They Will Not Be Forgotten. A Tribute to the Officers and Men of the 654th Engineer Topographical Battalion from the people of Tetbury.

Please read this story, it is a tribute to the armed forces and imperative that we remember all of the effort by all the soldiers. Without the work that these men did D-Day would never have
been a success. Thank you Mr. Merlin Fraser for honoring the men of the 654th. Engineering Topographical Battalion. You did a wonderful job. :o)

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For many 2014 is a special year, not only because it is the Centenary of the start of World War One but it also marks the 70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings on the Normandy Beaches. To commemorate these two historic milestones the press and media have gone into overdrive and of course a cynical person like me might view their enthusiasm as just another excuse to rerun all the old War movies once more.
Conversely even they realise the importance of such anniversaries and I am please to say that through the media certain schools created projects involving their senior students visiting mainland Europe and going on a tour called “War Walks” as well as visiting the many War graves where they may find a long lost distant relative.

Of course of no less importance the 70th anniversary of the D Day landings was marked this year by…

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2 thoughts on “They Will Not Be Forgotten. A Tribute to the Officers and Men of the 654th Engineer Topographical Battalion from the people of Tetbury.

  1. Pat, thanks for this. I’ve just posted the following on Merlin Fraser’s blog:

    Merlin, what an interesting post (found via Patricia Salamone’s reblog). It’s sad that after two world wars, dreadful armed conflicts continue. But it is right and proper that we should venerate those who have served just causes with valour, never forgetting those who played a vital role behind the scenes such as the men of the American 654th Engineer Battalion stationed at Tetbury during the run-up to D-Day seventy years ago.

    A heartening development touched on in your piece is the upsurge of interest amongst young people these days. My 15-year old granddaughter is one of the many who’ll be visiting WWI battlefield-cemeteries this summer, eager to learn more about those they owe their freedom to and pay respect.

    Just down the road from me is The Bells of Peover, a 13th century, wisteria-grown country inn. The Stars and Stripes fly alongside the Union Jack to commemorate the meetings that took place here, early in 1944, between General Patton of the US Third Army, billeted at Peover Hall, and General Eisenhower, the Allied Supreme Commander.

    Over lunch in the Snug they would plan Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. Downing a half in the Snug today, I seem to feel something of that time still hovering in the air, a sense of momentous enterprise, grave responsibility and comradeship.

    Well done in helping preserve the memory of the officers and men of the 654th.



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