It was a memorial to the Canadian soldiers who took over “Point 67” (the hill where the memorial was located) and from there advanced to liberate the surrounding towns. The Calgary Highlanders were mentioned by name. In fact there were at least 2 plaques that told about their specific efforts there. It said that on July 25th, the day my grandfather was reported injured, a company of Highlanders were advancing to May-sur-Orne to execute Operation Spring! I had never heard any of this before! I was uncovering new information about my Grandfather’s experiences in the war, standing where he very likely stood all those years ago, so very far from home. Operation Spring. The skirl of bagpipes. SS Panzer Corps. The greatest concentration of tanks per kilometre of frontage anywhere in the Second World War.
And unfortunately that’s where we have to take an intermission, because we were at that point now late to meet our French house-sitting hosts who would be gone when we arrive to their house in February, to do the hand-off in advance.
But between what we learned on Point 67 and what Johann is finding for me in the archives (like the fact that he DID land on Juno beaches in D-Day!), we’ll have so much to see and learn on our next visit to Normandy.
I am so honored and excited to be in a position to discover and share the stories and experiences my Grandpa could not!
To be continued…
– from @nomaderwhere_mama on instagram.