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John Clayton: Pointe du Hoc
The Moonscape of Normandy’s
Pointe Du Hoc
Story and Photos by John Clayton

hat would YOU say is one of the most extraordinary tourist sites in France? Would it surprise you to have me say it’s the moonscape looking area called Pointe Du Hoc in Normandy? Yes, that’s MY view of course, but as you’ll see every time you read “John Clayton’s War Memorabilia” blogs, you might wonder WHY I say what I do.

French tour guide for Normandy

Even now I hear some of you saying “Is he nuts or what? I mean what about all those marvelous artistic treasures in all those superb French museums, what about them. Are they not to be included?” Again, that’s true, but in the coming months I’ll share with you MY thoughts and VERY personal observations on military related things around the world – but especially in Europe – that are about people, places and other war events that I found to be extraordinary.

But here’s the BIG difference.

These are NOT features about events or people today but, as the series title indicates, “Memorabilia,” which means from yesterday – that is in the past, and more often than not, in the far and distant past. Which is why I hope you’ll become a regular reader of these blogs. In addition, they are NOT what you might expect from a blog about a military victory or defeat or person from the past - and certainly NOT the type of thing you'd expect in a travel feature. But that’s exactly WHY I write them, and why I hope you’ll become a regular!

destroyed German concrete blockhouse at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France

WW2 ended so many decades ago, that many living on Planet Earth right now were not even born when the invasion took place in Normandy on June 6th, 1944. France has some truly gorgeous scenery, charming champagne communities, riveting rivers and countryside walks in pristine areas so lovely you sometimes think it’s a mirage. So how, you might ask, how is it that the French allowed this moonscape piece of real estate to be in almost the same devastating condition it was back then – and still is today? Good question.


the writer at Pointe du Hoc with crater-filled landscape in the background
This photo of John, in the middle of the Point Du Hoc area – clearly shows the craters and vastly uneven landscape, much of it today being almost exactly as it was on June 6th, 1944

Located 4 miles west of famous – or maybe that should be infamous -- Omaha Beach because of all the deaths that took place there on that awful day in 1944, Pointe du Hoc was bombed incessantly by Allied warplanes trying to deliver a killing blow to the 4 large guns known to be there. They had to be destroyed because they looked down on Omaha and Utah Beaches. That’s why it looks like a moonscape because it’s nothing more than a piece of land that’s filled with a series of holes, dents, cavities, craters, and hillocks that are, today, much as it was back then.

Why didn’t the French – after the war – make yet another pristine area that looks down on those two famous beaches? Anyone who knows even a teeny, weenie bit of information about the Normandy landings, can tell you in flash that getting rid of those guns was of the utmost importance to General Eisenhower and the top Allied brass. Given the task of doing this, was handed to the elite US Army Rangers. For this critical mission they were lead (by the now) legendary Lt. Col James Earl Rudder.

another damaged German pillbox overlooking the beach at Pointe du Hoc

If the name of Pointe du Hoc rings a bell in your mind, it could be because almost every movie and TV show about Normandy touches on it in one way or another, although it’s probably best remembered from the 20th Century Fox movie The Longest Day.

I’ve been to Normandy four times now, and I’m always totally awestruck by this piece of historic military real estate. After Rudder’s men – and under intense enemy fire that came pouring down from the cliff tops -- Rudder’s Rangers' eventually scaled the nearly vertical 100 foot high cliffs to access the guns, but once on top they were amazed to see the guns were no longer there – they’d been moved one mile away shortly before the landings. But in true Ranger tradition, they were found and destroyed anyway.

So much for the Pointe Du Hoc of history.

faded sign pointing to Pointe du Hoc with fields of yellow flowers in the background

On my first visit around 2005, I was full of anticipation at what I might find. I also knew that the citizens of Normandy are forever grateful for what the British, Canadian and American troops did back then, and so almost every site or place worth mentioning in the Normandy campaign is highlighted by road signs, small and big signs, and maps and illustrations of what took place there. As my driver and a French guide got nearer to the Pointe, we took a side road and within seconds we were surrounded – or so it seemed – by enormous fields of yellow flowers that appeared to blanket everything in sight. Then, as we rounded a corner, there it was, a small, very faded sign (as you see in the above picture) saying Pointe Du Hoc.

