HANGER and MUSEUM, ECAUSSEVILLE, FRANCE
HELP PRESERVE THIS HISTORICAL SITE
Visiting France via Cherbourg? Why not break your journey
on your route (N3/E3/E46) by visiting the hanger and
It lies to the west of the road between Montebourg and St Mere
Eglise. If you're visiting the Normandy Beaches, particularly Utah
and Omaha, go the extra mile to see this
important historical building and museum. Your visit will help
preserve the site for the
benefit of generations to come.
April - May: Wednesdays,
Saturdays & Sundays - 2 to 6 pm
June: every day from 2 to 6 pm. (Closed on Friday)
July - August: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm
September: every day from 2 to 6 pm. (Closed on Friday)
visits by appointment.
area and snacks available on site.
The hanger, built in 1919, is an immense iron and concrete
building 150 meters long, 30 meters high and 40m wide. It is
the only survivor of the twelve airship hangers built by the
French navy during the First World War to protect airships
whose purpose was to attack and destroy German submarines.
as a historic monument in 2003 and is managed by the
"Association des amis du hangar d'Ecausseville" which works
towards its long term preservation.
Subject: Request for partnership and support,
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
are an association that aims to preserve the Hangar of
to save and renovate the site.
This site has a museum where
we organize guided tours
complete history of the site
over 100 years including WW1
(1914-18), WW2 1939-45 and the Cold War.
We display equipment,
photographs and models etc. and
We would like, if possible, that you share on your site, our logo and our link to participate in the promotion of our
museum which needs your help to
increase the number of visits per year, as
public aid has never been so low.
By this simple action you
will help us to preserve
this important shared heritage for future generations.
A big thanks in advance.
Friends of the Hangar Association
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF COMMANDO RAID ON SARK - 3RD
Operation Basalt - Commando Raid on Sark - 3/4 October
I am Chairman of
a small group put together (mostly from the Sark Branch of the Royal
British Legion, of which I am also Chairman) to organise the
commemorations for the 75 anniversary of Operation Basalt, the Small
Scale Raiding Force raid on Sark on 3rd/4th October 1942. The
Raiding Force was commanded by Captain (later Major) Geoffrey
Appleyard and was brought across the English Channel by MTB 344
commanded by Lieutenant Freddie Bourne.
will take the form of an unveiling of a memorial stone on the 3rd
October this year. Hopefully preceded by a naval and commando
re-enactment of the landing on Sark, we await confirmation of the
naval participation. However, there is to be a naval recce to Sark
on the 25th of this month. On the evening of the 3rd
October there is planned to be a Presentation/Talk and question &
answer session at one of our hotels. On the morning of the 4th
October we plan to conduct a led battle field walk ‘In the steps of
the commandos’. We have several of the Bramley War Memorial group
and the half-brother to Geoffrey Appleyard (John Appleyard) already
booked in to attend our commemorations.
We would be
delighted if any visitors to your website wanted to attend our
Lt Col (Retired)
RJ Guille MBE
Chairman – Op
Basalt Group. (April 2017)
Detailed Programme Tuesday 3rd October and
Wednesday 4th October 2017
10:00 Ferry departs Guernsey.
15:00 Hog’s Back
Welcome by Maj Christopher Beaumont, Seigneur of Sark & President of
the Sark Branch, Royal British Legion.
Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone by Mr John Appleyard and Lt Col
Reg Guille (late Army Commando & Chairman of the Op Basalt Group).
The Standard of the Sark Branch, Royal British Legion will be
paraded by Mr John Hunt during the unveiling ceremony.
19:00 Stocks Hotel, Brasserie
Presentation on Op Basalt by Mr Eric Lee (Author of the book
Operation Basalt – The British Raid on Sark and Hitler’s Commando
Order). This is a ticketed event and tickets may be purchased from
Stocks Hotel @ £28.00 this includes the buffet supper and a donation
to the Op Basalt fund/Sark Branch of the Royal British Legion.
