May 16, 2016
Answer: France. Capturing the port was a key part of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.
October 13, 2014 |
THE ACTIVITY ROOM was full of quiet men in wheelchairs. Women in nursing scrubs popped in to say hello to one of them, Edward Brown, and he smiled and blew kisses back in their direction. A therapist who worked at the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, Cumberland County, hugged Brown briefly and leaned against a doorway, drying her eyes as she smiled at him. "He's a beautiful man," the woman, Donna Hickman, said. Brown, 94, seemed untouched by age on this October morning, his memory sparkling in high-definition, his electric wheelchair far too fast for the administration's comfort.
June 30, 2014 |
The first time John Perozzi went to Sainte-Mère-Église, he parachuted into a war zone, with the crack, crack, crack of gunfire all around him. The Camden native dropped several hundred feet to a farm, helped liberate the French town, and was shot as the Allies invaded Normandy. Seventy years later, a decidedly different reception awaited him. Perozzi was greeted like a hero when he returned shortly before the June 6 anniversary of D-Day. A French woman, Cecile Gancel, who was about 11 when he parachuted onto her farm field, welcomed him with a warm embrace and pointed out where he landed.
May 28, 2014 |
ARMY VETERAN Harry Snyder used to have the letter the French schoolteacher sent to his mother in Philadelphia asking if he'd survived the war. He can't find it anymore. It's been 70 years. Snyder, 92, doesn't know if his mother ever wrote the man back. He doesn't know if the teacher who invited him to his home for dinner when he was a young soldier ever knew that, unlike so many others, he made it out alive. A group of young filmmakers from the Philly suburbs is hoping to give Snyder the chance to find that schoolteacher and to visit France, which he last saw during the Invasion of Normandy 70 years ago. "This isn't like going to the mall or something," Snyder said.
February 2, 2014 |
We'd been planning the trip since Lauren was 7, soon after I heard about the Sweet 16 parties South Jersey parents threw for their girls. Elaborate occasions with multi-course meals, tributes, and even a first dance with Dad seemed more fitting for a bride than for an adolescent's coming-of-age. Soon after my own 16th birthday, I'd left home for a summer tour of Europe. I couldn't re-create that life-altering trip for Lauren, but I wanted to at least give her a taste of it. The idea came when I'd married her father 10 months after relocating from the West Coast to join his family.
November 11, 2013 |
NORMANDY, France - At dawn on June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the northern coast of France, and June will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II military operation against the German march to dominate Europe, which began with American, British, and Canadian sacrifices of a magnitude unimaginable to all but survivors of infantry and invasion warfare. A visit to the Normandy beaches, invasion sites, and cemeteries is an opportunity to appreciate today's freedom by honoring not only the soldiers who died but also the survivors - and to attempt to grasp the horror of war by seeing the battlefields and mind-numbing rows of headstones.
July 1, 2013
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec By Fred Vargas Translated from the French by Sian Reynolds Penguin. 368 pp., $15 Reviewed by Peter Rozovsky Fred Vargas' novels are sold as crime fiction, and she has done well for herself under that label, winning three International Dagger Awards for best translated crime novel from the Crime Writers' Association in Great Britain and topping best-seller lists in several European...
June 7, 2013 |
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history's largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day's 69th anniversary. Around two dozen U.S. vets, some in their old uniforms pinned with medals, stood and saluted during a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where a U.S. cemetery holds the remains of Americans who died during the vicious battle to storm the French beach under withering Nazi fire.
May 27, 2013
The Guns at Last Light The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy By Rick Atkinson Henry Holt, 896 pp. $38 Reviewed by Chris Patsilelis Rick Atkinson opens The Guns at Last Light with a stirring set piece. The Allied generals are meeting to put the finishing touches on Operation Overlord, the June 6, 1944, invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Here is the 53-year-old Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, "a man at peace with his soul" but also a man with "high blood pressure, chronic headaches, and ringing in one ear" who smoked 80 Camels a day. Without his usual grin, he implores his staff: "I consider it to be the duty of anyone who sees a flaw in the plan not to hesitate to say so. " Here is British Field Marshal Gen. Bernard L. Montgomery, "a wiry, elfin figure" with a narrow, foxlike face "in immaculate battle dress," popping to his feet, "pointer in hand.
May 13, 2013 |
THE TRAINER of Normandy Invasion said his fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that includes the Travers Stakes in August. Trainer Chad Brown said yesterday that after a talk with owner Rick Porter the decision was made to rest the colt rather than bring him back on 2 weeks' rest. Normandy Invasion took the lead in the stretch of last weekend's Derby before finishing fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Orb. Orb went for a 1 1/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park yesterday, and is set for his final workout today before being vanned to Baltimore for the Saturday's Preakness.