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

Some of the group at Merville Battery, Normandy

Some of the group at Merville Battery, Normandy

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 rides. ‘Having been to Normandy before the idea of taking our Harley Davidson motorcycles appealed to the group’ said Paul Pinchard of the Hatters Harley owners group.

‘We wanted to do something different, and a ride to France to look at what our relatives went through on D-Day was our plan’.

The tour involved fifteen motorcycles arriving on the over night ferry to conduct a tour looking at the events of 6 June 1944, and the coming months. The battlefield tour finished with a short remembrance, and the laying of a poppy wreath, on the grave of a relative who died during the Normandy campaign.

Update – January 2012
I am delighted that The Hatters have again confirmed a battlefield tour for this summer, this will be their sixth consecutive year we have been out on the battlefields together; this has included Normandy and the D-Day Beaches, The Western Front of World War One including Ypres and The Somme.  This year will bring a ‘new’ battlefield, as we go back to Belgium and explore the actions of Napoleon and Wellington at Waterloo.