Presentation to be followed by a Question & Answer (Q&A) Session
hosted by Mr Eric Lee, Mr John Appleyard and Maj Marco Ciotti.
Q&A Session to be followed by the Buffet, there will be a special
party pricing list of selected alcoholic beverages from the
11:15 Visitor Centre
Battlefield Walk ‘In the Footsteps of the Commandos’ will depart
from the Visitor Centre. Tickets @£6.00 may be purchased from the
Visitor Centre and monies will be donated to the Op Basalt fund/Sark
Branch of the Royal British Legion. The walk will be led and
presented by Maj Marco Ciotti with the help of Ms Jan Guy (Sark
Walking Tour Guide), see Note 1.
The walk will commence with a presentation near the cannon and Op
Basalt Memorial Stone on the Hog’s Back, the walk will then take the
route of the commando raid stopping at various points along the way
for more detailed descriptions of the events that took place at
those points of interest.
The walk will conclude at approximately 14.15 outside Dixcart Hotel.
17:00 Ferry departs Sark
Battlefield Walk Ticket Holders may join the Battlefield Walk at the
The Visitor Centre will be hosting an Op Basalt Exhibition during
The Sark Heritage & Occupation Museum will be open with an emphasis
on Op Basalt and is well worth a visit. Opening times: Tue 3 Oct
11am – 2pm and Wed 4 Oct 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Please contact Kaye Char
on Mobile: 07624-230911 for opening outside those times.
SAUNTON BEACH, DEVON - 2017 D-DAY EVENTS
I'd like to take a min to inform you about
our upcoming 1940's event, which is being planned for Saunton Beach (North
Devon), Saturday June 3rd. We have an exciting programme of events planned
and would love to have you involved!
The event is being held to celebrate and
commemorate the 10,000 U.S. troops that lived and trained here in
preparations for the D-Day landings. Therefore the central theme of the
days events will be American, we are however welcoming all WW2 re-enactors
and living history groups as they will help us to tell a more complete
story of what was happening in England at that time.
This will be an interactive event that has a
significant ‘experiential’ factor intended to involve and educate
visitors. Free to the public, it will capitalise on the interest shown in
previous events to bring crowds and media coverage. The event will also
provide the model to develop for a large scale event planned in 2018.
From re-enactors who would relish the
experience of camping out in the dunes and being part of our model Assault
Training Centre camp, to period vehicle owners and stall holders. We
really need you to help us to bring this event alive.
Interested?. If you have any questions,
please do get in touch via
Lucie and Paul Tamlyn
D-Day 2017 Summary of Activities
am – 4pm (with evening cinema event 7pm – 10pm TBC) Event cost: Free to
the public (space for 600 cars). Location: Saunton Sands Beach, North
Devon (on the sand). Contact:
was established by local history organization Friends of the Assault
Training Center (FATC) to educate about the experience of approximately
10,000 American GIs, who trained for the Normandy landings in the sand
dunes of Braunton Burrows. FATC has organised a number of events at North
Devon beaches and in particular 2 large scale events at Saunton (2015/16)
which proved very popular. Working with First Wave 44 and Cobbaton Combat
museum, battle scene re-enactments and period vehicle displays brought a
real sense of the era.
Beach Enterprises, who manage the beach, will be helping to organise the
2017 event, allowing FATC to focus more on its educational role. The
event will take place amongst the dunes, and on the beach and comprise of
one days activities to entertain and educate.
center will be a mockup of an A.T.C. camp and a programme of activities
that follow a (genuine) day in the life of a 1940s GI camp. This will
feature the everyday goings on of military life and training – from
briefings on tactics for overcoming obstacles (including a mocked up pill
box), PT exercise apparatus and camp cooking session. To bring the
experience alive, there will be periodic ‘flash mob’ activities, with
re-enactors engaging the public in pre-set activities including lectures
on how best to assault a pill box, landing craft disembarkment practice,
mail call distribution of letters + PT drills.
