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 24 November

Annual Meeting of Association Nationale des Membres de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

 

15 November

Conférence: "Les forces spéciales britanniques pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale", par Pascal Le Pautremat, Les Invalides, Paris.

(Photos: Cécile Coolen)

 

11 November

French Military Medal Awards to British servicemen - Ambassador's Residence, London.

 

11 November

French National Military Memorial, Brookwood International War Cemetery, UK.

   
(photos courtesty of Cecile Coolen; Ray Windmill; Françoise Richardson)

 

10 November

Normandy Memorial Trust, Churchill War Rooms, London - Launch of plans for the new Learning Centre at the British Normandy Memorial, Vers sur Mer, Normandy.

Click here to support: https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/donate.

 

10 November

AFHG/GPFA Annual Lunch & Remembrance Commemoration, RAF Club & Bomber Command Memorial, London.

(photos courtesy of Françoise Richardson & Cécile Coolen)
   
 
Amiral Hervé Hamelin                 Defence Attaché of France to UK                                      Général Xavier Foissey             Dep. Dir. Grp. Aérien Europeen
Group Capt Antony McCord         UK Air Attaché to France                                                   Colonel Xavier Rival                 French Air Attaché to UK
Air Cmdre John Maas RAF            Aeralis & Lecturer Canterbury Uni                                   S/Ldr Beryl Dennet Stannard  Chair, RAF Assoc SW France
Jean François le Gal                     Prés. Fed. Assoc Français de GB                                        Marie-José Clayton                   Pres. Ass Nat Membres de l’ONM
Simon Horsington                        Vice Pres. AFHG & ANMONM                                            Françoise Richardson               Pres. Assoc Palmes Academiques
John Edmonds                              Architect, Nottingham University                                     Iza Bazin                                    Dir. Opérationnelle  Air Legend
John Crowe                                   Pres. Gallipoli & Dardanelles Int                                      Paul & Mrs Anne Bogaert        Prés. Assoc des Groupes Lourds
Ian Reed                                        Director AFHG /GPFA                                                         Marie-Noelle Jaffre                  Music Consulant Kawa Cultural
Jon Swain                                      Journalist & Author                                                           Cécile Coolen                            Film Director / Réalisatrice
Liam O’Connor                              Architect, D-Day & Bomber Cmd                                      Guy Audibert                             President AMAC en GB
Dr Kate Vigurs                              Historian & author                                                             Thomas Reed                            UK Civil Servant RPA
Anke ter Doest                              Author art, architecture, historian                                    Brigitte Williams                      Fondation de France Libre GB
Anne Alexandre                            Daughter of SIS network head                                          Ian Titman-Reade                     Secret WW2 Learning Centre
Jeff Hewitt                                    46 Royal Marine Commando Assoc                                   Erica Horsley                             Daughter 50 Sqd "Comet" evader
Sharon Spinos                              Secret WW2 Learning Centre                                            Sumitra Tikaram                        FANY & G&DI
Carole Austin                                WW2 Veteran daughter                                                     Elizabeth Lake                           WW2 Veteran daughter
Joy Hanauer                                  SOE links                                                                             Ray Windmill                             SWW2LN
Penny Maas                                                                                                                               Hugues-Marie Foissey

 

8 November

80th anniversary of the Battle of Bir Hakeim commemoration - Souvenir française. Lycée Charles de Gaulle, Kensington. SW7.

  • Plaque to Capt. Philippe Kieffer & 1st Btn de Fusiliers Marins Commando (1er BFMC)
  • Display of the Battle of Bir Hakeim
  • Plaque commemorating 3rd & 4th SAS (Special Air Service) Regts.

(Photos Simon Horsington & Thomas Liaudet)

 

4 November

Meeting with Lyliia Kuzyk, Ukrainian Lawyer and social media activist. Photo at Gare de Montparnasse, Paris, near the plaque commemorating the surrender of the invading NAZI forces to Général Leclerc on 25 August 1944.

             

 

3 November

Assemble Nationale Paris, meeting Deputé Alexandre Holroyd with FAFGB President Jean-Philippe Le Gal.

 

2 November

Paris with FAFGB, meeting Senator Olivier Cadic at the French Senate

                                        
(photos courtesy of Jean-Philippe Le Gal & Olivier Cadic)

 

5 October

92nd Anniversary of the crash of the R101 airship - Beauvais, Picardy. Commemoration organised by Bill Beauclerk.

