Classic Car Road Trip

Normandy 2014

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

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

Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW World War II Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the museums and memorials of the Western 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 Ford GPW World War II Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A road trip in a 1942 Ford GPW World War II Jeep along the coast of Normandy. We visited the historic D-Day beaches, the museums and memorials of the Western 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 officially renamed the Pegasus Bridge, after the emblem of the British Airborne troops.

  4. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Scottish bagpipe and drum band on the Pegasus Bridge at Ranville as part of the 70th...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Scottish bagpipe and drum band on the Pegasus Bridge at Ranville as part of the 70th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. They paid tribute to Piper Bill Millin who landed on Sword Beach on D-Day and moved inland with the commando troops to relieve British paratroopers at the Pegasus Bridge. Bill Millin played the bagpipes when he crossed the Pegasus Bridge with the commando troops of Lord Lovat. 

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

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: During the Road Trip through Normandy in our own 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 own jeep landed at Juno Beach in 1944, just a few weeks after D-Day.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 to liberate Western Europe from nazi-German occupation, 5,000 landing crafts and assault crafts, 289 escort vessels and 277 minesweepers took part in the operation. 

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

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our own WWII Jeep in front of the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, a copy of a 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.

  10. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving our own 1942 Ford GPW Jeep on Utah Beach, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum in the background. Utah...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Driving our own 1942 Ford GPW 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.

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

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Martin B-26 Marauder, an American bomber aircraft used by Allied forces during WWII, on display at the Utah Beach D-Day Museum near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Over 5,000 Martin B-26 Marauders were built, only six of them still exist.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.

  12. 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.

  13. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: View over Ouistreham and Sword Beach from the Grand Bunker, Le Grand Bunker. The bunker is situated in the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: View over Ouistreham and Sword Beach from the Grand Bunker, Le Grand Bunker. The bunker is situated in the village of Ouistreham and houses the Atlantic Wall Museum. Sword Beach was the easternmost landing area of D-Day. During the Second World War, the Grand Bunker was the German command post for a section of the Atlantic Wall along the Normandy Coast.

  14. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Ryes War Cemetery at Bazenville. Bazenville is a small village about 8 km northeast of Bayeux and close to...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Ryes War Cemetery at Bazenville. Bazenville is a small village about 8 km northeast of Bayeux and close to Arromanches-les-Bains. Ryes War Cemetery is situated in the Gold Beach sector, where the British 50th Division landed on D-Day. The first burials were on the 8th of June 1944. The cemetery contains 652 Commonwealth war graves, one Polish and 335 German graves. There are 67 unknown burials.

  15. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our own Ford Jeep in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: Our own Ford Jeep in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The iconic Canada House is situated on Juno Beach, where the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944. It is probably the first house liberated by the Canadian troops who landed on Juno Beach. On D-Day, over 100 Canadian soldiers were killed or wouned in sight of this house.

  16. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Scottish bagpiper on Juno Beach in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy: A Scottish bagpiper on Juno Beach in front of the Canada House in Bernières-sur-Mer during the 70-year anniversary of D-Day. When the night fell, the bagpiper walked across the beach toward the sea followed by the guests and interested people. While he played his bagpipes, people threw flowers on Juno Beach as a tribute to the 340 Allied soldiers who were killed here 70 years ago on Day, the invasion of Normandy during WWII.

  17. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy during the 70th anniversary of D-Day: A DUKW floating on the sea in front of Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer. In...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy during the 70th anniversary of D-Day: A DUKW floating on the sea in front of Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer. In front of the beach, memorial wreaths were tossed overboard into the sea to remember the soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division who were killed during the D-day landings on Juno Beach. During WWII, Juno was the Allied code name for one of the landing beaches along the coast of Normandy. 

  18. Normandy 2014 - Classic Car Road Trip Normandy, the 70th anniversary of D-Day: DUKWs floating on sea within sight of Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer. A...

    Classic Car Road Trip Normandy, the 70th anniversary of D-Day: DUKWs floating on sea within sight of Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer. A DUKW is a 2.5 ton six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle, produced during WWII for the transportation of goods and troops over land and water, and for approaching coasts and crossing beaches in amphibious warfare. DUKWs were first used during the invasion of Sicily in 1943 and also during the Invasion in Normandy in 1944.