Brevands Bridges, someone help!

TCUNC76
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27 Jun 2010, 19:27 #11

Paul :



Thanks..................... yes it was a rugged location and I do remember your reference to the type of tall grass you delt with in Vietnam....just glad it was 2010 & not 1944..we would have been under fire for sure on that side of the river. Man what a great day that was........all that D-Day History right before you.this is the only true way to see Normandy & experience its rich history and culture...my advice to those coming over. Do your homework...research and have a travel free plan.................. maybe taking a Patterson Pathfinder Tour Or Paul Woodadges Battlebus Tours will take you to all the great locations you need to see and experience.

I have been coming over since 1994 and have still not see all the locations talked about here and see something new each time I come here. Remarkable variety of places to visit..and many remain unexplored or written about in great detail.her I thank historian Mark Bando for his writings and website that allow for much discussion on WW II airborne topics. Since I have come back home my emails have been just great hearing from so many I meet along the way and several I meet coming back home from my Paris flight. One man ...a lawyer from Denver father was in The 352 th of The 82nd on D-Day and he has been in touch with me about how & what to see in Normandy......TC is always more than happy to pass along hard learned travel tips for those coming to Normandy. Paul you will lover The Mother Of Normandy documentary...Doug did a great job and I hope he will soon have it on his website where all can get this dvd.......its super ! Holler at you later on ( Yep another one of those southern terms ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Take care !



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Cimarron 44
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27 Jun 2010, 21:21 #12

Thanks TC. As I have said many times you are a great Ambassador for Normandy!
See you down in the holler!
Best -
Paul
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Regfromthebulge
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27 Jun 2010, 21:36 #13

To go there I really needed some help , some expertise . Paul took me there and I must say , it was great and NO WAY I could have found it all by myself . I probably would have gone there on the American side , would have had no good view , caught trespassing and probably being shot at ... So Paul took me there on the German side and I had a perfect view....

Thanks again Paul .

Reg

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TCUNC76
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27 Jun 2010, 23:08 #14

Reg :



Hey thanks...those are great photos and in such great close up detail and gives one a good view of what the bridges look like today. Is that river,Canal..flowing out to the Atlantic? Looks like a small boat could navigate those waters....I guess one would have to go through a lock up near Carentan to do this. As one can see any counter by The Germans after the 101st had taken this area..low lying and swampy would have been eaten alive by marauding Allied Fighter Bombers in this exposed area ! Paul during certain of the year is this area flooded to up where we stood ? Great photos Reg for sharing them here! Hope you are doing well...are you still singing with that band.I kewep looking for you in The Eurovision Contest! Take care !



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adam517
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28 Jun 2010, 08:26 #15

Guys,



Thanks for the replies. As i suspected, it being a b***h to reach without any real guide. Paul, next time i'm over i'll let you know before hand.



As for the Gulch and the Gully i've got this area down to a T now, it's one battle i've researched to hell out of it for at least two years now. Last trip to Normandy we visited the Gully after a rain fall and at points we were glad to have slipped on a pair of Jump boots before going for the walk. The Bridges at Brevands have come across to me as some what of a forgotten battle when compared to some of the other sites in Normandy. I hope the new 3rd Battalion book will change that and that steps will be taken to allow enthusiasts to visit the sites a little more easily as I have to admit I was massively down hearted to have to drive back across that Bailey Bridge having not seen what I wanted to see. My researching of the 101st areas has taken a massive upscaling since i've started to run out of reliable sources for the 82nd. I live in Leicestershire and am merely a few minutes drive from the areas where the 82nd were camped, this is pretty much what has brought me to my love for US Airborne. I have researched the 82nd relentlessly since reading about them for the first time and was lucky enough for my old man to have an apartment over in Belgium through business that I was able to use to research the Bulge. My other interests lie with the 1st Airborne Task Force and my research into the 517th PRCT's actions in the Bulge have lead to such detailed notes that friends are willing me on to put it all into a book. Maybe one day but I know a book about the 517th is already on it's way elsewhere.



Regards, Adam
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iain b
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28 Jun 2010, 14:20 #16

What a shame ... stood on the heavy concrete remains of the road bridge back in 2004 on the North side.It was so easily accessible from there ... park at the end of the track ... hundred yards down and then along the earthen berm.

It seems I/we was lucky back then when it wasn't visited often ... maybe the local farmer has started to see his backside if people just traipse on there without asking??


Iain
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geronimo
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28 Jun 2010, 17:27 #17

For almost ten years, every june 6th in the morning, my group and I go to the american side of the Brévands bridges without any problems of any kind. We were granted permission by the farmers to go there as long as we don't disturb the cattle or dig into the embankment like many people do in search of a few battle relics and that we put back everything in place after we leave. This year I went with Kevin Warren to the site as to take pictures for Jake McNiece. Here is a small selection of our photos ( Copyright © Demolition Men ).
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The vehicle bridge ramp on the american side.
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At my feet are the remains of the four wooden pillars from the vehicle bridge.

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Behind Kevin, on the german side, the remains of the footbridge...
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...and slightly inland the houses from where the Germans were firing.
The ramp of the vehicle bridge on the german side had been destroyed two years ago. I was lucky enough to take some photos before they took it off.
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From where the guys stand you have the same view as the photo posted by Regfromthebulge.
Franck
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TCUNC76
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28 Jun 2010, 19:28 #18

Franck : Great photos and thanks for sharing..enjoyed seeing you guys at Brevands for the ceremony . You group does a fine with your historic presentation. Thanks for sharing those photos !



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Cimarron 44
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28 Jun 2010, 19:38 #19

Franck,
Great photos. Thanks for posting them. It helps make sense of it all. Is the house you identify on the German side from where they were shooting the one with the plaque on the wall across the street from the Brevands monument?
Paul Clifford
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TCUNC76
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28 Jun 2010, 19:45 #20

One that last photo .........is that person surrendering to you ................. I guess you have this person battlefield sited with that M-1......... good deal on takng of the land and not disturbing anything ..I am sure the locals welcome it . I took some photos of you guys at Brevands and will post them here . I was listening to a audio book about Forrest Guths return to Normandy with author Larry Alexander ...... he talked some about your group & the man who protrays Forrest Guth with your group. Wow..lots of great photos here and thanks all for sharing and posting !



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