We are still
seeking more re-enactors who would be interested in camping out (in their
own section) to help us illustrate what camp life was like – in terms of
kit, uniform, recounts of a soldier’s life. During the day, visitors would
be encouraged to mingle and learn.
of the Pillbox – A re-enactment display
of the day’s activities will be an assault of the pillbox, conducted by
First Wave 44. Showcasing tactics discussed earlier in the day in the
flash mob camp activities (and supported by additional public info).
activity will be underpinned by the FATC tent, offering the public a
chance to ask questions about the details of the WW2 experience of GIs
living in camp and training in Braunton Burrows. In addition, a roving
‘historical interpreter’ (in costume) will be giving impromptu history
lessons and lending explanations for DDD camp activities.
inside an army surplus field tent. During the day the cinema will show
Spirit of the Sands (a documentary about the ATC) with an evening showing
of Saving Private Ryan (TBC).
licensed bar and 1940s vintage tea tent to stalls and information booths,
we are looking to build a beach strip leading to the camp that that
conjure up the spirit of the era. If you can see a way of fitting into
this, we would love to hear from you!
GEOFFREY APPLEYARD DSO,
MC and BAR.
We are a voluntary group who look after 80
War and Remembered Graves in Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
This includes a Memorial to Major Geoffrey
Appleyard DSO, MC and Bar of No.7 and No.62 Commando, he commanded the
Small Scale Raiding Force and was the first 2nd in Command of the Second
He was posted Missing in Action in July
1943, aged 26.
In order to raise funds to restore and
maintain his Memorial we have reprinted a facsimile edition of the book
"Geoffrey" written by his father in 1946 - this has the full support of
his family and marks the centenary of his birth.
Its a hardback illustrated book limited to
700 copies, produced in the UK and all proceeds after print costs and
Amazon/PayPal fees, go to the restoration.
It can be purchased online via Amazon or
via this link:
The cost of the book is £11.99 plus £3.00
Postage and Packaging, all books are sent First Class within one working
I've also attached poster and images of
the book, I can be contacted on this email or on 07701 048812.
We've had good support from Geoffrey's
Regiment, SAS Regimental Association and Commando Veterans Website
Thanks and kind regards,
Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings.
Operation Chariot, the
Raid on St Nazaire and POW Camp Marlag 'O' 1942 - 45
1st Lt Philip Dark RN
To be held at Abbott and
Holder Ltd, 30 Museum St, London WC1A 1LH. Private view 6 - 9 pm, Thursday
21st May 2015. The exhibition will continue through to Saturday 27th June.
All works will be displayed online from Wednesday 6th May.
Dark was a 1st Lt on Motor
Launch (ML) 306, one of the craft that accompanied HMS Campbeltown on
Operation Chariot, the Combined Operation
raid on the huge Normandy dock in St Nazaire, 8 miles up the Loire on the
28th March 1942. The aim was to ram the explosive packed Campbeltown into
the dock, destroying it so the German battleship 'Tirpitz' would never be
able to use the dock as a base for raids on Allied shipping in the
Atlantic. Dark's motor launch carried 15 of the 257 commandos who were
supposed to destroy the adjacent submarine pens but who were captured
before they could land. Of the 611 men involved in the raid, 169 were
killed, 242 returned home and 200 were captured, including 1st Lt Dark.
His water colours and
drawings record the raid on St Nazaire and his subsequent imprisonment in
the POW camp Marlag 'O' near Bremen from Sept 1942 to May 1945. His works
miraculously survived the war, together with his written account. They are
a fascinating and vivid record lf his experiences.
June - August
Raffle of a Painting “Let's Play, not Slay"
David A Thorp
depicts the legendary football match between the opposing
forces in no man's land on Christmas eve 1914.
It has a value of £2,500 and will be raffled during the summer of 2015 in
aid of the Royal British Legion and the Cheshire Regimental Benevolent Fund.
Almost £4,500 was raised for the Royal British Legion and other Charities.
