Utah Beach D-Day Museum Extension and Renovation
Impressions of Normandy By Patti Nickell
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With 120,000 visitors, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum has a Smile on its Face
Henri Millet Ingrid Anquetil and Charles Vallavieille
With close to 120,000 entries balance, the year 2012 was favorable to the Utah Beach Museum. Even better than the 100 000 entries that were set by the leaders of the museum run by the municipality: Mayor Henri Milet and his assistant Charles Valavieille.
"The number of entries is good, the turnover of the shop progressing well, so we have every reason to be satisfied," they explain. With one caveat, however: "in proportion to last year, there is still a slight decline." As "it is not necessary that one is released."
Enhance the site, concrete partnerships, communicate better ... These are the challenges entrusted to the new director, Ingrid Anquetil, who takes office Monday.
Ingrid Anquetil, the new director of the Utah Beach D-Day Museum in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
Ingrid Anquetil is the new director of the museum at Utah Beach Landing.
Next Monday, Ingrid Anquetil officially take office at the head of the Utah Beach Museum. She succeeds Isabelle Attard, elected in June.
Originally from Calvados, Ingrid Anquetil was initially oriented geography, before diving into the cultural and tourist area. Skills that made the difference, especially with Henri Milet, mayor of the town of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, the museum manager.
The new director will have particular floor now on the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014.
The Highest Military Award Given to the Utah Beach D-Day Musuem
Medal of Honor Version U.S. Army, awarded to the Utah Beach Museum in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. In addition, the quote Lieutenant Butts who distinguished himself in the battles to liberate Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte. He was killed near Cherbourg in June 1944.
"This is the highest award given only to the military, unlike the French Legion of Honor, said Colonel Peter Herrly former attache. Exceptionally, it was granted to the Utah Beach Museum" by the U.S. military in appreciation of the work done to perpetuate the memory of the men who made the landing.
At Utah Beach, Art Enters the Museum
Carentan’s “Band of Brothers” Veteran has Died
A statue in honor of the Leader of the “Band of Brothers” inaugurated not far from Utah
Jordan Brown, a 13 year old kid, a native of Pennsylvania, as Lieutenant Richard D. Winters of Easy Company, found the words yesterday. To salute the memory of his hero. "A simple man who lived not far from my home. Simplicity? It was in his nature during and after the Second World War. He just simply said to everyone, as his men in battle: Hold on "
Jordan and the American Foundation held good in WWII desperate to erect a statue to the memory of Lieutenant Winters. "Dick" as the TV series Band of Brothers made famous in the world But that he never went to his head around. ". Winters has always keep on shoulders after inheriting his command during the battles rage, returning to civilian life. Always. Even after the publication of the book Band of Brothers, and after it in pictures, "explained the various speakers at the ceremony.
Jordan Brown, from his 11 years, has held firm providing fundraising. Selling bracelets on which was written, in fact, the famous "Hold on! ". He recovered and single-handedly nearly 100,000 dollars to help build the statue of Richard Dick Winters at the exit of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. On the road to the beach of Utah Beach Landing.
A statue that "Dick" certainly did not want the glory of his person, "he simply accepted that it starts in there by putting a caveat: that the statue is not one dedicated to one man, but to all those brave fallen D-Day on 6 June 1944, and thereafter. They are the real heroes, he explained, comrades who never returned home and gave their lives for freedom. "
The man had so much stress that this will different speakers at 2 h 30 speeches, have been repeatedly emphasized the desire of Lieutenant of Easy Company. Again "Dick" stood firm and his family have the well made it!
By Yann Halopeau
The Utah Beach D-Day Museum Prepares its 50th Anniversary
Renovation of the Museum: the Dewhurst Brothers Contribute an Additional $400,000
While the Utah Beach museum is closed for winter break, construction equipment are working on the new site. Objective: To redraw access to the museum which will be from the new car park with a footpath. Former parking is meanwhile redeveloped dunes under the 'Grand Site. A landscaping that will be ready to reopen on February 1.
