About Us

Fallen Heroes of Normandy Archive

This project was formally established and launched in 2009 by military historian Carl Shilleto, and his wife Irena Zientek (who holds a Master of Arts degree from her dissertation work on Second World War poets).

 

This online archive and website is the result of over ten years of preliminary research work. During this period, time has been spent collating information about the fallen and photographing the Commonwealth, American, Polish, French and German war cemeteries, communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves in Normandy, France.

 

During his 20 year career as a writer, researcher and battlefield guide, Carl has accompanied and assisted hundreds of families and veterans around the battlefields of Normandy, so that they may pay their respects to their fallen relatives or comrades.

 

Particularly moved by the faded newspaper clippings and photographs these people often carried in memory to their loved ones or dear friends, Carl considered the possibility that in the next few years, the identity of the people in these images could fade from living memory. If that were to happen, it would be a great loss that would deny future generations the emotive experience of remembering the fallen in visual form.

 

Carl began collating photographs of the fallen in 1998 with the intention of preserving the identity of those men for posterity. The result today, is the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Archive.

 

The aim of the project is to compile a free-to-access online database archive detailing records, photographs and information about those individuals, of all nationalities, who died, or were fatally wounded, in Normandy, France, during the Second World War.

 

In this online archive, developed over 6 years with software engineer, and database developer, James Knowles, each of the fallen has their own memorial page where researchers, friends and familiy will be invited to add information, documents and photographs relating to each individual.

 

Each memorial and cemetery page also allows visitors to place their own words or message in a Book of Remembrance.

 

In addition to providing a lasting memorial page for all those who were killed, died of wounds, or are commemorated, on the Normandy battlefields, the project's aim is to write, publish and distribute free information leaflets and packs for museums, schools and teachers. It is also intended that such information will be translated into several languages and be available in all those counties who have fallen buried in the Normandy battlefields.

 

How the Archive is Funded

The Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive and website is a free to access, and free to use, online memorial, resource and archive for all.

 

Unfortunately, the project is not free to run, maintain and develop. Further details and information about funding can be found here.

 

We therefore appeal to anyone who has found the Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive and website useful, and those who consider the aims of the project worthwhile, to consider making a donation. However small your contrbution, it will help maintain the website, its running costs and development of both the archive and its educational publications. Further details of How to Donate can be found here.

 

 

Donations can be made via paypal here:

No PayPal account is needed to make a donation

 

 

Sponsored Runs and Marathons

Two Runners, Stef Durkin, from the Knavesmire Harriers, and Wendy have, and continue to, run a series of marathons, half-marathons and other running events to help raise awareness and funds for the Fallen Heores of Normandy project.

 

Details of those races and events can be found on our Sponsored Runs and Marathons page here.

 

 

Donations can be made via paypal here:

No PayPal account is needed to make a donation

 

 

 

Thank you for your support

Carl Shilleto and Irena Zientek

Fallen Heroes of Normandy co-founders
project co-ordinator and administrator

 

 

Other related online rescources connected to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Archive are:

 

Fallen Heroes of Normandy Twitter Page

Twitter page for Fallen Heroes of Normandy to post information and links relating to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy website and blogs.

 

Fallen Heroes of Normandy Facebook Page

Facebook page for Fallen Heroes of Normandy to post information and links relating to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy website and blogs.

 

 

Fallen Heroes of Normandy Pintrest page

Pinterest boards for Fallen Heroes of Normandy to post information and links to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy website and blogs.

 

Fallen Heroes of Normandy blog/forum for website

Blog and forum for the Fallen Heroes of Normandy to post or access information, on memorial pages for those who served in Normandy during the Second World War. The blog also provides additional information relating to Normandy veterans and the fallen:

 

Normandy Veteran Obituaries: Last Post Memorial Pages

An online memorial of links to Normandy Veteran Obituaries dedicated to those Normandy veterans, of all nationalities, who have died after the fighting had ended in Normandy in 1944. Names, ages, unit information and date of when they died is posted and their entry provides a link to any online obituary that is posted elsewhere in the internet. Links to additional information about the person or their unit, may also be provided.

 

Animals at War in Normandy Information Cards

An online memorial to Animals at War in Normandy dedicated to all the animals that took part in operations in Normandy during the Second World War. The Animals at War in Normandy Series Cards have been provided here, for schools and museums to freely download and used.

 

Fallen Heroes of Normandy Fact Sheets

These are a series of Normandy Fact Sheets produced to provide interesting facts and figure about information collated on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy Archive and database. They are produced for use by schools, museums and other educational establishments.

 

D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides blog/forum for website

Blog and forum for D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides to provide a place for all people to access, and post, information relating to the Normandy battlefields and veterans.

 

D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides Facebook Page

Facebook page for D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides to post information and links relating to the D-Day and Normandy Battlefield Guides.

 

Normandy Veteran Articles Archive

An archive of online Veteran articles providing links to news stories and published articles relating to Normandy Veterans or the Normandy battlefields.

 

Normandy Guide Profiles

Information and a profile pages about Normandy battlefield guides, their specialities, where they work and their contact details.

 

Normandy Museum Information

An online resource providing Normandy museum information and contact details for the many museums that are in Normandy, France. A basic contact information page for all military museums, by country and region, is also available on the Fallen Heroes of Normandy website.

 

Normandy Tourist Information

Contact details for Normandy Tourist Information Offices and their online resources are available on this page.

 

 

 

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