Here is where a group of Army Rangers scaled the cliffs and met heavy German resistance. The Americans defeated the Germans here, but not without suffering very heavy casualties.You can walk through bunkers and underground shelters used by the Germans. There's still a lot of barbed wire around which gives this place a very authentic feel, even...more
This museum follows the history of the American involvement in Normandy after the landings of 6 June 1944.There are weapons, uniforms, photographs, and heavy equipment on display. I learned more from visiting this museum than I have from all the books I've read on WWII and D-Day.Admission fee is about 5,50 euros.more
This is a very intense experience although in the end, we found it very peaceful. I think one should visit if for no other reason than to remain aware of the cost of war. There were older women there and you could easily imagine they were visiting the grave of their long lost love. There were people there looking for graves of fathers, brothers or...more
Assault time 06:30“Bloody Omaha” is the how it is described. Most thing went wrong on this beach. The weather was atrocious and so when the twenty nine DD Tanks were launched only two of them reached the beach. Therefore as the leading landing craft approached the shore they were on their own and suffered heavy casualties. Despite this after many...more
Before the colonnade is a pool with paths along its edges and lateral to that on each side two rows of tall trees. These lead to two areas, each flying an American flag, heading masses of regular rows of Carrera marble grave markers. The markers are mostly Christian crosses with an occasional Star of David. (I did not find a crescent or other...more
The American Military Cemetery is headed by a memorial. The entire site was ceded by the French to the US as territory for this purpose. The memorial is a colonnade which faces the burial grounds. The complex lies parallel to the beach to the north. The colonnade is plain with rectangular columns and a loggia at each end. Across the curving beam...more
1. Rising up in the middle of two tempelshaped buildings is a magnificent statue. It's called "The Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves".2. Behind the monumental tempels is a long cresent shaped wall, full of names. Those are all the soldiers missed in action. 1.557, to be exact, that were never found and who's bodies obviousuly were...more
In the tempels at the head of the cemetry, large images on the wall explain in detail the battle for the Normandy coastline in general and the fighting on Omaha Beach in particular. Towards the sea, where stairs lead down to the beach itselves, another placque tells it's tragic story. Omaha beach was the most difficult place to get ashore. The...more
The largest of the cemetries along the Normandy coast is situated just above the beaches of Omaha beach. Now-a-days the beaches officialy bare the code names they were given in Operation Overlord, better known as D-day or the Landings in Normandy. Omaha beach had the toughest job to do and by far the most casulaties fell here under the American...more
1, rue de Colleville, Colleville-sur-Mer, 14710, France
Good for: Couples
My experience of this hotel-restaurant is a bad one. We were four non-French speaking tourists and stopped here for a quick bite after visiting the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Rather than being allowed to sit in the restaurant we were showed a table in a lounge next to it. The women in charge made us feel very unwelcome. The menu was overpriced and the service was slow. We were not given right number of cutlery (ended up sharing the forks and spoons or eating the quiche with our hands), the tea tasted disgusting (none of us could drink it). The waitress dissappeared after serving us only to return much later with the bill, and as she did not speak english, she didn't understand our complains. I could not help hearing the American family in the table next to ours making loud remarks about the high prices of the coca-cola (4 EUR / glass).
Avoid this place if you can.
Born and raised in a city that too was extremely damaged by the war and place of a tragic event (Maret Garden, Battle of Arnhem, a Bridge too far), I always am very involved in places that shared this tragedy. With my relatively international familyname, I made it a tradition to seek out "family comrads" on commemoration sites or cemetries. After finding them, I pay my respects personally to them and place flowers or something special (a poem, a lettre, a flag or a poppy) on their grave.
Favorite thing: If you visit the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, you will notice the big stars and stripes flag that overlooks the dead soldiers. That flag doesn't have the aim to remind you that the buried soldiers were Americans who died for Europe; instead, it is a real territorial mark, because the area of the American cemetery is a territory of the United States of America. If you look at this map, you will see that the area between Colleville-sur-Mer and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is delimited and marked as USA.