Myself – alongside The Coastal Command Jeep – at Viewpoint, Poole.


This is a place where I often go on a Sunday around 2 PM – Viewpoint, Poole. I have found that so very many people who gather gather there – know many different stories about its history. I pick up new pieces of history every time I go.

If anybody has any more stories – my grey Jeep Wrangler can be seen parked – usually under the trees.

The only photo I find of my jeep at the moment is one taken at Rockley Point (below left) – which is quite a bit further inland of the harbour.

Mulberry Harbour – this is part of one of the two harbours that was towed back to England from the Normandy coast.

Mulberry Harbours were massive temporary portable harbours developed and made in the UK for the D-Day landings, and towed across the English Channel to enable the rapid offloading of absolutely vast numbers of vehicles and other cargo to the Normandy beaches in June, 1944. It is fair to say – that the invasion would not have succeeded without them – even though one of them at some point eventually collapsed into the very rough and turbulent seas.

These can be seen from the back of the D-Day Centre.

ONE OF THE REMAINING ARMY RANGERS TO STORM THE SHORES OF NORMANDY

 


Charles Ryan – Army Ranger, 2nd BN in WWII– passed away in his home in St. Louis on Mar. 24 at the age of 96.

Charles Ryan served as an Army Ranger in the 2nd BN in WWII and was one of 225 Rangers that risked their lives in the D-Day Invasion at Normandy (in the Associated Press on Saturday).
During the invasion, 50 of the 65 troops in Ryan’s unit lost their lives during the battle that began on June 6, 1944. In all, there were 225 Rangers that warded off fire from enemy artillery.

Ryan was wounded during the D-Day Invasion but that didn’t stop him from fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest.

Ryan was assigned to the 2nd Ranger Battalion, which received the assignment along with the 5th Ranger Battalion in June 1944. The 2nd Battalion was tasked with landing on the beach, scaling the cliffs and securing the higher ground. Once reaching the tops, they were to use flares to signal the successful taking of the cliffs.

25.08.2018

2018-08-25 – Saturday. In my travels around – I was wondering – how far the American 1st Infantry Division’s location existed in 1943/4 before D-Day – besides the existing site of Canford Heath (the largest lowland heath in Dorset). The Division was of course also located at Swanage and around, directly across the bay from Bournemouth – and very many stories – which I have – that were were recorded and produced in two very small publication books, that were told by the GIs, the residents and evacuees that lived there – all had remarkable, good and nostalgic – very moving memories of their time there. In regards to their encampment as it were on Canford Heath – it did occur to me that parts of the heath might have extended further down towards the harbour in those days – where now there is a retail estate – and various housing estates. I noticed some woods – called Parkstone Heights Woods – I thought I would just have a look around there for whatever clues I could find – and as I was going around – I met a woman with her dog – I just mentioned a little about myself – and she said amazingly – right here where we are standing – was a lookout post in World War II – I took a photograph of it and I have placed the photo just above this description. There is not much left of it unfortunately. She added that just a little further was a very large crater where a German bomber had crash landed and exploded with enormous force – she was told this by family members I believe. I was unable to locate that particular area at the time. *If anyone has any further information, I would be interested – maybe the lady concerned will see this – because I did give her my card with the Easy-Jeep website on it. Whether she will look at it or not is another matter.