D-Day Landings at Normandy

Omaha is most remembered for the casualties the Americans took there from German machine gun fire that tore into the troops as they tried to sprint across the beach to the seawall. It was a massacre, a terrible loss of life.

Jersey at War 1940-1945

It is often forgotten in the rush to visit yet another battlefield in France that just a few miles from England’s south coast, the only territory belonging to Great Britain endured almost five years of a harsh and brutal German occupation. Hitler saw the Channel Islands as a strategic landing stage for an invasion of … Continue reading Jersey at War 1940-1945

The Poetry is in the Pity: War Poets and Poetry

Reading some of Linda O'Neil's poetry on her blog  http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/lyndaoneillpage.shtml) sent me back to my favourite war poets, Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Alun Lewis, Edward Thomas and many others, and to France where they fought.  I'm a regular visitor to France, sometimes to visit the World War I War cemeteries there, sometimes to … Continue reading The Poetry is in the Pity: War Poets and Poetry