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    Utah Beach

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Utah Beach was one of the least resisted landings of D-Day. It was important that the Allied troops gain as many ports as soon as they could, so as to be able to unload reinforcements and to continue the drive in to German held territory. Because of its relatively close proximity to Cherbourg, Utah Beach became an important part of the invasion.

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    D-Day Beaches

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 9, 2004

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    Beginning on June 6th, 1944, over a million soldiers stormed the beaches at Normandie. This was the beginning of the end for the Nazi war machine and the liberation of Europe and the world from Hitler's ideals. Around this vast area of invasion, now lie many monuments and memorials to those invading soldiers and the countries who they fought for. While know by different names before the war, the code names given to them during the war have stuck to this day, mainly as a tribute to the war efforts.

    Utah Beach: This was the far western flank of the invasion forces, headed by the Americans

    Sword Beach: Headed by the British

    Omaha: Middle of the attack forces, headed by the Americans

    Gold Beach: Headed by the British

    Juno Beach: This was the far eastern flank of the invasion forces, headed by the Canadians

    A Testament to the Violence

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    Get your feet wet!

    by morgane1692 Written May 31, 2003

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    Moi en la plage d'Arromanches...well, moi won't be there, but if you are in the area, do stop at Arromanches and walk around the beach at low tide. And be glad there are no bullets whizzing by your ears. At least, let's hope there are no such dangers here anymore!

    if these sands could talk...

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    Avranche

    by Segolily Written Jun 27, 2008

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    Once General Patton began his work the people of the towns he passed through remained so grateful. The first town he liberated was Avranche. The monument here was only the beginning.

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    D-Day Grave Yard Gardens

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 26, 2006

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    Solemn gardens line this massive war grave yard that is administered by both the French and the US governments and attract many visitors every day.

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    D-Day Grave Yard Statue

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 26, 2006

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    A large memorial statue is part of the Colleville cemetery. The names of the fallen are engraved into stones along side the statue and a large United States flag lines this part.

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    Merville Gun Battery Museum

    by Neit Written Mar 18, 2006

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    Built by the Germans, this Battery had the mission to repeal any attack from the sea. Now, as a museum, you can walk throgh the fields and enter inside the gun rooms.

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    Le Memorial de Caen

    by Neit Written Mar 17, 2006

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    In Caen there is a II World War Museum. It is quite interesting, but if you do not have much time problably it is better to visit the landing beaches or the historic war places.

    German field kitchen
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    Church at Bayeux

    by Roadquill Written Oct 21, 2005

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    The church is very strking and sits on the main square. Just a short walk from the Tapistry. Lots of small shops in the surrounding area.

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    Water mill in Bayeau

    by Roadquill Written Oct 21, 2005

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    Just a short walk from the Bayeux Tapistry is a quaint watermill that no longer mills. It pretty much just sits there and lets the water run around it. But it was picturesque.

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    Sword Beach

    by Roadquill Written Oct 17, 2005

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    Sword beach was where the Canadians landed and was relatively lightly defended. There are not really hills surrounding overlooking the beach and the beach is a short distance to cross.

    Sword Beach of the coast of Normandie
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    The American Cemetery at St. Laurent

    by morgane1692 Written May 31, 2003

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    Row after symetrical row of crosses and Stars of David, set across acres of perfectly kept lawn. Every one of these stones marks a life and a story. It's an overwhelming sight.

    equals then and now

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    learn something while you're here, will you?!

    by morgane1692 Written May 31, 2003

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    They say the greatest and most encompassing WWII museum is in nearby Caen. But when you cannot make it there, this Arromanches D-Day museum is a fine *runner up.*

    and you were there

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Basse-Normandie Hotels

  • Hotel Formule Verte

    Route Du Mont Saint Michel BP8, Mont-St-Michel, 50170, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel d'Argouges

    I would recommend this 3 star hotel to anyone staying in Bayeux. It is an old townhouse which has...

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  • PLUS Hotel Malherbe

    Our visit to Caen was booked through Brittany Ferries staying at the Holiday Inn; what a excellent...

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