Tag: World War II

Rangers Memorial in Weymouth

Another memorial on the Promenade in Weymouth is the American Rangers Memorial.  The memorial, unveiled in 1947, is in memory of American Servicemen 1939-1945.

IN MEMORY OF AMERICAN SERVICEMEN 1939-1945. 1944-1945. 

THE MAJOR PART OF THE AMERICAN ASSAULT FORCE WHICH

 LANDED ON THE SHORES OF FRANCE 6 JUNE 1944 WAS LAUNCHED

FROM WEYMOUTH AND PORTLAND HARBORS. FROM 6 JUNE 1944 TO 7 MAY 1945, 517,816 TROOPS AND 144,093 VEHICLES EMBARKED FROM THE HARBORS. MANY OF THE TROOPS LEFT FROM WEYMOUTH PIER. THE REMAINDER OF THE TROOPS AND ALL THE VEHICLES PASSED THROUGH WEYMOUTH EN ROUTE TO PORTLAND POINTS OF EMBARKATION.

PRESENTED BY THE 14TH MAJOR PORT, U.S. ARMY. (Added JUNE 1999:) 

There are a number of events on the memorial, although it is really geared towards the lead up to D-Day, and the landings by the Americans, as well as the battle at Lyme Bay in Dorset.

28 APRIL 1944
LYME BAY
749 DIED DURING D-DAY 
TRAINING EXERCISE ‘TIGER’
WHEN A CONVOY OF LSTS WAS ATTACKED BY E-BOATS
OFF PORTLAND
24 DECEMBER 1944.

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The Cenotaph on Central. Hong Kong

This cenotaph stands on a square in what is known as Central (Hong Kong Island) and was photographed in March 2008. I visited the SAI WAN War Cemetery in 2010 where many of those involved in the Battle for Hong Kong are buried, and this ties in with this cenotaph.
The local museum has a very interesting display relating to the occupation of the islands and surrounding mainland by the Japanese.

The grave of an Unknown Soldier in Sai Wan War Cemetery

The grave of an Unknown Soldier in Sai Wan War Cemetery

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