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What’s going on during the 1st week of June in Normandy?

Overlord Military Events in Normandy from June 2nd to June 6th 2018

For the first time in Normandy
sign up with Overlord Miltary Events
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Museum EventHistorical shows and militaria conventions, parades of original vehicles civilian and military.
Cars, Jeeps, trucks, and tanks
of not only allied forces but also the axis of evil.
There will be showsas well and uniques models presented for that period.
Take advantage of these special days
and events to do a combo of visiting,
seeing and experiencing what it’s like to be in Normandy,
after you can even visit the museum,
pay hommage to the men buried
at the American Military cemetery
and finish off by a walk down on the beach.

This is taking place around,
next to and in the Overlord Museum in Colleville-sur-Mer 14170.

Information and program at : www.overlordmuseum.com/en

Monuments not often visited on a tour

IMG_0578 (Copier)The 1st Engineer Batalion had the task of clearing the beaches of Normandy but there would also clear mines, re-build roads and bridges that had been destroyed by Germans or Americans.
Our engineers would build supply dumps for ammunition and fuel, field hospitals, communication tents, & prisoner of war camps. These men would also be re-building the port of Cherbourg after it was taken and secured by  Joe “Lightning” Collins.

There are many markers along the roads here in Normandy, giving you name and ranck and what regiment he was from, unfortunately they are NOT being upkept. They have the initial and last name of the soldier, his rank and what regiment he belonged to. The date when he was killed.

What’s happening in June? Let’s take a look…

In June there are many things going on
but this year most of the festivites
are going to take place over the week
end Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd 2018

Carentan Liberty MarchIn Carentan we have the “Arizona Camp” in a field as it was last year many vehicles (military and civilian), and people dressed up as they were in 1944. It’s going to take place from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd, if you’re going to be in the area please make sure to check it out as it’s always a great place to hang out at and take some of those “vintage” pictures for quality pictures to later hang up on your wall. The “Arizona” re-enactor’s camp will be in it’s seventh year, there are about a hundred vehicles expected both miltary and civilian. Friday evening there will be a DJ playing “swing” music and on Saturday evening a local band called the “Witch Doctors” playing rock and rock-a-billy style tunes. On Friday June 1st around 2:30 pm there will (still) be around 10 World War 2 veterans that you can meet and why not shake hands to thank them for their service. Get your picture taken with them while they sign you an autograph. Saturday for lunch a huge picnic will take place on the grounds where the camp will be at. On Sunday morning from Carentan there will be a vehicules parade.

The 74th D-Day Anniversary June 2018

2018 June 6th : The 74th D-Day Anniversay in Normandy will have official ceremonies in these places :
Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Carentan, Utah Beach and Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Every year historic paratroop drops, parades and military vehicles, militaria fairs and military marches as well as reconstructed US camps of the time and of course officials ceremonies take place. US_troops_SMEThis year in 2018 June 6th falls on a Wednesday so a huge chunk of the festivities will take place over the June 2nd and 3rd weekend.

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

TILLY-SUR-SEULLES
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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.