victims of Hilter's madness. They deserve our respect too.:Sad:
     
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    There is an Aire at Juno Beach, it was free from September to March when we stayed.
     
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    I saw that one. I am going to give it a go over the Christmas hols:thumb:
     
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    Many will find it hard to respect when they were responsible for 26 million Russian deaths
     
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    Of the 91 000 German troops captured at Stalingrad, only 6 000 lived to return to Germany after the war. Stalin was a monster too, just he was on our side.

    Can I ask you to read this article?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin

    Stalin did nearly as good a job on his own countrymen as Hiltler did..

    Shell's Grandad was Ukrainian. He was forced to fight for the Germans. He was captured shortly after D-Day. What would you do if your family was threatened with death? Many of the German soldiers defending the beaches of Normandy were not elite Nazis, they were generally second-echelon troops defending what was widely believed by the Nazi leadership to be a secure front. Mostly older men, conscripted foreigners and youths.

    War creates victims on all sides. All combatants went through hell to their graves. Their suffering demands our respect, not their forced or mislead allegiance.:Sad:

    Just having my say............
     
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    There's a free aire in the centre of Bayeux, with a theoretical 24hr parking limit, allowing easy access to the Battle of Normandy Museum and the multinational cemetery opposite.

    Not to mention the cathedral and tapestry.
     
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    I would agree with most of this however don't be there at 12 noon unless you appreciate a Disney rendition of "For Those in Peril on the Sea" and the American National Anthem, for us it ruined the atmosphere.
    After the American cemetery we found a small Aire inland from Omaha beach near the Abbey at Cerisy la Foret and looked around the cemetery there, a French family lost 3 young children around the time of D-Day landings but the parents lived on to quite an age, somehow this hit home as much as the rows of headstones in the War Cemeteries.
    We also enjoyed a visit to Bayeux and the Tapestry whilst in the area. We camped at Arromanches, the Aire was packed, and used public transport to Bayeux.
     
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    And your quire entitled to have your say.

    It was Germany who invaded Russia. It is a matter of historical record that only 1.8 million Russian soldiers returned alive from over 4.5 million captured by the Wehrmacht. The Germans were ruthless in their treatment of Russian military and civilians, often consigning civilians to their death through eviction or as a result of their slash and burn tactics.
    This is probably why the 6th Army was treated in the way it was after it's surrender at Stalingrad. The Russians never forgot what happened to them when they were on the back foot against unwelcome aggressors.
    Incidentally, some senior German officers were in very good health, well clothed and well fed when they surrendered at Stalingrad, yet many of their solders had died of starvation and reports of cannibalism were reported.
     
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    Totally agree.
    When you say Germany started it, you are quite correct, but just as it is today, the leaders who sent the soldiers to war were not the ones suffering on the front line.
    Just because Bliar sent our troops to illegally invade Iraq doesn't mean we shouldn't recognise the suffering of the fallen.
    War is destructive and we should remember the human cost on all sides, even if we don't respect the cause for which they died.
    Good history lesson here though!:thumb:
     
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    If you want a great read about Germany's war on Russia, I would recommend Antony Beever book, STALINGRAD.
     
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    Likewise, try watching the Russian-made film 'Come and See', which is based on actual wartime events in Byelorussia. Bleak isn't the word for it.
     
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    We have a lot to thank the Russian people for. Without their tenacity on the Eastern Front, overcoming and occupying the attentions of the German invaders, a western front wouldn't have been possible.
    Can you imagine the bloodshed in Normandy had the Germans not been focusing their best forces in the East?
    I think, because of the Cold War, the history of the Eastern Front has been suppressed and has escaped most people's WW2 knowledge.
    Normandy is a great introduction to the history of WW2 though, many of the historic sites are well preserved and the museums very well appointed.
    Anyone who visits, and Germans visit too, is well catered for and I feel all ages would benefit from a journey there.:thumb:
     
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    Does it include the conduct of the Russians in Berlin following liberation?

    I doubt it.

    Animals and there is no excuse for it.
     
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    thanks for all the info,
    I am looking at the sites in arromanches. Also looking at the possibility of hiring a car, but public transport can't be ruled out.
     
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    No need to hire a car, Normandy ain't the UK.

    You'll be able to park your MH at all the attractions!:thumb:
     
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    I was at Omaha beach in August and there was room for 40 RV's:thumb:
     
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    We were in Bayeux just a few days ago.

    There was a circus pitched up on the Aire, so no vans could use it. However the car park 30 metres away on Rue de Marche allows up to 3 hours maximum parking.
    However parking is free from 1900 to 0900 so doe not count.

    So if you buy a ticket at 1730 in the afternoon it actually prints out with the ayour departure time as 1030 the following morning.
    You are only paying for 1730-1900 then 0900-1030. (3 hours)

    so overnight parking for only €3....:thumb::thumb:


    We and about 8 other vans took advantage of this...

    :BigGrin:
     
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