Normandy Landing Beaches
This page in memory of our american brothers,
dead for our freedom.
Thank you for ever guys.
Thierry, owner of Parisbestlodge.com
invasion sites and beaches of the battle of Normandy
31 km northwest of Caen, 10 km
northeast of Bayeux.
Little remains to mark the furious fighting waged hereabouts after
D-Day. In the bay of Arromanches, however, some elements of the
floating harbor are still visible. Head up to the terrace alongside
Arromanches 360, high above on D65, to contemplate the seemingly
insignificant hunks of concrete that form a broken offshore semicircle
- and try to imagine the extraordinary technical feat involved in
towing them across the Channel from England.
The Musée du Débarquement, on the seafront, has
models, mock-ups, and photographs depicting Operation Overlord - The
code name for the invasion of Normandy. Five beachheads (Dubbed Utah,
Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword) were established along the coast to
either side of Arromanches. Preparations started in mid-1943, and
British shipyards worked furiously through the following winter and
spring building two artificial harbors (called mulberries), boats, and
landing equipment, the other harbor, moored off Omaha beach, was
destroyed on june 19, 1944, by a violent storm. The british and
Canadian troops that landed on Sword, Juno, and Gold on June 6, 1944,
quickly pushed inland and joined with parachute regiments previously
dropped behind German lines, before encountering fierce resistance at
Caen, which did not fall until july 9. Place du 6 juin.
: Musée de la Bataille de Normandie
At the Musée de la Bataille de Normandie of Bayeux (Battle of
Normandy Museum) detailed exhibits trace the story of the struggle from
june 7 to august 22, 1944. This modern museum near the british War
Cemetery, sunk partly beneath the level of its surrounding lawns,
contains some impressive war paraphernalia, including tanks, uniforms,
weapons, and equipment. Waxworks and a film recount the invasion. Bd.