I have a very vivid imagination, and thus it was hard for me to just see the sign as a sign. I immediately thought of how it was, how it sounded, and how it looked in 1944. My mind raced back to how it must have been. Did the German soldiers, when they realized the invasion was about to begin, did they (as they probably all stared out to sea in stupefied silence at the enormous Allied invasion fleet) wonder how it might change their life? Were they scared? Were they really ready for action? Would they live to see another day, or even that night?

When we got there, I leapt out of the car and just stood there -- also in stunned silence at actually being there. Even though there were several hundred or so tourists walking around the site, I felt completely alone and once again my mind took me back to that historic day – the sound of the hundreds of ships’ guns out in the bay all letting loose with naval artillery, the smell of cordite that seemed to penetrate into every pore of my body, then to the rata-tat of the nearby machine guns, and the wicked looking, and deadly German MG 42s. Suddenly reality crept back in, as my French guide whispered in my ear, “Are you OK?” I said I was, and we toured the site.

bomb craters litter the rolling hillsides at Pointe du Hoc

There were a mass of tiny hillocks, holes, craters and small up and down rolling hills (as you see in this photo) all caused by the almost round the clock bombing in the months before D-day – and I thought of the death and destruction that was -- back in the day - everywhere around me. How on earth, I wondered, how do human beings commit themselves to doing this sort of stuff, what is it that motivates them - and how do they live with themselves after it's over, and they realize they're still alive?

The other fact that strikes a first time visitor to Pointe Du Hoc, are the huge concrete blockhouses and pillboxes that are often located, in my view, in strange locations. So many of them look as if they had belonged to some enormous giant who was carelessly throwing away his (or her, I mean c’mon, there must have been female giants, right?) equally huge houses. Most had been aged considerably by the weather, the ocean and time perhaps, but nevertheless they were still there.

That was because the Nazi Todt Organization that built these fortifications, made them to last a hundred or so lifetimes. Or as Hitler so often told his people, The One Thousand Year Reich. But when the war did end, the French were unable to destroy them, and it was decided to leave them as a memento to what took place. As I gazed up at their immensity, vastness and, well bigness, I knew they were – as dreadful as it is to say -- a lasting testament to the building expertise of those who, under Hitler’s orders, and the tyrannical bozo boss of the organization, Mr. Todt himself, who built these concrete and steel monstrosities on the French coast. Hitler thought they would stop the Allies in their tracks. But boy oh boy, was he ever wrong.

As I stood at one of the entrances to this mass of concrete (shown in this photo) I wondered again how it might have been – and yet again I was transported back to June, 1944. I heard loud German voices shouting to get into action, there were also lots of “Heil Hitler’s,” and orders to prepare for battle. I even wondered if, where I was standing to take this photo, if there might have been a German officer standing exactly where I was, and wearing that black coal scuttle helmet of the SS, yelling out his guttural orders.

On the 3 occasions I visited this site, there were always lots of what I assumed were school kids. My curiosity peaked, I went up to one of the adults with them, and asked if she spoke English – she did –and I asked what they were all doing. She said that the school kids in Normandy are required by Norman law to visit these sites, so they never forget what the Allies did in 1944.

This photo shows the layout of the Pointe, and you can almost see the countless pock marks of all the bombs that rained down on the Pointe before June 6th, 1944. It is part of the vast array – already mentioned – of the signs and visual aids that are everywhere around Normandy, on the historic sites that are part of the epic battles that took place there now so very long ago.

A little known fact is that in January of 1979, the Pointe Du Hoc area was all ceded – forever – to the US government in - among other factors - recognition of what the US Rangers did. It is now maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. For other nifty things to see and do in France, check out www.franceguide.com.

If your wanderlust ever takes you to Europe, I do hope you’ll find time to visit this most awesome, truly incredible part of US military history. Tell me YOUR thoughts at jdcradio@cox.net.