Delighted by the 2011 season, which began June 6 after the transformation of the museum, Charles Valavieille, Deputy Mayor in charge of the museum, expects no less than the full 2012 season: "We were worried about how visitors would be found in a story told differently, but that is the same. "
The 89,528 entries recorded since the reopening reassured him, but he does not hide "be more ambitious for the second season." With no less than 100 000 entries. Especially that new efforts are made to the museum.
"What would make you happy for the 50th? "
The 2012 season should be exceptional emotional point of view. Indeed, the museum created in 1962 thanks to the persistence of Michel Valavieille, Charles' father, will celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 6. The hotel has very little to do with the former German bunker in which the museum was built.
But the spirit intended by Michel Valavieille is more than alive: undying gratitude to the American liberators and always explain and even the history of the June 6, 1944 "We put forward the airmen who had been somewhat neglected.. "To understand the visitor had to go further and explain why the landing at Utah was to port.
The brothers Dewurst therefore agreed to extend their initial financial commitment of € 2 million to complete the transformation of the museum. They conceded an additional allocation of $ 400,000 (about € 312,500). "Americans asked us what we would be pleased to 50th. We decided to explain the capture of Cherbourg by units landed in Utah. "And to highlight the importance of the artificial harbor of Utah Beach until November 1944, as that of Cherbourg was unusable.
Assigned to U.S. companies, "but with us still," says Charles Valavieille, the museum of these sequences will be primarily visual. "A new film will replace the currently projected," says Isabelle Attard, director of the museum. And the artificial port will be presented in the end, "a more powerful to make an impression."
The French Army on a Training Visit to Utah Beach
Twenty officers weapon Train, training in situ Wednesday at Utah Beach.
Literally, the word means ride staff. Put simply, a "staff ride" is a training ground operations, combining technical look with military culture and feedback. Invented by the Prussian army in the nineteenth century concept, taken by the Americans during the two world wars, was brought back into fashion in the French army in recent years.
This means that twenty young captains school train the Army based in Bourges and invested the landing sites during the past two days, did not come as a tourist. Specialists operational logistics and future squadron commanders, the officers relied on structures such as the Utah Beach Museum Wednesday to develop themes such as the treatment of the wounded, the logistics cord Red Ball Highway during the landing or the oil supply of the Pluto system in Port-en-Bessin.
Because even at the time of the drone, "it will always land in the logistics area and some lessons are perennial", said Lieutenant-Colonel Ruffat. Besides the general approach, we focus on a logistics perspective Landing in working on specialized topics to draw usable lessons for contemporary logistics operations. "Also on the program, the study of major warlords like General Bradley, General Leclerc or Marshal Rommel.
This is the "staff-ride" for the 5th weapon Train, which alternates between the training sites of the Normandy landings and the Vosges which has distinguished the 1 st French army in 1944. For the future, the idea is suggested to organize meetings between officers and college students or high school students "to share as soldiers, the army link consolidate nation, and why not make these issues alive for school".
“A company of heroes,” another look at the Easy
Easy Company Monument – Sainte Marie du Mont
There were many other companies in the E regiments dropped paratroopers in the Normandy sky at night from 5 to 6 June 1944. But few were treated as Easy Company so many honors: a best-selling book by Stéphane Ambrose, a global television series: Bands of brothers, q ui puts the spotlight on some of the 273 men who made up the 5th company of the 506th regiment of the 101st Airborne. With his documentary A company of heroes, presented Friday night at Utah Beach Museum, the American producer Tim Gray gives voice to survivors who were not necessarily highlighted in the series but "that did the job" as said one of them. Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma ... They are committed in 1942, attracted by some for the monthly balance of $ 50. Many pictures, many names in this documentary, but also testimonies of men fighting, the integration of new, returning to civilian life. But above all, this is a story of fears, anxieties, to Brécourt at Carentan, Bastogne where the entire 101st Airborne is illustrated by holding the city at all costs, Holland in Operation Market Garden ... "We did not know where we were going, so we went there but we went there anyway."
