Omaha and more...
Of the five beaches used on D-Day, Omaha has become the most visited and arguably the most well-known. Known locally as the plage d'or, the beach stretches for some five miles in a shallow crescent, overlooked by bluffs more than 100 feet high.
You'll visit the beach itself, walk on the sand and view the terrain as seen by those who disembarked from their landing craft on D-Day. From the beach, the daunting task to which they were assigned becomes readily apparent.
The problems, the solutions, the failures and -ultimately- the successes, will all be covered during your visit.
You'll also see things from "the other side of the hill" as we visit some of the German defences, offering a different and interesting perspective.
Atop the bluffs sits the Normandy American Cemetery, where over ten and a half thousand men and women are buried or commemorated. The marble grave markers provide one of the most impressive and sobering sights in Normandy.*
Pointe du Hoc is about five miles west of Omaha Beach itself. A battery of six 15,5cm guns had been installed by the Germans with commanding fields of fire covering Omaha and Utah. Under the command of LtCol James E Rudder, men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion were tasked with scaling the 100 foot cliffs and eliminating the threat.
The small village of la Cambe is home to the largest of six German cemeteries in Normandy. The cemetery was nitially constructed for American personnel with seperate plots for Germans. The removal of the Americans after the war was followed by internments of Germans from other parts of Normandy with the cemetery now holding the remains of over 21000 people.
*If you have a relative buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, please let us know when booking your tour so we can try and make sure we can visit the grave. For most of the year, many plots are roped off due to foot traffic having an adverse effect on the grass but usually family members can visit a particular grave with an escort from the cemetery staff.