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Normandy's World War 2 Beaches; German War Cemetery, Normandy; Discovering Normandy; Lorraine, France


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That is indeed an interesting and enlightening article. I will remember how to get away from the airport and to London proper. Wimbledon looks spectacular; I suppose they're going to use some of it for the Olympics?

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Frankie Laney – Carlsbad, CA

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Thank you very much for your story to me and Old Town Trolley Tours. I am happy you had a nice tour and that we were referred to you! I enjoyed reading your story and can't wait until I forward this email to my Manager and the General Manager tomorrow,

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John,

That is wonderful! I really enjoyed Part one of five....awesome writing skills you have!! A true gift!!

Best regards,

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Mr. Clayton,

Thank you for your intriguing article on Castro de Santa Tegra. Quite literally, I have never even heard of the place, but it it is now officially on my 'bucker list.'

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John,

I saw that! That was so cool! I wasn't expecting it, so when I started reading it I was thinking, "Wow, another person wrote something similar to what I was saying to John!" Hahahaha! I didn't recognize it at first. :) That was really nice - thank you for answering me regarding the UK. I'm going to buy a travel book and check out the places you were talking about. Your experience about Normandy got me appreciating visiting battle "destinations," if you will, so I'd like to check out a couple of those that you mentioned.

Always a pleasure,

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Museum Educator, The Banning Museum

My dear Cristina,

If you go to the current Traveling Boy website, and click on my current story about crazy signs around the world, at the end of the piece you’ll see your question and my answer/suggestions about your travels.

John

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John, your ardent love of travel and discovery, seem to be the grist for your excellent writing skills.

Having just returned from a visit to France, to visit old friends, and enjoy that lovely country, it is not hard to comprehend how travel truly spawns, witin all of us, inspiration out the "gazoo."

Terry Hare

My dear Terry,

Thank you so much for your wonderful and very, very encouraging words. They made my day - hey, it made my month!!!

Hugs,

John

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(The letter below was sent in response by a reader to the article A Most Unusual Tourist Attraction)

Did you ever serve in the army? Were you in a combat zone? This affinity/hobby of war for the sake of the competitive and challenge is beyond me. I served 3 years (mandatory) in the Israeli army and was only involved in it while I had to be there (even that seems like too much). This article is inspiring to me because of the answer of the cemetery official and the figures of dead on both sides. I can not understand saluting to a person who did his best to kill as many people as possible. If you live out of fear or brainwash you will never stop killing and harming. Does that deserve a salutation or pity?

On Behalf Of Etan, USA

Etan, Greetings:

Many thanks for your thoughtful email with regard to my Traveling Boy story about my visit to the German cemetery in Normandy. To answer your first question, yes I did serve in the Army although NOT in combat. I‘ve been in this great country, the USA, for 48 years and was born in London, so when I was 18 I had to spend time in the Army doing (what was then called) National Service. I was in North Africa and Malta. Although I wished I’d been in combat, I never was. As a travel journalist I was, obviously, very happy that you found what I wrote inspiring, based on the comments of the French manager of the cemetery, and of the tragedy of how many young lives were lost on all sides due to that dreadful conflict.

He, the old, guy, was a fascinating individual, and I really enjoyed chatting to him. I’ve always had a (and let’s call it what it is) fascination with war, and the military, and have watched (almost!) every show on the Military channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, countless times. I’ve also been to many WW2 sites around the world. Yes, I agree with your view that war is terrible, but what if we – the Allies - had not done anything about Hitler? Could we, or should we have allowed him to run amok around Europe and the rest of the world? I think not.

As terrible as war is, it seems human beings cannot find another way to settle certain problems – although I’m hugely encouraged by the approach of the EU and how so many people now realize that fighting is NOT the answer. So I live in hope war might be a thing of the past, but I doubt it.

My saluting M. Wittman’s grave. As I stood there I was, to be totally honest, in awe of the fact that I was standing above the grave of this incredible Nazi tank Ace who was the top, or among the top scoring tank commanders in the Panzers. I saluted not who he was, nor – certainly – what he stood for – but for his talents as a tank tactician. Most British and American historians of that war, and who are really interested in such things, will confirm to you that whatever else one might think about Wittman, he was a brilliant tank commander. That, and only that, was what I was recognizing.

