D-Day Normandy France ~ Normandy in France ~
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Normandy in France offers a superb holiday experience.
The famous D-Day landing beaches in Normandy were operational on
the eve of 5th to 6th June when three airborne divisions were dropped.
Meanwhile approaching by sea towards the 5 landing beaches were 135,000
men and around 20,000 vehicles. The rest is history.
After spending many weeks touring this
location here are some excellent places to visit. Listing of main points
from Cherbourg East through to Le Havre.
Image source: Brittany Ferries presents the D-Day guide.
OBJECT—The ultimate mission of the
Commanding General, ETOUSA, is the total defeat of Germany. The object of
Operation OVERLORD is to mount and carry out an operation with forces and
equipment established in the United Kingdom and with target date as
designated, to secure a lodgement area on the Continent from which further
offensive operations can be developed. This will be part of a concerted
assault upon German occupied Europe from the United Kingdom, the
Mediterranean and Russia
"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen
of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great
Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of
liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave
Allies and brothers in arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the
destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny
over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is
well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened
since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon
the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive
has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage
war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming
superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal
great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men
of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage and
devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than
full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God
upon this great and noble undertaking.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Order of the Day
June 6, 1944"
|FORT ROULE - WAR AND LIBERATION MUSEUM
- Perched high above Cherbourg.
|Ste MARIE - INVASION & LIBERATION
- Museum at Utah Beach exhibiting a model of the W5
Utah Beach situation, archive photographs, original military maps,
archive film (12 mins).
|The 4th US Military landed here from 06.30
onwards, by midday the beach was completely cleared.
- AMERICAN MEMORIAL - The World War II Utah Beach
American Memorial is located at the termination of Highway N-13D,
approximately a mile and a half northeast of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche),
France. This monument commemorates the achievements of the American
Forces of the VII Corps who landed and fought in the liberation of the
Cotentin Peninsula from June 6, 1944 to July 1, 1944.
- WAR MUSEUMS - St Mere Eglise, St Marle du Mont.
|GRANDECAMP - POINTE DU HOC
|The World War II Pointe du Hoc Ranger
Monument is located on a cliff eight miles west of Normandy American
Cemetery and Memorial, which overlooks Omaha Beach. It was erected
by the French to honor elements of the American Second Ranger Battalion
under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James E. Rudder. During the
American assault of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, these elements scaled the
100 foot cliff and seized the German artillery pieces that could have
fired on the American landing troops at Omaha Beach. At a high cost
of life, they successfully defended against determined German
Taken by storm on the morning of 6 June
by Colonel Rudder's 2nd Ranger Battalion, this was also one of the strong
points of the German fortifications. The place reminds us of what a German
battery was like, with its range-finding post, its casemates and
- OMAHA MUSEUM - Just 200m behind Omaha
Beach, this museum presents each phase of the US sector, from the
occupation up to D-Day. Exhibition of weapons, uniforms, military
vehicles, 155mm gun, landing barge, Sherman tank. Panels on different
- AMERICAN CEMETERY - This 70-hectare
cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach. It contains 9387 white crosses in
Carrare marble in perfect rows. The cemetery also has a chapel and a
memorial dedicated to the youth of America.
||Host of the Bayeux Tapestry and also guardian
of the British World War II cemetery Bayeux offers an opportunity for you
to take time and remember those we lost during these war years.
- Museum - Memorial of the Battle of Normandie.
Boulevard Fabian Ware. Recounting the Battle of
Normandy from 7 June to 22 August 1944 through 2300m2 of exhibitions
and film show in a 144-seat auditorium.
- Museum - Memorial of General De Gaulle
- BRITISH WAR GRAVES
||View the beaches from the German artillery
position. This is the only battery to have kept it's guns and
emplacements. Originally comprising 4 casemates,
shelters, guns and a range-finding post, this German battery is one of the
few remnants of the Atlantic Wall to have survived intact. Built
overlooking the D-Day beaches, its defensive contribution was brief
indeed, as the Allied forces neutralized it on the afternoon of 6 June.
- MUSEUM - Musee Debarquement - A
history museum that recounts the construction and operation of the
artificial harbour built at Arromanches after D-Day and which was the
key to the success of the Battle of Normandy
- 360` cinema
||Gold" was the code name for the centre
beach of the five designated landing areas of the Normandy Invasion. The
beach was more than 5 miles (8 kilometres) wide and included the coastal
towns of La Riviere and Le Hamel. On the western end of the beach was the
small port of Arromanches, and slightly
farther west of that port was the town of Longues-sur-Mer.
The British 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry
Division of the 2nd Army under Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey was to
land at H-Hour+1 (0730), seize Arromanches and drive inland to capture the
road junction at Bayeux. Its additional objectives were to make
contact with the US forces to the west at Omaha Beach and the Canadians to
their east at Juno Beach. In addition to the 50th, the 47th Royal
Marine Commandos were to land on sector Item and to attack south of
Arromanches and Longues and take Port-en-Bessin from the rear.
|CABOURG - ATLANTIC WALL MUSEUM