Four WWII veterans with the author, Andrew Biggio

June 3, 2022 at the Normandy Victory Museum

In June 2022, Andrew Biggio, author of “The Rifle”, had the pleasure of returning to the Normandy Victory Museum accompanied by four veterans. On this occasion, a Purple Heart was presented to one of them by a representative of the US Army.

Book cover, The Rifle Andrew Biggio

Andrew Biggio

Ex-Marine, veteran of Afghanistan, Andrew Biggio has produced a formidable collection of testimonies from veterans. For several years, he met these fighters from 39-45 with a red thread, a rifle that he had each of them sign in exchange for a testimony.

It is a work and a moving approach, where “The Rifle” becomes a transmitter of memory.

It is in the same spirit of generosity, exchanges and tribute that he comes accompanied by these four veterans.

Bob Weber-10th armored division

Bob Weber

10th Armored Division

Served in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Insigne 10th armored division
Marvin Gilmore-458 AAA Batalion

Marvin Gilmore

458 AAA Battalion

Served in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland.

Insigne 458aaa BATTALION
Robert Heurgue 82nd Airborne

Robert Heurgue

82nd Airborne

Served in Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland and Holland.

Insigne 82nd airborne
John Althuizen-7th armored division

John Althuizen

7th Armored Division

Served in Holland, the Ardennes and Rhineland.

Insigne 7th armored division

+ To go further: a report by Andrew Biggio on YouTube which relates this beautiful commemorative trip made from the United States to Normandy via Holland and Belgium to watch here.

… upcoming events

D-DAY 80 – 80th anniversary of D-Day

D-DAY 80 – 80th anniversary of D-Day

[ June 1 to 12, 2024 ] An exceptional D-Day anniversary will take place in 2024. The whole of Normandy is mobilized to pay international tribute to those who reopened the gates of freedom in Europe. The Normandy Victory Museum is preparing a rich program for visitors. It will soon be online. Sign up to receive it.

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Emmanuel Chaunu’s show

Emmanuel Chaunu’s show

Saturday 1 June 2024: Emmanuel Chaunu, press cartoonist, caricaturist and columnist on Vivement Dimanche, will be at the Normandy Victory Museum to share his vision of D-Day with the public in a humorous and original way (Show in french language).

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Screening of the documentary Little Black Devils

Screening of the documentary Little Black Devils

[ 4 June 2024 ] To mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings, volunteers from the Maple Leaf association will be showing their documentary “Little Black Devils”, a tribute to the Canadian regiment The Royal Winnipeg Rifles. -> BOOK HERE

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Push open the doors of history

Visit the Normandy Victory Museum Museum of the Battle of the Hedges. We are in Normandy, Manche dpt, France