Commemorative Event on Saturday 7th June in Grangues
LeCallonec of the Dives area Tourism Office has received firm info from
the Mayor of Grangues.
Her email reads as follows:
I've had a
contact with the mayor of Grangues, M. Langevin. There is a ceremony on
Saturday the 7th of June at 11 am in Grangues. The meeting takes place
near the church. There is a ceremony near the graves of the paras followed
by a cold lunch at the Town Hall. The mayor wishes to know the names of
the people who will come.
Names/numbers will help local organisers
in budgeting for food. To that end would anyone wishing to attend the
service and partake of the cold lunch option please send details to my
website e-mail address at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass your details on to Christine.
I run the www.591-antrim-parachute.info website where there is information
about the Grangues plane crashes and the the war crime enquiry about the
assassinated members of my grandfather's para squadron.
I suggest an arrival time around 10 am will ensure an orderly assembly at
11am. Traffic this year likely to be a major issue generally in Normandy.
Day, Motherwell, 21st June 2014
Motherwell & Wishaw Citizen Advice Bureau are holding a public event in
Hamilton Town Centre, Castle Street, on Saturday 21st June 2014, as
part of the Armed Forces Day Celebrations – members of the Armed Services
Community and of the General Public will have an accessible local venue to
celebrate our serving and veteran armed forces community.
deliver the Lanarkshire Region Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP), and we
want to engage with as many serving and veteran members as we can. Other
exhibitors will include advisory and health and well being partners, such as:
Military Personnel – Spider dome, caravan & military face painting
– Scottish Association for Mental Health
– Trauma Risk Injury Management
– Health & Wellbeing
Fire Service – Fire safety bus & chip pan display (operational fire truck)
Terminal 1 Digibus
will be located in the Town Square, (access via Castle Street) at the War Arch
Memorial. It will run for 4 hours at the busiest time of the day from 11am –
Programme of Events •
Normandy • June 2014
Please feel free to circulate this
programme to anyone you think may be interested.
After many changes, we have
put this together from the last information received.
Where different times have
been given by different people, the earlier time is shown.
(Something to do with a party at a
drinks factory !)
Wednesday 4th June
0900 hrs. Bénouville:
140 teenagers leave Caen in 70 canoes together with a
1944 British Patrol Boat travel to Pegasus Bridge,
arriving approximately 1130 hrs.
1130 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
Museum Curator will be presented with a book of the work the above
students have carried out to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day,
in the presence of French Ministers of Sport and Veterans Affairs. Music
by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
1430 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
Concert by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
1600 hrs. Bénouville:
Speech and Wreath Laying at the No. 4 Commando Memorial (next to Cafe
Gondrée) with Commandant KIEFFER Veterans and Fusiliers Marins of
1830 hrs. Putot en Auge:
Memorial Service at the War Cemetery, moving onto the Old Railway
Station, Vin d'honneur. Parachute Band & Red Devils Free Fall Team.
Thursday 5th June
1000 hrs. Bénouville:
(HRH to lay wreath at the Glider Pilot Memorial)
British Minister arrives at Avenue Commandant KIEFFER and crossing of
the Pegasus Bridge. Ceremony at Signal Memorial at Major Howard
Esplanade. (MB) (HRH)
1000 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
(Ticketed Event. The Museum will be closed to the general
public) Wreath Laying at Ox & Bucks Memorial & Brigadier Hill’s
Statue. Re-Dedication of the refurbished Royal Marines D-Day Centaur
Tank, in the presence of the British Defence Minister. Vin d'honneur.
(PRHQ) (MW) (YL) (PB)
1000 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
Music by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
1300 hrs. Ranville:
(Ticketed Event with HRH) Veteran Lunch in the Village
Hall. Presentation of 70th Anniversary Medals to Veterans. Band Display
and Presentation of Major Jack Watson MC bust to the Village.
(PRHQ) (YL) (HRH)
1300 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
Full Band Concert by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
1400 hrs. Saint Vaast En Auge:
Service of Remembrance in English and French. Vin d'honneur.
