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The Military Medal

The Military Medal (MM) was a military decoration for British and former Commonwealth forces awarded for bravery in battle on land with the following requirement – ‘for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’ The Medal was established on 25th  March 1916, but backdated to 1914 with the first award dated 1914.  The medal was discontinued in 1993. It was the other ranks’

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Pigeons – The Secret Messengers

Many of you who have joined me in Normandy exploring the D-Day beaches of World War Two will have heard of Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, who was awarded the only Victoria Cross on 6 June 1944; but his was not the only medal of that calibre to be won that day. The other medal was won by ‘The Duke of Normandy’ and the medal was

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Food Rationing in the Wars

We often listen to the television that as a country the United Kingdom faces a threat of unhealthy eating and diet and all the associated health risks, indeed one TV presenter went as far as to claim that the average diet today is less healthy then in the height of World War Two!  This got me thinking about food, rationing and war. In World War

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The Dambusters – A Great Success?

It is without a doubt a phrase that is well know; The Dambusters.  Be that for the one of the best war films ever produced, with my old friend Richard Todd (Click Here for More) taking the part of Guy Gibson, or the epic achievements of a Royal Air Force squadron in May 1943. Operation Chastise, the name of the operation, was an air attack

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Olympics and The World Wars

I am not sure if the so called legacy of the London 2012 Olympics really happened; but it start me thinking about soldiers and the Olympics. Following the 1912 Summer Olympics, at which a young George S. Patton, later General Patton of World War Two fame, can fifth in the Modern Pentathlon, the 1916 Summer Olympics were to have been held in Berlin, the heart of the German

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Wonder & Awe at the Normandy Battlefield

The motivation and drive for doing a battlefield tour can be varied and for many reasons; to visit the campaigns and battles of past family members; to pay respect to the deeds of past generations of soldiers and to look where your own regiment, or brigade, took part in key actions are some. But, recently I had a most enjoyable battlefield tour to Normandy with

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To Find Fathers from Omaha Beach

To visit the place a relative, or loved one, fought and to try to understand what they endured is one of the most popular reasons for a battlefield tour, and recently it was this reason that Mike and Claudia Houpt travelled from Mississippi to Normandy. Mike’s wife Claudia wanted to visit Omaha as her father took part in the Normandy Campaign crossing Omaha Beach early

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Harley Davidson in Normandy

Matt Limb Battlefield Tours recently had the great pleasure of taking a group of Harley-Davidson Motorcycle owners to France and conducted a dedicated battlefield tour of the Normandy campaign of World War Two The group were the Hatters Chapter, a Harley Owners Group, or HOG,based around the Manchester & Stockport area of the UK, who wanted to do ‘something different’ on one their regular motorcycle

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Richard Todd Returns to Normandy

I recently had the great pleasure of taking a battlefield tour to Normandy which was made special by our guest, Mr Richard Todd. Richard Todd, the actor, may be better know for the part he played in films like,The Longest Day and as Guy Gibson in The Dambusters. But in his own right he had a distinguished military career. Richard parachuted into Normandy in the

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