Brevands Bridges, someone help!

326engineers
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28 Jun 2010, 20:46 #21

From Paul Clifford:
"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?"
Yes,The houses that you see are located at a place called "Le moulin" the mill in english
But the big house on the left is a farm, on the right, you see the two houses with the two small windows, there you will find the new panel of the historical trail
The plaque on the wall is on the house (not visible on the picture) right behind the two houses with the windows.
in 1944,the shooting came from the home where you have stop your car  for the inauguration of the monument in 2008 (house left of the monument) it was also the house from the mayor of Brévands in 1944.
Réal
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reccewoody
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28 Jun 2010, 20:48 #22

iain b wrote: 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
Alas, it is the diggers that have pissed off the farmers more than anything else.  It's partly the unfilled in holes that annoys them, but mainly the non-WWII metal that people dig up and leave there - beer cans, old barbed wire etc.  Cattle can so easily swallow small pieces of dug up rubbish and get very sick.
Digging for relics goes on of course, I've done it myself on land with the owners permission, but it can cause problems with the locals
Paul
  
Mr. Chard Sir! Patrol has come back, Zulus have gone, all of 'em. It's a miracle! If it's a miracle Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer
Henry, point 45 caliber miracle. And a bayonet Sir! With some guts behind it! Zulu - 1963
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Cimarron 44
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28 Jun 2010, 21:39 #23

Réal,
Thanks very much for the information on the houses. I appreciate it. I will have to take a closer look next year when I go to Brevands.
Best -
Paul
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geronimo
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29 Jun 2010, 15:00 #24

Everyone,
Thanks for the compliments.
Tom,
The three british guys you met at the Brévands ceremony are from the Screaming Eagle Living History Group, U.K. and were our guests in Normandy this year. We were not there because we were required elsewhere at the same moment. But if you remember well, you met us two years ago at the Lecaudey Farm in Hiesville. That day, Bob Wright came rushing towards us when he saw our bunch of dirty paratroopers stopping by. It was a very moving experience. Image
Take care,
Franck
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TCUNC76
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29 Jun 2010, 15:31 #25

Franck : yes I do and I still have your card somewhere.... hope you are doing well my friend and it was again a pleasure to be in your country agian........... yes I did post some photos of the event and he was indeed touch to see you guys. He was here again this year and what a remarkable man he is indeed. I am sorry we missed each other this year .... I hope to come over again next year and hope we can meet up somewhere along the way ! I'll find those photos and repost them here . Take care franck .............. I miss the bread already !!!

Tom Colones


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TCUNC76
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29 Jun 2010, 15:34 #26

Franck :



Well there you go... wow.. you guys were really kitted out bigtime ......................... that was a great experince ..do you have a website..send it here so I can bookmark it ................. have a great week Franck !



Tom Colones
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Scorpio58
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29 Jun 2010, 21:39 #27

Don't be BASHFUL ! Post more of your photos of all of you and your fellow troopers at the Brevands Bridge (and anywhere else for that matter). I had just read about this part of the action..........weren't there 2 troopers ......a Sgt and a PFC that crossed over to ascertain the strength of the the germans? I believe that the PFC had gone over first and remained for the better part of 45 mins or so and the Sgt thereafter joined him..............BUT....that it was the Sgt that had recv'd the DSC? Further wasn't there something about them SHARING the commendation??? Or do I have this mixed up??
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Scorpio58
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29 Jun 2010, 23:57 #28

Very "French"..........................looks like Woody has gone "NATIVE"................................hahahahahaha!
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KlondikeFox
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30 Jun 2010, 03:55 #29

Pfc Donald E Zahn of 1st plt H/506th was the first American to cross the road bridge
on D-day morning. Sgt George Montillio got the DSC instead of Zahn, because of his rank. 
Montillio was actually the 2nd man to cross the river. 
Montillio was mortified and stated he would not wear his medal until/unless Zahn was
also awarded one.  This never came to pass, because Montillio got killed by a trigger-
happy replacement in April, 1945 in the Ruhr Pocker while returning from a night patrol.
A park in Quincy, MA is named in his honor.  Mr Zahn is still living-I wrote an article
about his WWII souvenirs for Militaria magazine last year. Zahn's DSC was awarded in
May, 1945 shortly after VE Day (it is in my collection). Mr Zahn turns 90 years old this
October 15th (we also share the same birthday).  I wore Don's WWII dogtags in Afghanistan
while participating in an air assault in April, 2008 with the new 506th Inf.
Btw, those 326th AEB reenactors look really good.  I wonder if they know about the 'Rabbitt Farm'?
That was the C.P. of the 326th AEB for the first several days of the Invasion and is only a mile
away from where the Lecaudey farm photos above were taken.  C/326th AEB had their CP in a
building in the Culoville complex. Anyhow, the rabbitt farm would be another good place for photo ops.
Since the current owners spend a lot of time in Paris, the premises there are vacant for much of the year.
We took our tour group there last year.
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reccewoody
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30 Jun 2010, 06:08 #30

Mark,
Jonnie, Kevin and the other C/326th re-enactors are coming over from England for a tour with me in October and I will take them to Rabbit Farm then - thanks for showing me me the location!
Paul
Mr. Chard Sir! Patrol has come back, Zulus have gone, all of 'em. It's a miracle! If it's a miracle Colour Sergeant, it's a short chamber Boxer
Henry, point 45 caliber miracle. And a bayonet Sir! With some guts behind it! Zulu - 1963
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