For 16 successful years – 1992 to 2007 – I was on three top LA radio stations (KABC, KKGO/KMZT and the KNX) with my show “John Clayton’s Travel with A Difference” and I always enjoyed hearing from my listeners - even though at times what they sent me might not have been what I was expecting. In other words, I found it fascinating to hear both the upbeat, offbeat and down beat. When I wrote what did I knew that it would generate some responses like yours. While I do not (NOT!!) advocate TBoy's writers' doing stories that are provocative, the fact remains that human beings (whether they admit it or not) like controversy - witness Glenn Beck, O'Reilly etc and of course R. Limbaugh. What I am saying is that if you, as the writer, feel strongly about something, you MUST put those thoughts down in your story. While I abhor all things that guys like Wittman did as a Nazi, the fact is he was a brilliant tactician.

I must share with you yet again how delighted I was – and still am – by your words, and I’m so glad you wrote and said what you did, and that you took the time to share your feelings. I do hope you can – at the very least – accept my thoughts and ideas that I’ve laid out in this email on this very sensitive subject. Perhaps even more so, for someone from Israel.

With best regards,.

John

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John, Your refection on how young those can be who die in war reminded me of the A.E. Houseman poem at the entrance to the Fighter Command museum in London (beside the photo and engine of the RAF fighter pilot who died in the Battle of Britain): "Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young."

Eric, San Diego, CA

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Ringo and Deb can have their Oasis - this to me smacks of heavenly travel - thanks for the article and photos.

Brenda - Richland, WA

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Hi John,

I have read a few articles about R for Robert, but yours by far is the best. My grandfather was co-pilot John Slatter (my Dad's dad). It is so neat to hear about ancestry. There is actually a book published called R for Robert. Another interesting detail.... I live in NH, and in 1985 a lawyer with many interests from Concord,NH and a sonar exploration company from Salem, NH were the ones who started the project to pull the Wellington out of the Loch. I am always trying to find information about that side of our family, and love to read articles such as yours. Thanks for the piece.....

Cyndi - Raymond, NH

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Greetings my dear Cyndi

I was born in Kensington in London, and although I've been in this great place called the USA for 48 amazing years, if it is still true that Brits ARE noted for understatement, let me tell you that your email not only made my day, but gave me a huge, huge thrill.

I am a WW2 aficionado, and had one of the biggest "thrill sensations" of my life, when the French government invited me to the 60th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6th, 2004. In fact, I sat 50 feet from world leaders like Bush, Putin, and Queen Elizabeth. When I went to Loch Ness and heard (and saw!) that a wonderful Wellington had crashed there, and that it also pin pointed WHERE it had happened, I was in nirvana. I stood on the side of the road and, as I gazed out at the cold and forbidding waters that day, I was instantly transported back to the time and day when it happened - and in my imagination I saw and heard it all. So to get your amazing and (to me) riveting letter, was and is totally amazing - and wonderful.

John

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Hello John,

Ed Boitano (who I met on a Star Clipper cruise in the Mediterranean last July) has sent me a link to your above article on the 'Little Steam Trains of North Wales' which I read with interest. One of the photo captions mentions a sign above the train in Welsh, which says: FFORD ALLAN GOFYNN'R DEITHWYR DDEFNYDDIO'R BONT I GROESI'R LEIN. Rougly translated it is a Notice to travellers to use the bridge to cross the line. In Welsh bont is a bridge or archway, Groesi is a crossing, Lein a line, (in this case a rail line or alternative it could mean a line-out (as in Rugby football - but that's another game!) Although born in Wales as Ed may tell you my Welsh is very limited, but trust this answers your question and it amuses! Kind regards,

John Dann - Hove, East Sussex, England

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How wonderful to know that people in Hove (for heavens sakes!) are reading Traveling Boy. I remember -- with much fondness --- visiting Hove during my early years in the UK - charming and very British, so I hope it is still that way and that it has NOT been over run with neon signs and crass commercialism.

