Classic Car Road Trip

Normandy 2014

Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip through Normandy in a 1942 Ford GPW World War II Jeep. During our road trip along the coast of Normandy, we visited the museums and memorials of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944 and the historic D-Day landing beaches, code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. We also visited the military cemeteries containing the graves and memorials of the soldiers who were killed during the many battles in Normandy, such as La Cambe German Military Cemetery near Bayeux, the largest Second World War military cemetery in Normandy, and the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Many remains of the German Atlantic Wall and the D-Day landings can still be seen along the coast of Normandy. The Atlantic Wall was a coastal defence system, built during the Second World War by nazi-Germany as a defence against the Allied invasion and the liberation of Nazi-Germany occupied Europe. Each year, there are many commemorations of the D-Day landings. WWII jeep owners are invited to attend several D-Day anniversary ceremonies, our jeep stood in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and we participated in a memory tour in Courseulle-sur-Mer.

Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 GPW Ford Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the...

Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 GPW Ford Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the museums and memorials of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Our 1942 Ford Jeep on Utah Beach, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum is visible in the background.

  1. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 GPW Ford Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 GPW Ford Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the museums and memorials of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944. Our 1942 Ford Jeep on Utah Beach, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum is visible in the background.

  2. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Veterans Charity Memorial and the original Pegasus Bridge are situated in the grounds of the Pegasus...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Veterans Charity Memorial and the original Pegasus Bridge are situated in the grounds of the Pegasus Memorial Museum in Ranville. The memorial is dedicated to the men of the 6th Airborne Division who landed at Ranville in the early hours of 6th June 1944, they captured intact two road bridges and liberated Ranville and Bénouville.

  3. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The original Pegasus Bridge, on display in the Pegasus Memorial Museum in Ranville. In the early hours of D-Day,...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The original Pegasus Bridge, on display in the Pegasus Memorial Museum in Ranville. In the early hours of D-Day, the 6th Airborne Division under the command of Major John Howard took the Bénouville Bridge across the Caen Canal within ten minutes. On the 26th of June 1944, the bridge was renamed the Pegasus Bridge, after the emblem of the British Airborne troops.

  4. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: During the Road Trip through Normandy in our 1942 Ford GPW World War II Jeep, we also visited Juno...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: During the Road Trip through Normandy in our 1942 Ford GPW World War II Jeep, we also visited Juno Beach. On D-Day, the 6th of june 1944, Juno Beach was the landing zone of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Armoured Brigade. Our jeep landed at Juno Beach in 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day.

  5. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Juno Beach, in the background a German bunker of the Atlantic Wall. Juno Beach is one of the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Juno Beach, in the background a German bunker of the Atlantic Wall. Juno Beach is one of the five D-Day beaches in Normandy. Juno Beach is situated near towns of Graye-sur-Mer, Courseulle-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. The landing zone Juno Beach covered about 7 km of the Normandy coast.

  6. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Watching the sunset at Juno Beach, the evening before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Now, Juno Beach is quiet...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Watching the sunset at Juno Beach, the evening before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Now, Juno Beach is quiet and peaceful, but in June 1944 Canadian troops fought their way across Juno Beach. The Canadians suffered 5,500 casualties during the Allied invasion of Normandy. The first day, 359 Canadian soldiers lost their lives on Juno Beach.

  7. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Courseulles-sur-Mer, a floral wreath floating on the waves near Juno Beach Pier during a...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Courseulles-sur-Mer, a floral wreath floating on the waves near Juno Beach Pier during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. On D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place, 156,000 Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy, 5,000 landing and assault crafts, 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers took part in the operation. 

  8. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Jeep in front of the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, a copy of paratrooper hanging from the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Jeep in front of the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, a copy of paratrooper hanging from the tower. Sainte-Mère-Église is situated near Utah Beach. The village is known for the landings of the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, who landed here on D-Day. Private John Steele landed on the church roof, his parachute got stuck on a pinnacle of the tower, he hung there helpless. Later, he was taken prisoner by the Germans.

  9. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our 1942 Ford Jeep on Utah Beach, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum in the background. Utah Beach is the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our 1942 Ford Jeep on Utah Beach, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum in the background. Utah Beach is the westermost beach of the five D-Day landing beaches of the Allied invasion in Normandy. Operation Overlord was the codename for the Allied invasion and liberation of Nazi-Germany occupied Europe. Operation Overlord started on D-Day, the 6th of june 1944.

  10. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Martin B-26 Marauder, an American bomber aircraft used by Allied forces during WWII, it is on display at...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Martin B-26 Marauder, an American bomber aircraft used by Allied forces during WWII, it is on display at the Utah Beach D-Day Museum near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The Utah Beach D-Day Museum is built on the beach where the first American troops landed on D-Day, the 6th of June 1944.

  11. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Remembrance crosses with poppies, placed inside an Allied landing craft, the memorials to those...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Remembrance crosses with poppies, placed inside an Allied landing craft, the memorials to those soldiers who fought and died in combat during the Allied invasion in 1944. This Allied landing craft was used during the D-Day landings, it lies in front of Le Grand Bunker, the Atlantic Wall Museum in the village of Ouistreham, near Sword Beach.

  12. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: View over Ouistreham and Sword Beach from the Grand Bunker, Le Grand Bunker, the Atlantic Wall Museum in the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: View over Ouistreham and Sword Beach from the Grand Bunker, Le Grand Bunker, the Atlantic Wall Museum in the village of Ouistreham. Sword Beach was the easternmost landing area of D-Day. The Grand Bunker was the German command post for the Atlantic Wall along the Normandy Coast.

  13. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Ryes War Cemetery at Bazenville. Bazenville is a village about 8 km northeast of Bayeux. The Ryes War...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Ryes War Cemetery at Bazenville. Bazenville is a village about 8 km northeast of Bayeux. The Ryes War Cemetery is situated in the Gold Beach sector, where the British 50th Division landed on D-Day. The cemetery contains 652 Commonwealth war graves, one Polish and 335 German graves. The first burials were on the 8th of June 1944.

  14. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The jeep in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the celebrations of the 70th...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The jeep in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The iconic Canada House is situated on Juno Beach, where the Canadian troops landed on D-Day, it is probably the first house liberated by the Canadian troops who landed on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944.