 

25 September

Blois - unveiling of the Memorial to Lise de Baissac & Andrée Borrel - the first female S.O.E. agents to parachute into Occupied France - 80 years ago on this day - Cécile Coolen.

(Photos: Cecile Coolen)

 

21 September

S.O.E. lecture: 'Mission France: the true history of the women of SOE' by Dr Kate Vigurs, at the British Ambassador's Residence, Paris.

 

15 September

82nd Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Commemoration at the Arc de Triomphe with French Secretary of State for Veterans & Commemoration HE Patricia Miralles, British Ambassador, Military Governor of Paris, Chief of Armée de l'Air, military representatives of 15 other nations.

 

14 September

Book of Condolence for HM Queen Elizabeth II, British Embassy, Paris

 

 

14 July

Bastille Day - French Ambassador's Residence, Kensington Palace Gardens

 

 

6 July

Handover to the new British Defence Attaché, from Air Commodore Tim Below to Brigadier Al Veitch at the UK Ambassador's Residence, Paris with Dame Menna Rawlings.

 

25 June

Le Tréport, Normandy - inauguration of the memorial to the 123 Free French airmen "missing in action" during WW2.

 

24 June

Franco-British Maritime Colloquium - Painted Hall, Greenwich


 

20 June

70 years of Dassault jet aircraft in service with the Armée de l'Air et Espace. New exhibition at Les Invalides, Paris until 20 September 2022. Dassault MD450 "Ourgan" (#297) 1952 and the latest Rafale.


 

18 June

"l'Appel" 82nd anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's BBC broadcast to the people of France establishing the intention to support Britain and fight on.

 
(Photos: Derek Williams)

 

9 June

D-Day Memorials: Dozulé, Beuzeville and Pont-L’Eveque - 6th Airborne Div and 46 Royal Marine Commando.

 
Photos; AFHG & Simon Horsington)

 

7 June

D-Day Ranville Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

 

 

6 June

78th Anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Landings (debarquement)

 

2 June

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Jubilee Commemoration with President Emmanuel Macron - Arc de Triomphe, Paris

(Photos: AFHG & Felix Mitchell)

 

6 May

Annual Meeting - Association des Mutiles, Anciens Combattants et Victimes de la Guerre (GB) - Civil Service Club, London

 

18 April

77th Anniversary the French Heavy Bomber Group (Groupes Lourds) last mission of WW2. Nos 346 "Gutenne" & 347 "Tunisie" Armée de l'Air (within RAF Bomber Command). Re-igniting the Frame of the Unknown Warrior, Arc de Triomphe, Paris.

 

15 March

Visite de la Compagnie Motocyclistes de la Préfecture de Police de Paris avec le Brigadier Stéphane Pécher et Air Commodore Tim Below, Attaché de la Défense UK.

 
(Photos: Prefecture de Police, Paris)

 

5 March

Order des Palmes Academique - AGM London, talk on Anglo French history by Ian Reed.

(Photos: Françoise Richardson)

 

5 March

RAFA SW France AGM - Chateâu Balestard Le Tonnelle, Sainte Émillion.

 

9 February

Ordre National du Mérite - AGM London

 

2021

 

26 November

French Ambassador's Residence, Kensington Palace Gdns, London. Formal reception for the Presentation of the Legion d'Honneur to the AFHG Director, Ian Reed MBE, and the Officier Ordre National du Mérite to the President of ANMONM, Mdme Marie-José Clayton. In attendance: French Ambassador, Defence Attaché, Military Attaché, Consul Général, UK Air Attaché (Paris), heads of Anglo/French Associations, colleagues, families & friends.

        

14 November

Remembrance Sunday - National Commemoration - The Cenotaph, London SW1A


11 November

Annual Commemorations at Brookwood CWGC Cemetery, Sussex with French Ambassador in attendance.

   

10 November

AFHG Annual Commemoration of the French & British aviators of WWII and Annual lunch at the Royal Air Force Club attended by French Defence Attaché, French Air Attaché and 30 representatives of Anglo/French associations.


29 October

Annual Memorial Service Gallipoli & Dardanelles International, All Saints Church. Kings Lynn -  www.gdinternational.org.uk  - www.facebook.com/gallipolianddardanellesinternational.

