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…

Juno Beach
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Juno Beach

Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings. The landings took place on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War. The beach covered the area from Courseulles, Bernières and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. Juno is located between the British beaches of Gold and Sword. The landings at…

Gold Beach
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Gold Beach

Gold Beach stretches east from the port of Arromanches and includes the villages of Asnelles and Ver-sur-Mer. Action in Arromanches was deliberately avoided on D-Day. This meant it could be kept clear for the floating pre-fabricated Mulberry Harbour that was put in place after the invasion. Aerial and naval bombardments before the troops landed had…

D-Day Landing Beaches

D-Day Landing Beaches

Introduction D-Day took place on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 and was the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. Today, the D-Day landing beaches are a key visitor attraction for those wanting to pay their respects. The events were the start of the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control. They laid the foundations…