Review of the week

Reliving Normandy June 1944, an experience of a lifetime From the early morning walk through the dew covered grounds surrounding the Manor, to the marvelous French breakfast (with that bread to die for!), to the days thrilling, moving and often emotional journeys...

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1st Lt Gene Williams

1st Lt Gene Williams was just 22 years old when, as leader of the Chalk 18 Pathfinders he jumped on June the 6th 1944 into mortal combat. From Mobile Alabama Gene was married and when he left with the rest of the 82nd airborne for England his wife was pregnant....

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Review of the week

A deeply moving and personal experience As an 82 year old who grew up in the U.S. during WWII, and as an avid WWII historian ever since, I was already familiar with the strategic and tactical outlines of D-Day and even much of the day's history at the small unit...

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Review of the week

Early in our visit Ben Trumble mentioned that the "Big Picture" of D-Day was available in thousands of books, and that his approach was to tell the story through the experiences of the participants, most of whom no of us (2 couples, reasonably well-informed) had ever...

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Review of the Week

Powerful tours of Normandy by a true historian, lovely manor and gracious hosts. Following up on a stellar recommendation from a good friend, my husband, brother and sister-in-law and I spent an unforgettable two days and three nights with Ben and Jaye. It is...

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Battle for Graignes

Graignes – one of the worst miss drops of US paratroopers on D Day. Whilst not currently part of our D Day tour itinerary this is the story of the battle for Graignes. I recently visited there with Jaye to walk the ground and this is the story: Just after 02.00 on the...

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Review of the Week

Just had a lovely review published by guests who stayed with us earlier this year and thought we’d share it. Extraordinary Visit Early in our visit Ben Trumble mentioned that the “Big Picture” of D-Day was available in thousands of books, and that his approach was to...

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D Day – The Medic

On June the 4th a 72 year circle was finally closed. After hearing the story of Lucien and his search for the medic who helped his 7 year old ill brother on D Day Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the President, searched and found him. The medic was killed in...

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Lucien – Before Endeavours Fade

After four long years of war they came, suddenly, out of the night sky. Just after midnight on the 6th June Lucien Hasley’s parents sat at their kitchen table, flashes from exploding antiaircraft shells lighting up their home as waves of American C47 aircraft passed...

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Lucien Hasley

I had the great privilege to guide Susan Eisenhower (Granddaughter of President Dwight D Eisenhower) and her students around my bit of Normandy recently. A charming lady who at the Chateau to Bernaville spoke briefly but eloquently of her Grandfather. After a short...

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