Omaha sector


Omaha Beach

Of the five invasion beaches used on D-Day, “Bloody Omaha” has become emblematic of the sacrifice and courage shown on D-Day. The predominantly American forces landing along these four and a half miles or so of beach faced stiff opposition from the German defenders.

 

OMAHA BEACH

Inside an LCVP

The most costly of the five beaches, our visit here will include seeing both the attacking and defending perspectives.

LCT 207From the sand, the daunting appearance of the bluffs overlooking the beach, spotted with the remains of German defences, is still both impressive and imposing.

Looking down onto the beach from the high ground, we will see how the German defences were planned and built.

 

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY

Normandy American Cemetery

The final resting place of 9387 American service personnel, most of whom died during the Battle of Normandy. The site, overlooking Omaha Beach, is one of the most visited in Normandy. We will talk about some of the people buried here, some well known, others less so.

 

POINTE DU HOCPointe du Hoc

Visually, one of the most dramatic landscapes concerning the D-Day landings. From the cratered landscape, to the sheer 100ft cliffs. No less dramatic are the stories of those who fought here. We will examine the German bunkers, and talk about the men who took part in one of the most ambitious small unit actions on D-Day.

15,5cm gun at Pointe du Hoc

 

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LA CAMBE GERMAN CEMETERY

The largest of the six German military cemeteries in Normandy, la Cambe, formerly a US cemetery, now holds the remains of over 21,000 who served in the German armed forces. The contrast with the US cemetery is striking.

 

EXTRA STOPS

Normandy is covered with small monuments, memorials and the like, to individuals, units large and small, various actions and events. Time permitting, we will fit in a few extra stops, some marked, others not.