D DAY USA

The landing beaches

 

America- Gold Beach Museum:

Located in Ver sur Mer, the America-Gold Beach Museum is made up of 2 spaces: America tells the story of the first airmail connection between the United States and France until its landing in Ver sur Mer. Gold Beach traces the preparation of the landing by the British secret service.

 

Longues sur Mer Batteries:

The Longues sur Mer Batteries and its 4 cannons oriented towards the sea and arranged in an arc of a circle allow us to better imagine what the Atlantic Wall could be. A 13 km walking circuit has been established from Battery de Longues to Cap Manvieux, offering a magnificent panorama of the Artificial Port of Arromanches.

The American Cemetery:

The American Cemetery of Colleville sur Mer is the American military cemetery located just above the very famous Omaha Beach nicknamed « Bloody Omaha » (located in the towns of Vierville, Saint Laurent and Colleville) where you will also find the Museum Omaha Beach Memorial, Omaha Beach Signal Monument, Overlord Museum, “Les Braves” Monument, US National Guard, 1st Infantry Division Monument and many more.

 

The Pointe du Hoc:

Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, was the scene of one of the D-Day operations and had been fortified by the Germans where heavy artillery pieces were to be found, seen by Allied aerial reconnaissance, whose range threatened the 2 neighboring beaches. These artillery pieces had been moved 1.3 km back inland by the Germans shortly before the D-Day landings. The Allies succeeded in gaining control there despite heavy losses.

 

Sainte Mère-Eglise :

Sainte-Mère-Eglise was the first French town liberated by the parachuting of American troops on June 5, 1944. Everyone remembers the image of the parachutist who remained hanging on the steeple of the church of Sainte-Mère, during the parachuting of the 82nd and 101st Airbone, on the night of June 5 to 6, 1944. In front of the town hall of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, today is the terminal 0, symbol of the starting point of the Way of Freedom , route followed by General Patton’s units from Sainte-Mère-Eglise to Bastogne (Belgium). Also worth seeing is the Airborne Troops Museum and the Douglas C47.

 

Saint Laurent sur mer Museum:

This museum is located in the American sector near Omaha Beach Square. It traces all the phases of the landing.