1530 hrs. Ranville:
(Ticketed area for Veterans with HRH)
DZ “N”. (The road between Ranville and
Bréville will be closed) Parachute Drop by The Red Devils
& Pathfinder UK Group Free Fall Teams. Parachute drop by French,
British, Canadian and American
(what are they doing on Our DZ ?)
Para. (PRHQ) (YL) (HRH)
1630 hrs. Le Mesnil (The
(Ticketed Event with HRH) Service of Remembrance. Wreath Laying
at 3rd Para Brigade and Canadian Monuments.
(YL) (PRHQ) (HRH)
1700 hrs. Bréville Les Monts: (HRH
will attend a reception)
Memorial Service. Music by The West Yorkshire Police Band. Vin d'honneur.
(PRHQ) (MBr) (YPB) (YL) (HRH)
1800 hrs. Merville Battery:
Unveiling of a cross of Sacrifice. Parade of 9th Para Veterans.
(PRHQ) (YL) (GBM)
1800 hrs. Bénouville:
Welcoming of Major Howard’s men of the Ox & Bucks and the 7th Para
Battalion. Concert by The West Yorkshire Police Band at the Village
Hall. (MB) (YPB) (PB)
2000 hrs. Troarn:
Dinner of The 3rd Para Brigade Memorial Association.
(Booking Only from Yves Le Cuziat MBE) (YL)
2215 hrs. Memorial Pegasus:
(FREE Entry but Only Limited Places
Available) Re-showing of last years controversial Film “6th
June 1944 - They Were The First” by French director Jean-Michel VECCHIET.
2300 hrs. Troarn:
Fireworks at the Dives Bridge. (YL)
2330 hrs. Merville Battery:
Firework Display organised by Normandie Memoire.
2330 hrs. Bénouville:
Ceremony by Major Howard’s Bust on Landing Zone. Firework Display by
Pegasus Bridge. (MB) (PB) (MW)
Friday 6th June
0900 hrs. Ranville:
(Ticketed area for Veterans & Families) Wreath Laying
Ceremony at Crossroads. Mass at the Church. Memorial Service in the War
Cemetery. (PRHQ) (YL)
1030 hrs. Ranville Churchyard:
Wreath Laying at the grave of Den BROTHERIDGE.
1100 hrs. Ranville War Cemetery:
Music by The West Yorkshire Police and Parachute Regiment Bands.
1115 hrs. Bénouville:
March to Bénouville Cemetery for Wreath Laying on British Graves by
children and British Cadets.. Music by the Band of Liberation.
1230 hrs. Bénouville:
March from the Town Hall to Signals Memorial for Wreath Laying Ceremony.
Music by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
(MB) (YPB) (PB)
1310 hrs. Bénouville:
Ceremony at 7th Para Memorial opposite Town Hall. Vin d'honneur.
1400 hrs. Banneville War Cemetery:
Memorial Service. 350 children lay flowers on War Graves in an Act of
Remembrance. (YL) (PRHQ) (MSa)
1530 hrs. Hérouvillette:
Wreath Laying Ceremony with the Mayor and children of the village.
1530 hrs. Touffreville Churchyard:
Wreath Laying at the grave of Corporal O’Sullivan.
1530 hrs. Bures Sur Dives:
Wreath Laying Ceremony at Captain Jukes Memorial.
1545 hrs. Touffreville:
Wreath Laying at the Billington & Platt Memorial.
1600 hrs. Touffreville:
Wreath Laying at the 8th Battalion & Brigadier Pearson Memorials.
1615 hrs. Escoville:
Wreath Laying with the Mayor. Vin d'honneur.
1700 hrs. Troarn:
Wreath Laying at the 3rd Para Squadron Royal Engineers & French
Memorial. Vin d'honneur. (YL) (PRHQ)
1830 hrs. Bénouville:
Concert (Tattoo) by the Band of Liberation.
