John Sheldon's photos


A beach of death, now a garden

In the D-Day Garden at Arromanches-sur-Mer, Normandy, metal sculptures have been placed to suggest scenes from the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The sculptures have been made out of small metal washers, individually welded together. This area of coastline was code-named Gold Beach and was where mostly British troops landed. This beach saw 1100 allied casualties on the D-Day itself, including 350 killed. The D-Day Garden was opened in June 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

A beach of death, now a garden

In the D-Day Garden at Arromanches-sur-Mer, Normandy, metal sculptures have been placed to suggest scenes from the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The sculptures have been made out of small metal washers, individually welded together. This area of coastline was code-named Gold Beach and was where mostly British troops landed. This beach saw 1100 allied casualties on the D-Day itself, including 350 killed. The D-Day Garden was opened in June 2019, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Gun emplacement, Normandy - 2nd World War

German big gun placed during the occupation of France so as to defend the Normandy Coast from attack from La Manche / the 'English Channel'. This gun, thankfully out of action forever now, is near Arromanches-sur-Mer / Gold Beach.

The Canadian Dead

This is one of many memorials placed outside the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. The number of names recorded is horrifying. "The Juno Beach Centre is Canada’s Second World War museum and cultural centre located in Normandy, France. The Centre pays homage to the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during the War, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 359 on D-Day. Opened in 2003 by veterans and volunteers with a vision to create a permanent memorial to a…

Donald Duck image, 1944

In the Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Presumably a member of the Canadian forces that landed at Juno Beach in June1944 was responsible for this artwork. [I had to photograph this: Donald has always been my favourite cartoon character, alongside Sylvester the Cat.] DD or Duplex Drive tanks, nicknamed "Donald Duck tanks" were a type of amphibious swimming tank developed by the British during the Second World War. The phrase is mostly used for the Duplex Drive variant of the M4 S…

Sword Beach, Colleville-Montgomery

This picture of 'Sword Beach' is taken from Collville-Montgomery, looking towards Ouistreham. The strip of coastline code-named Sword Beach for the purposes of the Normandy Landings (D-Day landings) in June 1944 covers the five miles from Lion-sur-Mer to Ouistreham. Here is where British army units, with French and British Commandos, landed on 6th June, 1944.

Rectangles, like flags

Buildings near the beach (Sword Beach in the Normandy Landings of June 1944) at Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, France. A windy day.

A visited grave

The pebbles placed on top of this memorial stone and the candle indicate that this grave is still visited.

Remembering the Unknown

Memorial stone for an unidentified German soldier killed in Normandy, probably in 1944. Someone has left an 'In remembrance' token. When I saw this it reminded me of this Babylonian text from 3 or 4 thousand years ago: "You, ghost belonging to nobody, who have nobody to bury you or speak your name, whose name nobody knows ... before Shamash, Gilgamesh, the Annunaki and the ghosts of my family you hereby receive a present, you are honoured with a gift." [Myths from Mesopotamia, Stephanie Dalley, Oxford Wor…
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