Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

British D-Day Beaches Airbrushed by French Tourism Chiefs

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

British D-Day Beaches Airbrushed by French Tourism Chiefs

Old 6th Jun 2013, 07:51
  #1 (permalink)  
Ecce Homo! Loquitur...
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Peripatetic
Posts: 13,695
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
British D-Day Beaches Airbrushed by French Tourism Chiefs

D-Day heroes wiped off the map by the French: Veterans' fury after tourism chiefs ignore Sword Beach in promotional campaign

It was the scene of some of D-Day’s fiercest fighting, where almost 700 brave British troops were killed or wounded. Exactly 69 years ago today - June 6 1944 - courageous UK forces went ashore at Sword Beach into a ferocious barrage from German guns.

But on the anniversary of the Normandy landings, as thousands congregate on the coast to remember the selfless Allied sacrifice, veterans are furious their role in history is being airbrushed by money-grabbing French tourism chiefs........
ORAC is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 08:01
  #2 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Australia
Posts: 925
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Whilst I can understand the feeling, I am not sure the Daily Mail is totally unbiased in its handling of this.
I was just reflecting the other day at how totally impressed I was how ordinary men and women of the towns that host the WWI battle sites and graveyards behave as custodians of that history. Towns in France and Belgium that show such tender respect for the fallen, and the families of those who fought and now make pilgrimages.
I have nothing but gratitude for those folk, and suspect the average men and women in France and other European countries show the same respect for the fallen and returned servicemen of WWII.

Last edited by rjtjrt; 6th Jun 2013 at 08:03.
rjtjrt is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 08:37
  #3 (permalink)  
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: London
Posts: 7,071
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Synthetic headline...........

Possibly taken off the tourist trail as its now very much a suburb???
Heathrow Harry is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 08:55
  #4 (permalink)  
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Swindonshire
Posts: 1,986
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I regularly go over there with Staff Ri... sorry, sorry, Ex: We Are Not Allowed To Call Them Staff Rides Anymore, and rjtjrt is correct. The French do take this very seriously, as a quick shufti at the story reveals.

The Mail is running a story which is, in fact, about two months old - the locals have been all over this, at DEFCON Prepare to Launch Tractors on Paris, since the middle of April, as a search on google will demonstrate.

When the idea gets kicked into touch, I daresay that this will be another of those 'victory for the Daily Mail' headlines, when the hard work will in fact have been done as a result of protests by the locals, who appear - unless they work for the tourist board - to be vehemently against it...
Archimedes is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 12:43
  #5 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: France
Age: 78
Posts: 6,379
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We recently went to the commemoration of 70th anniversary of a Lancaster that was shot down in 1943 - whole village turned out, band, school choir - whole thing prdicaterd on gratitude of the French for Liberation. Very touching
Wander00 is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 15:53
  #6 (permalink)  
I don't own this space under my name. I should have leased it while I still could
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Lincolnshire
Age: 79
Posts: 16,774
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
And this is news? Topical may be but news, no. It was in the papers back in April I think but trust the Mail.
Pontius Navigator is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 16:14
  #7 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Downeast
Age: 74
Posts: 17,648
Received 24 Likes on 18 Posts
Fitting we still remember the courage of ALL who landed on the beaches that day.

The Omaha Beach losses are staggering to contemplate....2500 Dead in one Day. Some units took 95% Casualties in less than 15 minutes.

Hand Salute to all who served!
SASless is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 20:08
  #8 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: The real world
Posts: 446
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
rtjjrt, the majority do, however the inhabitants of Caen still have quite a bad memory of their liberation and whilst I'm sure they are glad to be free from German occupation they have a somewhat skewed view of us brits and Canadians.
Jayand is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 20:16
  #9 (permalink)  
Join Date: May 2009
Location: somewhere in the middle
Posts: 294
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I was in Caen a few weeks ago, there were plenty of leaflets for battlefield tours, plenty of official town guides featuring the D-Day beaches, events, etc, in French and English.

None in German though...
thetimesreader84 is online now  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 21:19
  #10 (permalink)  
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Exit stage right.
Posts: 289
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Lt. Billie D. Harris Tribute

I was in Normandy just before D-Day last year when at US Cemetery I was told the story of this guy and his grave. He has been honoured for many years even though his wife took 60 years to find out what really happened.

I have posted on here before about it as guide told us about it and the lady visiting each year and would have been there the following day.

It was a rainy day and just as well as seemingly many people seemed to suffer from precipitation from the eyes.
racedo is offline  
Old 6th Jun 2013, 23:42
  #11 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: London, New York, Paris, Moscow.
Posts: 3,630
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
No class

Hand Salute to all who served!

I DELIBERATELY avoided your quote of casualty figures as I would not wish to defame those men who gave their lives in La grande libération...you just go on digging that deep hole for yourself...

..EVERYTHING you post on here distorts facts and figures to match your own twisted perceived viewpoint and it's become B O R I N G.

Last edited by glad rag; 7th Jun 2013 at 00:04.
glad rag is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.