I was able to tour Winston Churchill’s War Room. An underground bunker which provided all the “basics” that the Prime Minister and his staff needed during WWII and the Battle of Britain.
Some of the most interesting items:
1. Churchill hated unnecessary noise, especially whistling!
2. Winston smoked 8 cigars per day!
Sword Beach was a successful British landing in Normandy thanks to the British Commandos who took the bridges over Orne and Caen Canals. Today it is known as Pegasus Bridge, named after the commandos unit who captured it.
The importance of capturing the bridges over these canals is explained by our guide Robert using an exhibit from Pegasus Bridge Museum.
The inability for the nearby German units to respond to the approximately 15,000 British troops coming ashore on Sword beach saved many lives and allowed the British to establish a successful beachhead in this sector of Normandy.
Footage taken by Brad on Utah Beach, June 6, 2019
This sketch drawn by Jack Shea, a platoon leader from the 29th Infantry Division-published by the History Channel.