   

13 October

Major Commemoration of No. 346 "Guyenne" & No. 347 "Tunisie" RAF Bomber Command / Armée de l'Air at Base 106, Merignac, Bordeaux. (the base to which the two heavy bomber squadrons (RAF Elvington) returned to a liberated France in October 1945).

Formal presentation of a part of Halifax "L for Love" which was discovered at Wersten near Dusseldorf in 2019 and returned home 77 years later. (see https://afheritage.org/tha-man-who-fell-from-the-sky-l-for-love-part-i)

     

29 September 

Belgians Remember Them - tribute to RAF airmen who fell in Belgium and the Resistance involved in their rescue. Annual ceremony at the Rebecq Memorial, Walloon Brabant, Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10 a.m. HM the King represented. Details & applications: belgian.remember@gmail.com

   

16, 17, 18 September

8pm until midnight- Enfants de Paris, WWII plaques / art video installation. Le Pantheon, Paris.  In English: https://afheritage.org/children-of-paris. - en français: https://afheritage.org/enfants-de-paris-avant-que-la-memoire-ne-sefface-philippe-apeloig

         

15 September

Battle of Britain Commemoration, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. "Ravivage" - relighting of the flame of the Unknown Warrior with Mdme Geneviève Darrieussecq,  French Minister for Remembrance & Veterans; British Ambassador HE Menna Rawlings & Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey RAF.  The event was attended by representatives of other nations and was accompanied by troops and orchestra of 2nd Blindée (Armoured) Division "Lcclerc" (the French division which liberated Paris in 1944).

A following event at the British Embassy included the presentation by the British Ambassador to France of the British wartime medals to the family of former French Battle of Britain pilot Yves Biere who was KIA in 1941. (see end of: https://afheritage.org/the-battle-of-britain-80th-anniversary ) and the M.B.E. to the AFHG Director.

       
(Photos: Felix Mitchell, British Embassy, Paris)

18 June

Annual commemoration, at General De Gaulle's former wartime, Carlton Gardens, London SW1, of his BBC Radio broadcast to the people of Occupied France on 18th June 1940, fundamentally establishing the committment to fight on as Free French.  (limited due to pandemic).

   

6 June

Official Opening of British D-Day Memorial - Ver sur Mer, Normandy. https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/

     
(Photos: Normandy Memorial Trust)

 

22 to 29 January

The Night of Ideas on-line Souvenir français - www.nightofideas.co.uk/whats-on


2020

16.12.20       AFHG presentation to Members of the Ordre National de Mérite via Zoom.


09.12.20      AFHG Director addresses French Air Force officers at Ecole Militaire, Paris, on traditions and patrimone.


30.11.20 - Luc sur Mer - Trophy for local investment awarded by the President of the Calvados Region for the creation the Memorial Square and Memorial with the Hommage to the British 46e Commando. This award decided by the Mayors of Calvados is a great honour for the Maire and Luc-sur-Mer.

Click here: https://afheritage.org/luc-sur-mer-on-sword-beach-a-personal-mission

 

(Photos: Simon Horsington)

 

23.11.20        80th anniversary commemoration of Hampden Crash – Vannes 56000.

See: https://afheritage.org/hampden-crash-1940-vannes-commemoration


11.11.20          Many commemorative events were cancelled due to pandemic restrictions including the annual AFHG/GPFA events at the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London and at the RAF Club.  Smaller and restricted access events still took place at war memorials.  Here in the City of York, the unique AFHG wreath (British & French roundels combined) lays alongside those of regional and national regiments, squadrons and services.

 


19/20.09.20  Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Walk following the historic coastal route near Manston to finish with a presentation at Hawkinge. 09.00 Manston museum & airfield memorials - commence at 10.00 from Sandwich. Contact: https://freedomtrailtreks.com/


15.09.20 - Annual Battle of Britain Ceremony, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. (restricted due to pandemic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18/19.08.20    Official ceremonies of 78th anniversary of Operation Jubilee - the Dieppe Raid. Exhibitions throughout the summer Municipal Theatre, Memorial: Place Camille-Saint Saëns.


06.08.20          76th anniversary of the crash of 151 Squadron RAF, Mosquito, Jonsac 17500 (54 mls north of Bordeaux SW France. 17h45 at Jonsac Railway Station. RAFASW France.

   


18.07.20        100th anniversary Assoc. Nationale pour le Souvenir des Dardanelles et Fronts d’Orient, Paris 17.  (see: https://afheritage.org/hello-world )