Thanks too for your comment about the Welsh wording on the bridge. There were so many wonderful things that intrigued me about Wales, and one of them was - and is! - the language. I mean you'd see this long series of words in Welsh, and then underneath it would give the British translation, and it'd very often be only one or two words. I attach a photo I took of a road sign to illustrate my point. In any event, thanks for your kind words and interesting feedback. MOST appreciated.

John

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Dear John,

Your website is fantastic. I am building a Messerschmitt BF109E Model in Balsa Wood and I have a problem in finding the numbers of its original colour (BF 109E-3 with a Donald Duck painted at rear of Romania.)I've been looking around and tried to see through the internet but can't find any help. Please if you have this information and can help me, I would appreciate it very much and I thank you in advance I send you my best regards,

Philip Vella - St. Julians, Malta

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Hi Philip,

Very nice to get your email and I'm so glad you like what you've seen and read on Traveling boy. Sadly, I do not have the answer to your question either. I do, however, have one suggestion and idea.

Among all my aviation books form that period, I have one called "Aircraft of World War 2." It is published by Chartwell Books, 114 Northfield Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08837, USA. The editorial and design was done by Amber Books at Bradley Close, 74-77 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF, England. Their website is www.amberbooks.co.uk.

As the above book is jam packed with fascinating facts about all the aircraft from WW2, I feel that if you write to both of them with your question, they might be able to help you. The book is written by Robert Jackson and he seems to be a mountain of information. Google his name and see what comes up.

John

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Hello John, I don't know if you remember me or not but my name is Cliff Pleggenkuhle, Jr. I flew for Cal from 1964 to 2003. I got the article you did on Wes Coss from the Cal Chief Pilots office. The communications people forwarded the article to them. Anyway, I sent the article to the Golden Contrails editor and he is going to include the article in our next edition. The contrails is the publication of our retired group the Golden Eagles.

I have read the book and it was great. It would make a good movie. I also sent your article to my old banker, who is a airplane and WWII nut and I think he is sending you an article about the underground in WWII. He writes articles of interest in a weekly local paper in Liberty County, TX.

I will quit rambling and just wanted to let you know your fine article on Wes will be appreciated by many.

Regards,

Cliff Pleggenkuhle, Jr., Huffman, TX

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Sir...A good friend, a captain with Continental Airlines, Cliff Pleggenkuhle sent me your website. Indeed, your story about the great escape (albeit brief) was one that should be shared. Chuck Yeager also made his way to Spain and his story was somewhat similar. But it takes a real writer to set the plan in motion (and I really mean...motion) as you have done.

I'm taking the liberty to send you a copy of my newspaper column about another hero that I have known. Ironically, your mention of the escape of Wes being true can set aside the Great Escape of Stalag whatever. The untrue part that it was led by an American pilot when actually it was a Dutch pilot named Bob Vanderstock and others. When I went to Belgium with my friend Pieter Cramerus, a Dutch ace who flew Spitfires during WWII for the RAF, he told me about his friend Vanderstock's escape. Then, he introduced to me this fantastic former agent of the Belgium Underground who married his cousin. The rest is in the article. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again for your expertise in writing the word.

Bob Jamison, Dayton, TX

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You're getting some serious journalism on your site! Literary indeed. Award-winning potential, and I'm not just talking about YOUR stuff!!

Terry Cassel

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Greetings....

Of all the stories I've written in my lifetime, I cannot think of any one that gave me as much pleasure and joy, in writing the piece about Wes. It required all my best "creative juices," and also - truly thrilling for me - gave me a marvelous opportunity to put words together about battle, about flying and about military history. Knowing how important editing is to any story, and to a reader's enjoyment of same (in other words it has to flow freely and be very concise) I wrote the article in one sitting, and then re-wrote it six times.

I have no idea who this Terry Cassel is, but I cannot tell you how thrilled and how, yes overwhelmed I am, by his brief (editing again proving that less is more) comments about my story. Thank you Ed for giving me this opportunity to put THIS story on the amazing Traveling Boy website. And Wes, thank you for allowing me to chat with you and glean from you (and then your book!) all the fascinating stuff that came together as my article.