Events that have shaped them unbreakable bonds. In addition to their exploits, it is perhaps cement shaped over the fighting that has made Easy Company a company of heroes.
As explained Charles Valavieille in charge of the museum, "this documentary was offered by Tim Gray, we already knew." The American producer is indeed the origin of the statue of Richard D. Winters, the charismatic captain Easy, built on June 6 on Utah Beach road. Currently in English, this documentary will not be part of the museum. "For now, we exploit for themed evenings. In the meantime perhaps a French version, as this documentary is how we want the museum to get the message "
Russel Taylor landed June 6, 1944 at Utah Beach. He again walked the beach, 68 years later, with a lot of emotions.
The soldier and his French wife, Odile, were yesterday at Utah Beach. The nonagenarian and Franco-American couple was accompanied by a team of American television NBC News has decided to devote a report to their history.
Russel Taylor has landed on June 6, 1944 the Utah Beach beach with the first engineer brigade of the U.S. Army. He, thereafter, meet his future wife in Paris, when he came to repair machines headquarters of General Eisenhower. The young French worked there since the liberation of Paris as secretary and translator. Married in 1945, they then moved to the state of New Jersey, United States. They have lived there all their lives.
Russel Taylor had come once to Utah Beach in the 1970s. The veteran of 93 years has been surveying the long strip of sand before you play the game cameras
Combined History and Natural Heritage Visits
The Museum of Utah Beach and Park marshes have united to offer, Wednesday, September 11, an original tour that combines history and natural heritage.
Ingrid Anquetil, museum director and William Hédouin, head of Park House in Pont-d'Ouve, explained: "We want to show how natural sites have changed the way we make war and how these sites have complicated the fight of Americans."
Behind this approach, "there is the desire to build a regional tourist consistency, especially as this is a historical coherence." But also, "the desire to enjoy the land to those who live there, who build." For this visit is primarily intended for people here, "They are on something essential and which is unknown. The idea is that the first attempt is successful."
The visit of three hours, proposes to understand the challenges of growth fighters with the natural barrier marshes and farmland. First off, about 2 km, then by boat to the tray. Another way to understand an aspect of the Battle of Normandy.
Wednesday, September 11, reservations at the Park House. Tel. 02 33 71 65 30.
Price: 5.00 € (inhabitants of the Park) and 6.00 €. Start of the tour at 15 am. Limited to 60 people capacity.
A Temporary Exhibition and Guided Tours at the Utah Beach D-Day Museum
"The Museum wants to diversify and provides showrooms," says Ingrid Anquetil, director of the Museum of Utah Beach Landing. The message is clear ! The art at the Museum.
D-Day to honor
Over 100 works are on display at this time and until the end of September. Of oil paintings but also drawings and prints. A beautiful panel which depicts the D-Day.
In addition, the museum has set up a new course of guided outdoor tours that show the various vestiges of liberation around the museum.
Temporary exhibition opened on opening hours of the museum.
Contact: tel. 02 33 71 53 35
Portrait of service
Patton Foundation presented Wednesday afternoon at the Museum of Utah Beach three books, including one devoted to portraits of 72 veterans, most Americans but also other nationalities. Some of the Second World War, the other from Vietnam, Korea, Somalia, Iraq or Afghanistan.
The idea is that of an American photographer Andrew Wakeford: "I made a picture of an American veteran and a German veteran. The first saved the life of another in a house fire. The American did everything to find this German. When I took the photo of their reunion, I did not know that I would do a book. "
This photo also shows the cover of the book Portraits of service. A book co-authored with Robert H Miller who tells terrible stories like this former child soldier who wanted to remain anonymous, a soldier burned 80% . "And yet he smiles," says Hellen Patton. Or that the American GI War II who walked 72 days to reach a prison camp in Germany or that of Gary Cooper, black soldier Vietnam veteran who sought his dead parents boyfriend in her arms.Seventy-two portraits all the more moving than the others in a beautiful book that should be translated into French the next year.
