On the 6th of June 1944, the Normandy coastline witnessed the most ambitious operation in modern military history, Operation NEPTUNE, the Allied landings. Thousands of men under the command of General Eisenhower were going to try everything to save Europe from Nazi tyranny.
I will accompany you to the major sites of this landing to better understand and reflect.
During this day, we will discuss the parachute drops of the 82nd and 101st American Airborne Divisions on the Cotentin Peninsula as well as the landings at Utah and Omaha beach together with the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. The day ends at the American military cemetery of Colleville sur mer. It is also possible to stop at the German cemetery of La Cambe at the beginning of the day.
The parachute drops of the 82nd and 101st American Airborne Divisions on the Cotentin Peninsula.
The landing of the 4th American Infantry Division.
The pointe du Hoc
The assault of the American Rangers on the German battery.
The difficult start of the 1st and 29th American divisions.
A time of remembrance.
We will start with the attack on Pegasus Bridge by the 6th Royal Airborne gliders and the parachute drops further east. We continue to Sword Beach where 177 French soldiers accompanied thousands of British troops on the morning of the 6th of June and stop at Gold Beach to understand the creation of the artificial harbour at Arromanches. The day ends at the German battery at Longues sur mer.
The attack on Pegasus Bridge by men of the British 6th Airborne Division in gliders and a parachute drop to the east.
Visit to Ranville Commonwealth Cemetery.
The landing of the British 3rd Division and the 177 French of the Kieffer commando.
The landing of the 50th British Division and the creation of the artificial harbour.
Visit of the German battery of Longues-sur-mer.
We will follow the 3rd Canadian Division from Juno Beach on its rapid advance to its main objective, Carpiquet airfield. We will pass through many of the villages liberated during the day on 6 June. We will visit the Canadian garden at Ardenne Abbey before continuing on to Caen. The day ends south of the city to present the continuation of the operations.
À remplacer par The landing of the 3rd Canadian Division. It is also possible to visit the Juno Beach Center.
In the steps of the 3rd Division
Drive through several villages contested by the Canadian forces (Saint-Contest, Buron, Authie...) and a stop at Hell's Corner.
The Ardenne Abbey
Remembrance at the Canadian memorial garden.
The airport of Carpiquet
The final objective of the Canadians on D-Day.
Crossing the city of Caen to the south to prepare for the next stage of operations.