Thanks must also go to my wife and my two daughters who have always believed in me, and who (as Father's Day has just passed) gave me the most wonderful and heart wrenching Father's Day cards imaginable. I have always told them that anything is achievable and possible, and that one should NEVER give up. Keep on knocking on doors and even if 20 are closed in your face, if you find yourself knocking on the 21st one, that'll very probably will be THE one that opens up for you - and demonstrates that your determination to never take NO as any sort of answer is a key part of success.

Finally, all of this has only been made reality, by my living and working in this place called the United States of America. Thank you all for everything.

John

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Thanks so much for sharing this great story - I am going to copy it to VB who runs the Travel Journalism awards.

Fiona Stewart, Edinburgh

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John,

Nice piece. I adore Scotland, wish I could live there someday...

Chris, Pawling, NY

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I enjoyed reading your piece on France; it was very informative. Unfortunately, I've spent very little time in France; it's more to the favor of my oldest brother. But your words painted a good picture.

Danny Simon

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Hi John, I am a friend of your daughter Heidi and she sent me your link so I could read your articles. I have heard so many things about you from her but reading your article I can see why she is so proud to call you her Dad. Your writing transported me to Chewton Glen, I hope to one day be lucky enough to stay there!

Frances Crymble, Auckland, NZ

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You describe a city on wheels - er, wings - and an absolutely perfect way to travel. SHOWERS & FLOWERS! Amazing! I love that your passion for all-things-aviation comes through in this story about an almost unbelievable airplane. Thanks for breaking the news in such an engaging way!

Richard Frisbie, Saugerties, New York

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Good article on the biggest commercial airplane in the world. Very interesting. Love your easy personal writing style. Can't wait to get inside one of these sky monsters. I wonder how they will ever recoup their expenses. But then again, with the Arab nations overflowing with cash I shed no tear of sympathy. If anyone has to beta test these babies, it should be them.

Peter Paul, South Pasadena

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Dear John Clayton:

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic report on the Zeppelin Museum. I am very pleased you like it as we -- the people working there -- do. We try to collect everything on Zeppelins and to make it available to visitors. Only the number of visitors I would like to correct: since the opening in 1996 we hosted more than 3,600,000 people. So we are among the most visited museums in Germany.Thank you very much again -- and kindest regards,

Ursula ZellerDirector


Hi John,

I know the places you describe in your aticle, and I usually feel exactly the same as you did, when I wander in the countryside - I live in this region. How could this places, so peaceful today, be such a hell for some men? But if you're attentive to many details in the ground and the scenary, finding shell shrapnels and tumb stones for example, then you begin to understand

Thank you John.

Florence L.
City: France

John,

It's as if I was there with you. I grew up with Sgt York comic books. To see the real place where a real person so heroically saved the day is something I never expected to experience. Thanks for the historical detail and great photos.

Richard Frisbie
City: Saugerties

John,

As a history and Churchill buff, I found your article to be chilling. I hope someday to make it to the museum. Is the CWR at all part of the Imperial War Museum? I don't know how I missed it in my only trip to London back in 2000.

Thanks again,

Gary Avrech
City: Santa Monica

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Hey Gary....

Yes it is. If you go online and click on the IWM website, you'll find out even more information about this intriguing museum. Thanks for your times and words.

John


John,

Very excited to see your appearance in the Boitano Blog. I don't know who the hell all those Boitanos are, but I know who John Clayton is! Hey, I wrote a note on your column on the Cabinet War Rooms. I'll be a regular reader. I certainly hope all are well and happy on the Peninsula and that all your travels are still terrific.

Ed P


John,

I urge anyone traveling to London to put the Cabinet War Rooms high on their "must see" list. All who've taken my advice have thanked me, just like I thanked you, and do so again, for recommending the museum to me years ago. But then, it's just one of many suggestions of yours, every one brilliant!

Ed
Port St. Lucie, FL


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