Category: Second World War

Bomb craters and the remains of fortifications at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy

D-Day: Pointe du Hoc

The prominent heights of Pointe du Hoc on the Normandy coast were the scene of a desperate battle during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944. The strategic promontory overlooks Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, making it an obvious choice for a coastal battery. To mark the anniversary of D-Day I thought I’d share some photos I took during a visit to the site.

Vintage WW2 Mobile Canteen on display
© Lemuel Lyes 2009

D-Day Anniversary – Portsmouth

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Last year I shared some of my experiences exploring Omaha Beach, to mark the anniversary this year I thought I’d share some of my photos from a D-Day commemoration I attended in Portsmouth five years ago. I was actually […]

Cover addressed to Rongotai Air Station
Lemuel Lyes Collection

J-Walking at Wellington Airport

Today I have another couple of envelopes and another story, this time from wartime Wellington – a city that has had a bit of a shaky time lately. I came across this pair of covers (fancy philately term for used envelopes) back when I was a teenager.  At […]

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D-Day: History Geek hits Omaha Beach

Today is D-Day.  And I don’t mean that in the figurative sense.  Today marks the 69th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy on 6th June 1944.  The original non-metaphorical D-Day.  To commemorate this day of days I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from a […]

Soldiers wearing gas-masks in the Western Desert, 1941
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Ready for the Party 1941

First of all, apologies for the brief absence on the blog front.  I’ve been rather busy lately with the exception of an uncharacteristic migraine which waited until Otago’s regional holiday before ambushing me and rendering me useless, but I can’t complain, at least I’m not off to war […]

Kiwi Soldiers enjoying the snow in Jerusalem
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Snowball Fight in Jerusalem

This evening a good friend of mine shared this beautiful photo of a snow-covered Dome of the Rock.  It is the first time in four years that snow has fallen in Jerusalem and it looks like the locals are enjoying the novelty.  According to this article it is […]

4 N.Z. Field Regiment Christmas Card 1942
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Merry Christmas from El Alamein

It is that wonderful time of the year again.  Deadlines are looming, traffic is congested, frantic shoppers jostle for position at the cashier and all the while we are being mocked by sadistically ironic jingles about what a wonderful time we are supposed to be having.  It sure […]