Utah Beach: Jack Port, Veteran of the 4th Infantry Division, Speaks Before his Brothers in Arms
At Utah Beach on Wednesday night, Jack Port, a veteran of the 4th Infantry Division, which landed June 6, 44 on the beach, in fear, spoke at the tribute to his brothers in weapons fell to Liberty.
After the sisters of the congregation involved in the House of Peace in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Jack Port explained that fear that had seized upon landing never left more throughout its 195 days of combat. But he revealed that he was an eternal optimist and he hoped many future generations.
"The one who followed us has already changed a lot of things and I will one day lead them to live in a world totally at peace. "
An Exhibition of 800 Forgotten Danish Sailors
Since Saturday, and until September, the Utah Beach Museum is devoting an exhibition to 800 Danish sailors who took part in the Normandy Landings. Marine forgotten, a young Danish student, Jakob Totrup Kjaersgaard history student, wanted to rehabilitate "With this exhibition, I hope to promote this participation. "Interviews veterans lent by the Danish television, photos, newspapers, material ... The exhibition recalls that 31 freighters Danish Merchant Navy is part of the huge fleet of D-Day Attached to Operation Neptune, the flat-bottomed boats allowed to bring men and equipment closer to the beach. A lieutenant reports: "Behind us, cruisers shelled the rear of the enemy while we unloaded. Quickly, we used to shell the firing of guns. "The days and weeks after they helped to supply the troops. Four Danish ships were sunk. Including in the country, the 800 Danish marine D-Day be forgotten after the war. A monument, erected in 1984 on the way to Utah Beach and funded by the Danes, but remember their participation in Operation Overlord.
D-Day in a Five-Volume Graphic Novel
The editor, co-writer and one of the designers of the series on the landing.
Writer, designer, publisher ... They came in three Saturday at the Museum of Utah Beach to promote a series of comics devoted to landing in June 1944. An original way to discover the events that took place on sites mythical Operation Overlord Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach and airborne operation, Arromanches and Gold Beach, Sword Beach Ouistreham and finally Juno Beach.
Each book also includes an educational record. "We started the series along with the publishing house," says the editor. With nearly 15,000 sales in the first issue: "We thought interest first pre-teen audience. In fact, it appeals to everyone. "
The principle of narration is faithful to the historical development, explains Jean-Blaise Dijian, co-wrote: "We first became interested in débarquants. The characters are fictitious, but the unit in which they are and what they have accomplished is historic. I got help from tour guides. We went also look for evidence such as this fisherman who worked for three months for the English. "As for realistic drawing, Marivain Bruno, one of the designers, has adapted the screenplay.
A second series will be devoted to the Battle of Normandy in the land.
A new Normandy invasion : France prepares fort the 70th anniversary of D-day's drama
Utah Beach: Native Americans on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
In the English Channel, the Comanche Indians landed within the U.S. Army on Utah Beach in 1944. They were 13 at this point.
The Utah Beach and Tilly-sur-Seulles Museums in Calvados want to honor them. The 13 veterans have unfortunately disappeared, but 18 representatives of Comanche Indians should come to Utah Beach on June 9th to the 70th anniversary of the landing.
Call for donations
To finance their coming, museums Tilly and Utah Beach launched an appeal for donations. You can contact the association Tilly 1944 trying to collect 25,000 euros needed, via its website.
Or at the following address:
Association Tilly 1944
Dachau survivors at Utah Beach
After visiting the Caen Memorial, Dachau survivors went to Utah Beach.
They are still a dozen. As Pierre Schillio, they survived the horrors of Dachau. This year, they came to pay tribute to those who died on the beaches of Normandy to liberate a few months later.
The association also came to pay tribute to Camille Blaisot, Member of Caen during the inter-war period, deported and killed at Dachau in 1945.
By Florence Goisnard and Gildas Marie
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