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Preparations have begun for the next major event!

Normandy 2021!


As this year of 2019 closes, we take stock of what was an exceptionally busy year. The XXX Corps event was over before we knew it and whilst it was an enjoyable event, the sheer size of the event meant that some of us didn’t get much sleep and the loss of Ernest’s Bedford in the fire was a bitter blow. On reflection, what was achieved with Garden 75 was quite remarkable given the problems that had to be surmounted.


Following on from Operation Garden 75 and further to a meeting of relevant parties in Normandy on 17th December 2019, it was decided that in 2021 XXX Corps will undertake a commemorative tour of the British sector in Normandy during June in 2021.


This commemorative tour will be a precursor tour for a significant tour proposed for the 80th anniversary for which the all British unit will become the focal point of the Normandy commemorations in 2024. It is fundamental to note that the Arromanches museum is due to be rebuilt, extended and inaugurated in June 2024. The XXX Corps tour in 2024 will coincide with the inauguration of the new museum and become the main attraction on this significant milestone in the history of the Normandy beachhead. There are some significant initiatives which are in the planning stage and our tour will be the main event visiting inland villages and towns on the correct dates so that the respective communes can relive their liberation with the vehicles and personnel in uniform providing the “flavour” for this historic occasion.


This will be a much easier tour to manage as we will not be subject to transport companies. All vehicles will move to and from the docks in France in convoy, thus negating the cost of transporters.


Already, the advent of this proposition is attracting some serious support and we look forward to the planning and execution which will be a first on this significant area in Normandy.


Should you wish to register an interest, may we respectfully suggest that you do so asap;
http://ltf-hq.com/Registration.html


The provisional itinerary is as follows and will be offered on a first come first served basis with priority being given to XXX Corp’s previous participants;
Provisional Itinerary:
Thursday 3rd June: Ship out from Portsmouth > Ouistreham.
Friday June 4: Arrival Ouistreham, Convoy to the Ver sur Mer / Asnelles area (Provisional camp)
Saturday June 5: Presentation Camp de Ver sur Mer / Asnelles and Arromanches morning
Sunday June 6: Deployment onto the beach at Arromanches
Morning: Bayeux parade
Afternoon: Static presentation in Tilly sur Seulles. Battle of Normandy Book Fair.
Setting up base camp in Tilly.
Monday June 7: Morning, ceremonies in Bayeux and static presentation
(Visit of Bayeux Intercom schools)
Afternoon: Ceremonies and static presentations
Audrieu (School visit; Château partnership?)
Tilly sur Seulles (School and College participations)
Tuesday June 8: Several convoys leave from Tilly in the footsteps of the XXX Corps, one towards the East and the North (Fontenay, Cristot, Audrieu…) the other towards the West and the North (Hottot les Bagues, Lingèvres, Juaye Mondaye, Ellon, Nonant, Ducy…) (Stop at the scene of the main fights and historical presentations) and converge at Creully then return to Tilly. Participation schools Ver Sur Mer, Lanteuil, Coulombs, Graye sur Mer, Fontaine Henry, Creully, Banville.
Wednesday June 9: Several convoys leave from Tilly in the footsteps of the XXX Corps, one towards the East and the North (Fontenay, Cristot, Audrieu…) the other towards the West and the North (Hottot les Bagues, Lingèvres, Juaye Mondaye, Ellon, Nonant, Ducy…) (Stop at the scene of the main fights and historical presentations) and converge at Creully then return to Tilly. Schools participation: Ver Sur Mer, Lanteuil, Coulombs, Graye sur Mer, Fontaine Henry, Creully, Banville.
Thursday June 10: Presentation of the camp at the Schools and College of Tilly, Audrieu, Fontenay le Pesnel, Lingèvres
Friday June 11: Bivouac and dynamic presentation of tanks and tracked vehicles in Saint-Pierre and Fontenany le Pesnel.
Evening: Vintage film screening in the village hall of Tilly.
Saturday June 12: Presentation of the camp and dynamic presentations in Tilly.
1944 Football Match
Evening: Fireworks and 1944 dance/ball in Tilly
Sunday June 13: Villers Bocage (Stop at the site of the main fights and historical presentations)
Monday June 14: Departure Ouistreham > Portsmouth
The above represents a program that is being organized at the moment and work in this respect is ongoing. Costs will be addressed in the New Year and it will be less than the 2019 tour as we will not have to pay for transport to and from the docks.
May we take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

 

Watch this space ....

 

 

 

LTF is gratefully acknowledges the support and hospitality of the community of Valkenswaard Viert on this commemorative tour.

 

 

26/08/2019

LTF is gratefully acknowledges the support and hospitality of the community of Uiterwaarde on this commemorative tour.

 

 

 

 

 

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