Les plages du Débarquement
June, 6th 1944.
Second World War.
General Eisenhower sent American Soldiers to help French people, and D-Day occurred in Normandy. About 30 000 soldiers landed in there through Utah Beach.
Now considered as one of the most important location in Normandy and even 70 years later, the area is still visited every day to learn more about this part of our common History.
Would you be part of the interested people, we would strongly suggest you to consider a full day in order to discover as much sites as possible. The main spots related to the war are the following :
– Landing Beaches : Omaha & Utah (American) and Sword, Juno & Gold (Anglo-Canadian). The coasts are still strewed with formers german artilleries as well as some bunkers and so…
– Memorial de Caen : One of the biggest Memorial of Europe will drive you back in the hearth of XXth century’s History by explaining the chronology of various events linked to The Landing as well as some testimonies and souvenirs of this painful period.
– Arromanches : this place is remembered as an historic place of landings and in particular as the place where an artificial port was installed to allow the unloading of heavy equipment without waiting for the conquest of deep water ports such as Le Havre or Cherbourg.
– American Cemetary : Above Omaha Beach, the military cimetary was inaugurated in 1956 to honors American Soldiers who died during the battle(s). This spot is one of the only place in France where you are finally not in france but in US.
– Pointe du Hoc : Located between Omaha and Utah beaches, the “Pointe” was assaulted in the morning of June 6th by Bovver Rangers of Colonel Rudder. This is one of the key points of German fortifications on the coast.
– Sainte Mère L’Eglise : This city is known mostly for being the first french community which was delivered from German forces. The Church is known for having a Parachutist stuck on one of the facades.
Kindly be informed that the area is reachable through different ways ;
1/ You can go from Paris to Caen with a train and then have a private driver on the spot.
2/ To make it easier, we would be able to reserve a private car with driver to stay at your disposal for the entire day.
Please contact us for rate information and car types.
Finally, we would be pleased to help you in hiring a guide for your daytrip, do not hesitate in contacting us would you be interested in that service.
The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.
The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 British, US, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beach. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled using specialised tanks.
The Allies failed to achieve all of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area host many visitors each year.