For anyone interested in WW2 History the recently uncovered site at Maisy, part of Grandcamp-Maisy, will be of particular interest.
Buried and hidden for over 60 years but now being excavated and opened to the public it casts another light on the historic events of 6th June and the days that followed.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and enterprise of Gary Sterne, an amateur historian of WW2 who first discovered the site, the first part of the site is now open to the public.
We made a return visit in October 2009 to find further excavations have been completed and historical finds unearthed. Please note the site closes on November 1st - reopens Eater.
This is the site of a German Artillery battery that was the strategic target on D-Day for the U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion.
It is perched out on a cliff top and so the rangers had to scale the 100 ft cliffs with ropes and ladders.
Pointe du Hoc is situated between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, and so the guns that were thought to be there threatened Allied landings on both beaches, risking heavy casualties in the landing forces.
The guns had actually been moved to a site which was just opened in 2007, Musee de la Batterie de Maisy.
The site itself is huge but can become very busy with the arrival of coach loads of tourists. Obviously it is one of the main stops for Americans.
There is a memorial there but this is now fenced off and so is difficult to get close to.
Certainly this is a place you must visit on your D-Day tour but you should also make sure you visit the Musee de la Batterie de Maisy, which is where the actual guns that were firing on the beaches were situated.
This is the huge secret German artillery battery which was completely camouflaged and hidden in the French countryside and has just been restored, literally by hand.
This is where the US 5th Rangers had a five hour battle with the German forces on 9th June 1944 to stop the site firing at the invasion.
The place has been hidden for the last 60 years and it is only by some great detective work it English owners that the place is being finally restored.
As the site is relatively new, it is quieter than some of the other sights and therefore you get a greater feel of what the place might have been like in June 1944. We had a chat with one of the owners and she told me that during the excavations of the site they did actually find the remains of a German soldier who had lost his foot. He still had his dog tags on and so the remains have been sent for repatriation.
This place is well worth a visit as it reveals its history the more they dig.