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D-Day Normandy and the 74th anniversary celebrations

This year it will be the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Commemorations to remember what took place on this battlefield for 80 days…

The D-Day landings

This June 6, 1944 photo released by Nathan Kline, shows a B-26 Marauder flying toward France during the D-Day invasion. (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Nathan Kline)

©Nathan Kline, – B-26 Marauder

On June 6th 1944, the invasion of Normandy by the Allies announced the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, a decisive episode of the Second World War. The Battle of Normandy took place in the three counties of Lower-Normandy and lasted for 10 weeks. It began with the dropping of airbornes forces in the Cotentin penninsula, then landing of Allied soldiers on the beaches of Calvados and the Cotentin. The Allies chose the “Baie de Seine” for their invasion, between the east coast of the Cotentin penninsula and Ouistreham. The Baie de Seine was a strategic area, allowing Allied troops to take the harbour of Cherbourg and gain access to supplies.

158 000 men , 7856 ships, the biggest armada ever

On D-Day, on the night of 5th-6th June 1944, 158 000 men crossed the English Channel aboard 7856 ships, under the protection of 120 warships and more than 3 000 fighter and bomber aircraft. The Allies landed on several zones between Carentan, Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach.

The Americans deployed remarkable logistics using enormous material resources.
The primary objective of this operation was to reach the coast and establish a bridgehead between the Cotentin and the Orne.

The decision to attack on June 6th  1944 had been difficult for General Eisenhower to take, given the risks and forecasts of casualties. Despite the weaknesses of some American units, the Allies got past the famous “Atlantic Wall ” 24 hours after landing on the beaches.

Are you experienced ?

Discover all the sites, museums and guided tours dedicated to the D-Day landings in the Bay of Cotentin.

This year it will be the 74th anniversary of D-Day plenty of things are going to happen so check in regularly as news about the festivites will be posted.

 


 

D-Day Normandy and the summer

Omaha 1944 Exibit
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Now, every day up until November 11th 2017

A photographic exibit of places at the time on Omaha beach that were taken
and are presented on billboards

in Saint Laurent sur Mer right by the beach,
next to the memorial (a tourist kiosk is nearby).

A little booklet is handed out free
to dicover the exibit and the trail to follow
“places of D-Day on Omaha Beach”

Accesible to children for information call : 02 31 22 40 51

D-Day Normandy and the Battlefield…

Things to do in August

Under the cover of naval shell fire, American infantrymen wade ashore from their landing craft during the initial Normandy landing operations in France, June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Peter Carroll)

Under the cover of naval shell fire, American infantrymen wade ashore from their landing craft during the initial Normandy landing operations in France, June 6, 1944. (AP Photo/Peter Carroll)

August 5th to November 11th 2017
Exibit known as “Omaha 44”
Photographic exibit of pictures taken at that time period.
In different places of memory at Omaha Beach.
A little booklet will be handed out
to discover the exibit and the different trails to follow.

Kid friendly Phone : 02 31 22 40 51

D-Day Normandy and things to do

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Temporary exibit taking place in Tilly-Sur-Seulles
involving military equipment the soldiers wore in the Battle of Normandy.
Discover the equipment used by the soldiers during the Battle of Normandy
A game is suggested to kids in helping them sort out the different nationalities
and different equipment of the various units involved in the 80 day campaign.

Every weekend and bank holiday.
May 1st to October 1st
10am to 12pm  and 2pm to 6pm

Information Ph. 06 07 59 46 02
Email :  association@tilly1944.com
https://www.tilly1944.com

 

D-Day and Normandy things to do…

The History of Arromanches
Muberry Harbour

From the origins of the small fishing port to the creation of the artificial harbour
(codename : Mulberry), and the seaside architecture,
the streets of Arromanches reveal a precious destiny
Tours in French and English
Mulberry "A"

Visits at : 10h30am – 1h30pm – 3h30pm – 5h30pm (lasts : 1h30)
Tickets / Departure : from the Arromanches tourist office.

 

D-Day battlefield sites in Normandy

In the British sector of Longues-sur-Mer
German gun battery from the sky

Every day since the beginning of July and all the way through until September 1st 2017.
One of the major construction sites of the “Altantic Wall” (propaganda name), the
coast defensive German gun battery of Longues-sur-Mer
has a command post and 4 gun battery bunkers.

Overlooking cliffs faced towards the channel,
this place played a strategic important role during

the June 6th D-Day landings.
This gun battery has the original guns still inside !

Visits in French and in English

Duration 1 hour
Starts at the Longues-sur-Mer tourist office.
10:15 am – 11:45 am – 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Adults : € 5 11 to 17 : € 3 Free for kids under 10 years of age.

D-Day 73rd Anniversary Normandy celebrations

Saint Martin de VarrevilleGeneral Leclerc et General Patton

Commemoration of General Leclerc 2nd Armored Division (2nd AD) landing
on July 30th, 1944 and the 70th anniversary of his death.
10 a.m.: Commemorative ceremony, at Leclerc Monument
11 a.m.: Mass in memory of 2nd AD Veterans, at the church.
Friendship glass and banquet (with prior booking).
Organization: Townhall – 0033 233 41 4668

Normandy D-Day and the 73rd Anniversary celebrations

MONDAY JUNE 5TH

SAINTE MERE EGLISE
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9 a.m.: Memorial mass, in the church. Organization: Centre paroissial – 0033 233 41 41 18

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Exhibition of military vehicles, place Chènevière (in front of Airborne Museum)
Organization: Airborne Museum – 0033 233 41 41 35 – www.airborne-museum.org

Normandy D-Day and the 73rd Anniversary celebrations

MONDAY JUNE 5TH

Sainte Mere Eglise

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon:
Exhibition of military vehicles,
place Chennevière
(in front of Airborne Museum)

Organization: Airborne Museum
– 0033 233 41 41 35 –
www.airborne-museum.org

Noon: Normandy Day picnic with concert
on the church square.

Share a nice moment and bring your picnic!
Tables at your disposal
BBQ take-away on site.

Normandy D-Day and the 73rd Anniversary celebrations

MONDAY JUNE 5TH

Sainte Mère Eglise

All day long, above Sainte Mère Eglise, sky dive into D-Day history over Normandy
with a tandem parachute jump

Meeting at Cherbourg-Maupertus airport
to board the 5-seater plane and fly over Utah Beach
coastsbefore preparing for your jump!

Fees :
370 €/jump
135 €/ video and photos
or
105 €/ video only.

Prior booking: Tourist Office in Sainte Mère Eglise
– ot.sme@ccbdc.fr –
0033 233 21 00 33

Organization: A2parachutisme.com