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Villers-Bocage Then & Now......

Article about: Just spent a most enjoyable week in Normandy, with V-B as our 'local' town. As has been said many times, there's not much to see. But if you have a good selection of books the 'Wittmann' loc

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    I would like to visit here at least?
    That photo was taken on the road from Chambois to Vimoutiers. It's just past Hill 262 at Mont Ormel where the museum is located...this is the key area to see many of the famous 'Falaise' locations ; Moissy Ford and St Lambert sur Dives are just a few minutes' drive away ( you can even walk it if you're feeling fit ! ). And then, of course, you can just keep going along the Vimoutiers road to see the iconic Tiger.....

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    Thanks Martin, just want to visit a couple of the iconic locations related to the closing of the gap as it were...
    I would like to visit here at least?
    The photo is on the road from Chambois up to Mont Ormel as Martin says the use of the phrase the Falaise pocket is misleading as it's actually in the area he has described south of Trun . The pocket leads out to Vimoutiers where the famous Tiger 1 is located despite it waiting for removal to Saumur for it to be refurbished . The old Museum in Falaise has now gone and is the Normandy Overlord museum although just outside the Castle is a new museum to the local population and resistance , they have just put in a Sherman Tank outside it decorated in modrn art !! The HJ School is still there as is the Battle damaged Church in the centre and there are quite a few memorials to the Canadians dotted around , still plenty to see.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Yes, that's right. Sometimes referred to as 'Le Couloir de la Mort' ( 'Corridor of Death' ) but that expression really refers to the whole area between Trun and Chambois, containing at least three parallel roads. One of the early 'After The Battle' magazines from the 1970s covers the area and is still today a useful reference for visitors.

    Just remembered this old post......

    Another Falaise Gap relic (Flak 38)

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    Quote by Martin Bull View Post
    Yes, that's right. Sometimes referred to as 'Le Couloir de la Mort' ( 'Corridor of Death' ) but that expression really refers to the whole area between Trun and Chambois, containing at least three parallel roads. One of the early 'After The Battle' magazines from the 1970s covers the area and is still today a useful reference for visitors.

    Just remembered this old post......

    Another Falaise Gap relic (Flak 38)
    Great, thanks Martin, just ordered a copy !!

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