Posted by: sommecourt | 18/08/2011

Dig Normandy

In late July we returned to Normandy to film in three locations for Dig WW2. The three sites chosen were two D Day locations and one connected with the Battle of Normandy. This part of the series will look at the evolvement of the Normandy campaign from D Day to the breakout through the archaeology of these three locations. At Juno Beach we were greatly assisted by the staff of the Juno Centre; after several meetings in the early part of the year we had selected to unearth a German bunker and some tunnels used on D Day and captured by Canadian troops. These had not been entered for decades; the resulting exploration was genuinely exciting and had provoked a lot of local interest. We found ourselves being interviewed for TV by France3 and several local and regional papers covered the event. Our other D Day dig was in a famous US Airborne location near Utah Beach and the dig here proved that despite what you think you know about a site, it can offer up some surprises; watch the series to find out more! Our final site was a collection of some of the most impressive pieces of German armour left on the Normandy battlefield and helped us tell the story of armoured warfare in Canada; eventually this sequence will be cut with interviews with Irish and Canadian armoured veterans. The filming for the series is now coming to an end and it should be on BBC2 in early 2012.

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