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Pupils visit D-Day beaches

Posted on November 18 2008 at 3:13:05

Pupils visit a gun emplacement

During half term week a party of Village area schoolchildren trod in the footsteps of some of the bravest men of the century when they visited the Normandy landing beaches so crucial to the success of Operation Overlord, better known as the D-Day Landings.

The trip was organised by History Co-ordinator Anne Guest at Alvechurch Church of England Middle School and was intended to give the children first-hand experience of the places and sights involved on that day, back in June 1944.

The group of 42 children and six staff visited gun batteries, Omaha and Gold Beaches, Pegasus Bridge and Caen Memorial Museum, all of which provided a memorable insight into the drama, strategy, courage and loss of the Second World War.

One of the most sobering visits was to the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach where 18 000 servicemen lie buried and where the pupils were visibly moved.

Medieval history was also on the timetable with a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry which many of the group described as “awesome”.

Away from the visits, teacher Pete Rippington’s rewards and forfeits system gave the group lots of laughs, and a highlight of the trip was playing cricket on Gold Beach in the freezing wind.

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