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.
The most costly of the five beaches, our visit here will include seeing both the attacking and defending perspectives.
Looking down onto the beach from the high ground, we will see how the German defences were planned and built.
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.
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.
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.
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.