Classic Car Road Trip

Normandy 2009

Classic Car Road Trip Normandy 2009: A road trip in our original 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy. We visited Normandy in the last week of May and the first week of June 2009, during the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. In Normandy, each year there are many commemorations of the D-Day landings. World War II jeep owners and other World War II military vehicle owners are invited to attend one or more of the D-Day anniversary ceremonies. In 2009, we participated in a memory tour along the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains and a memory tour in Courseulle-sur-Mer.

Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Arromanches Beach. A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the famous D-Day...

Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Arromanches Beach. A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the famous D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Along the coast of Normandy are numerous museums and memorials dedicated to the D-Day landings and the Second World War.

  1. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Arromanches Beach. A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the famous D-Day...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Arromanches Beach. A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the famous D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Along the coast of Normandy are numerous museums and memorials dedicated to the D-Day landings and the Second World War.

  2. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Pegasus Bridge in the Pegasus Memorial Museum at Ranville. In the early hours of D-Day, the bridge...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Pegasus Bridge in the Pegasus Memorial Museum at Ranville. In the early hours of D-Day, the bridge was captured by the men of the Glider Infantry of the British 6th Airborne Division, under the command of Major John Howard, he had orders to hold the bridge until relieved by Allies forces moving inland from Sword Beach.

  3. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Centaur IV tank in Hermanville-sur-Mer, a village near Sword Beach, the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Centaur IV tank in Hermanville-sur-Mer, a village near Sword Beach, the easternmost landing area of the Normandy Allied Invasion of the Second World War. Sword Beach was the code name for one of the five landing beaches of the D-Day landings on 6 Juni 1944. Our 1942 GPW Ford Jeep stands next to the tank.

  4. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: WWII German Bunker at Juno Beach at Bernières-sur-Mer, captured by the Queen's Own Rifles on D-Day. The...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: WWII German Bunker at Juno Beach at Bernières-sur-Mer, captured by the Queen's Own Rifles on D-Day. The bunker was part of the Atlantic Wall along the Normandy Coast. The Atlantic Wall was a defensive line built by nazi Germany during WWII and stretched from Norway along the coast of continental Europe to the border of Spain.

  5. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Bernières-sur-Mer, the first weeks after D-Day, the garden of this house was used as a temporary war...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Bernières-sur-Mer, the first weeks after D-Day, the garden of this house was used as a temporary war cemetery for Canadian and German fallen soldiers. After the war,  the Canadian soldiers were reburied at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian Military Cemetery, just a few kilometres from Juno Beach.

  6. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Juno Beach. Juno Beach was one of the five landing beaches during the Allied landing...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our WWII Ford Jeep on Juno Beach. Juno Beach was one of the five landing beaches during the Allied landing operations at Normandy, called Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord started on D-Day, the 6th of june 1944, the day the Allied Troops crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches along the coast of Normandy in France. Operation Overlord was the codename for the Allied invasion and liberation of Nazi-Germany occupied Europe. Our jeep landed on Juno Beach, just a few days after D-Day.

  7. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy 2009: Our Ford GPW Jeep in the grounds of the Radar Station Distelfink. During WWII, Radar Station...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy 2009: Our Ford GPW Jeep in the grounds of the Radar Station Distelfink. During WWII, Radar Station Distelfink was the most important German rader station in Normandy. The radar station was part of the Atlantic Wall along the Normandy Coast. Radar Station Distelfink became a museum in 1992, it is located in Douvres-la-Délivrande.

  8. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy 2009: Driving in our authentic WWII jeep along the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains. Immediately after D-Day,...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy 2009: Driving in our authentic WWII jeep along the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains. Immediately after D-Day, the Allied Forces built two artificial harbours, the so-called Mulberry harbours, Mulberry A was built at Omaha Beach and Mulberry B at Arromanches-les-Bains. The remains of the harbours can still be seen.

  9. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving in our 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, the remains of the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving in our 1942 Ford GPW Jeep along the beach of Arromanches-les-Bains, the remains of the Mulberry harbour in the background. The D-Day Museum in Arromanches is directly opposite the beach of Arromanches,  the museum is dedicated mainly to the history of the construction of the temporary mobile Mulberry harbours.

  10. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Ford GPW Jeep in front of the German coastal defence battery at Longues-sur-Mer. The battery was...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The Ford GPW Jeep in front of the German coastal defence battery at Longues-sur-Mer. The battery was built during World War II and was part of the Atlantic Wall along the Normandy Coast. The battery at Longues-sur-Mer is situated between the D-Day landing beaches Omaha and Gold.

  11. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving in our Ford GPW Jeep along the Big Red One Route. The Big Red One is the legendary First Infantry...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving in our Ford GPW Jeep along the Big Red One Route. The Big Red One is the legendary First Infantry Division of the U.S.A. On the morning of D-Day, he 6th of June 1944, the Big Red One landed on Omaha Beach, the most dangerous and most difficult area of the D-Day landing zones.

  12. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Memorial of the U.S. 5th Engineer Special Brigade at Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, built on a German...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Memorial of the U.S. 5th Engineer Special Brigade at Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, built on a German WWII bunker. The memorial commemorates the soldiers of the 5th Engineer Special Brigade that were killed during the landings on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The landing zone Omaha Beach covered about 10 km of the Normandy coast.

  13. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: La Cambe German Military Cemetery near Bayeux. There are 21.222 burials at La Cambe. The burial mound marks...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: La Cambe German Military Cemetery near Bayeux. There are 21.222 burials at La Cambe. The burial mound marks the last resting place of 207 unkown and 88 identified soldiers. The other graves are marked by ground plaques. The crosses do not mark graves. Most of the soldiers buried at La Cambe fell between June 6 and August 20, 1944. 

  14. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: La Cambe German Military Cemetery. June 2009, the burial of the remains of an unidentified WWII German...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: La Cambe German Military Cemetery. June 2009, the burial of the remains of an unidentified WWII German soldier, the remains of this fallen German soldier were discovered at a German battery at Grandcamp Maisy in 2009, 65 years after D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The battery at Grandcamp Maisy was part of the Atlantic Wall.

  15. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Poppy fields near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. The poppy is one of the only plants to grow on the disturbed earth of...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Poppy fields near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. The poppy is one of the only plants to grow on the disturbed earth of battlefields. The poppy became a memorial symbol to those who died in WW I and later wars, thanks to the WW I poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae: In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row....

  16. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. In WWII, the small island of...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. In WWII, the small island of Mont-Saint-Michel was occupied by nazi-Germany, it was liberated by Allied forces in 1944. In June every year the French have a D-Day celebration at Mont-Saint-Michel.

  17. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The German War Cemetery at Mont-de-Huisnes in Normandy. The cemetery is situated near Mont-Saint-Michel....

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: The German War Cemetery at Mont-de-Huisnes in Normandy. The cemetery is situated near Mont-Saint-Michel. The cemetery comprises a two storey circular building, each floor contains 34 crypt chambers. The building surrounds a circular lawn with a large cross in its centre. The remains of about 12.000 fallen soldiers are interred here.

  18. Normandy 2009 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Museé de la Batterie de Merville is located in a casemate of the German Gun Battery at Merville....

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Museé de la Batterie de Merville is located in a casemate of the German Gun Battery at Merville. The coastal battery was part of the Atlantic Wall. The museum is dedicated to the attack on the battery by British paratroopers. In the early morning hours of D-Day, 150 paratroopers succeeded in capturing the battery, suffering heavy casualties.