Normandy Heritage

Normandy Heritage

Introduction From the reign of William the Conqueror through to D-Day, Normandy’s heritage and history have been turbulent. These historic events have left a rich heritage of cathedrals, abbeys, castles, museums, historic buildings, churches, chapels, manor houses, war sites, cemeteries and memorials.  Many of the cathedrals, abbeys and castles were built in the 11th and…

Omaha Beach
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Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France on D-Day. The beach is approximately 5 miles long (8 km) and stretches from Vierville-sur-Mer to Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes. The villages of Colleville-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer are where the majority of the Omaha Beach sites are. La Pointe…

Sword Beach

Sword Beach

Sword Beach is the most easterly of the D-Day beaches stretching west from Caen’s ferry port of Ouistreham. The original D-Day plan was not intended to extend this far east and was due to end at Courseulles-sur-Mer. However, the British and American military commanders, Montgomery and Eisenhower, insisted on the front going east as far…