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New Film on Suffolk Regiment's Battles in Normandy

Survivors and veterans tell the story of the Battles of Chateau de la Londe and the Tinchebray Crossroads in New Film

Survivors and veterans tell the story of the Battles of Chateau de la Londe and the Tinchebray Crossroads in New Film

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The poster for the new documentary film The Bloodiest Square Mile

A new documentary film which tells the story of two of the battles that the Suffolk Regiment fought in Normandy has been released in time for the 80th anniversary of D Day. Told by survivors and veterans of the Suffolk Regiment, The Bloodiest Square Mile, brings their fight in Normandy to life.

The first the bloody battle for Chateau de La Londe in late June 1944 when the Regiment successfully attacked a heavily defended Chateau unsupported by tanks, with similar casualties to some of the worst battles in the First World War.

The second to dislodge a fanatical German Parachute Regiment, who were fighting desperately to cover the German retreat, from the area of the Tinchebray crossroads during the Allied breakout in early August.and recounts the tale of two fierce battles at Chateau de la Londe and at the Tinchebray crossroads.

This film was made by producer and presenter Angus Robertson and Graeme Hodges with the help of Lt Colonel Tony Slater OBE (a former Army officer in the regiment) and Brigadier Tony Calder OBE DL.

The film is dedicated to Major Ken Mayhew, who died in 2021 at the age of 104, and Private Ken Wright who appear in the film, their families and friends and all those brave men of the Suffolks who gave their lives to overthrow the Nazi tyranny and secure peace in Europe.

You can watch The Bloodiest Square Mile on the film's website.

Visit The Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury St Edmunds

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The Suffolk Regiment Museum is preparing to reopen its doors to visitors after an eight-month long refurbishment.

The museum houses the collection of the Suffolk Regiment which includes a wealth of personal items and information on individuals who served in the Regiment.

Volunteers at the Museum at Gibraltar Barracks, in Newmarket Road, have been working tirelessly to refurbish the museum in order to reopen on Wednesday 3rd July, with an official reopening event on Sunday 4th August at their annual Minden Day celebrations.

The Museum will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week plus the first Sunday of each month. Opening hours will be 0930-1530.

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