D-Day Ghost Hermanville sur Mer - Normandy
This is La Breche, slightly to the East of our destination at Lion Sur Mer, actually part of Hermanville Sur Mer sort of. The whole area is a very long almost continuous settlement from Ouistreham to Luc Sur Mer.
This also forms Sword Beach, the wholly British sector of the D-Day landings on the 6th of June 1944. This rather nice little open square now
features a stage with bands on, the lifeguards, and several memorials including one to the Liverpools, the Allies and locals together and one to the Norwegian seaman.
On examination it also appears to be the subject of quite a few photos by Sgt Jim Mapham, a prolific photographer of No 5 Army Film and Photographic Unit it appears, who was terrifically active throughout the war, but particularly in this area and during the lead up to and the events after D-Day at Sword Beach.
A collection of his work is available to view via the Imperial War Museum website, who hold the original of this image. It shows a AVRE Churchill tank, and high sided Bren carriers pretty fresh off the beach I'd assume, which is only maybe 50ft to the left of the photo.
i didn't do many of these, because it was a HOLIDAY, whatever that is.
Probably my favourite of the Sword Beach batch. It's so complete and still there.
Original photo: Imperial Museum. Used under their fair use policy/non commercial.