2000 hrs. Merville Battery:
Bagpipe Concert by the MacFarlane Pipe Band.
Saturday 7th June
RAF Fly Past with a Lancaster,
Dakota, Spitfire and Hurricane. See below for timings ! ! !
0930 hrs. Sannerville:
Wreath Laying at 4th Special Service Brigade Royal Marine Commandos
Memorial. Music by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
(YL) (YPB) (MSa)
1000 hrs. Grangues:
Service of Remembrance followed
by the scattering of the ashes of Wally TROUTT of the
12th Battalion. (B&F)
1000 hrs. Sannerville:
3rd Division Memorial (by Church). Wreath Laying. Fly Past.
March Past with Military Band. (followed by Lunch. Booking Only
from Yves Le Cuziat MBE) (YL)
1000 hrs. Merville Battery:
Official Ceremony of the British No. 3 Commando.
1100 hrs. Merville Battery:
Ceremony to celebrate the official classification as a historical
monument of the ‘SNAFU SPECIAL’. Fly Past.
1400 hrs. Sannerville:
Concert by The West Yorkshire Police Band.
1600 hrs. Bénouville:
Major Howard Esplanade. Artistic Representation Project “Operation
Sunday 8th June
0930 hrs. La Cambe German War
Cemetery: Service of
Remembrance. Captain Dr. David TIBBS MC (RAMC attached to 13th
Battalion) to lay Wreath. It would be nice if other Veterans could join
us at this event. (B&F)
1000 hrs. Beuzeville:
Meet at the Town Hall and parade to the War Memorial and War Graves in
the Cemetery. (followed by a meal. Booking Only from Yves Le
Cuziat MBE) (MBe)
1030 hrs. Merville Battery:
Open Air Mass. (GBM)
2000 hrs. Merville Battery:
Bagpipe Concert by the MacFarlane Pipe Band.
INFORMATION OF EVENTS FROM:
(B&F) = Bern & Fay Robins • Independent
(GBM) = Mairie Merville
Franceville • Gun Battery Museum.
(HRH) = From Prince Charles Diary.
(MB) = Mairie Bénouville.
(MBe) = Mairie Beuzeville.
(MBr) = Mairie Bréville les Monts.
(MSa) = Mairie Sannerville.
(MSt) = Mairie St Vaast en Auge.
(MW) = Mark Worthington •
Memorial Pegasus Museum Curator.
(PB) = Penny Bates • Ox & Bucks
(PRHQ) = Paul Rodgers • Parachute
(YL) = Yves Le Cuziat MBE • 3rd
Brigade Memorial Association.
(YPB) = Keith Williams •
Yorkshire Police Band.
70 Anniversary D-Day Event in Harwich, Essex.
HM LBK6 (Landing
Barge Kitchen) is the clubhouse of the Harwich and Dovercourt Sailing
Club. A Remembrance Service was held on the 69th anniversary of D-Day on
June 6th 2013. Representatives from the service organisations, veterans their
families and friends assembled on the lower deck (function room) which was very
ably opened by D Day veteran Ron Smith (photo), a member of the LST & Landing
Craft Association. The lower deck is now officially known as "The Normandy Room"
as a a tribute to those ships and men whose destiny it was to sail to Normandy
that fateful day, amongst which was, of course, LBK6.
This 70th Anniversary year we are again
holding a Commemoration event and hope to welcome all service veterans
from whatever field who cannot make it to Normandy, plus their family
and friends. The programme starts around 11.00 am with coffee and
biscuits followed by a gentle short parade with pipe band at around
11.30 am. Lunch and a few "goodies", provided by the club, will draw the
proceedings to an end.
To help with the organisation of the
event, anyone wishing to attend should please e-mail the
Harwich and Dovercourt Sailing Club
in the first instance.
Club is located at: Gas House Creek, Harwich, Essex.
COMBINED OPERATIONS MEMORIAL DEDICATION CEREMONY
JULY 4TH 2013
Dedication Ceremony in words and photos