Quaint Sainte-Mère-Eglise became involved in one of the greatest exploits in military history in the night of 5 to 6 June 1944, as D-Day began. American parachutists were being dropped all around the area, and in the village itself.
The German battery at nearby Azeville, the airborne museum, a major war museum in the village, and the copy of John Steele and his parachute stuck on the church tower are all a must during your stay. Enjoy the delights of the rural Cotentin peninsula landscapes and seascapes close by. Nature here remains largely un-spoilt.
Utah Beach stretches from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont as far as Quinéville, along about 5 km; the main assault zone was centered on Varreville. This was the first of the two zones selected for the American landings. Utah beach museum is a must see attraction with historical DDay sites of Brecourt manor, Angoville au Plain, Carentan and Sainte Come du Mont, home of the DDay Experience attraction at Dead man’s corner all within easy reach of Utah Beach
Located between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc is one of the key heritage sites along the D-Day Landing beaches in Normandy.
Pointe du Hoc, a strategic element of the Atlantic Wall, was stormed by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers on the morning of the 6th of June 1944 – D-Day. it proved to be one of the toughest battles to be fought during the Normandy Landings..
The scars of the battle can still be seen to this very day. During your visit, you will discover an artillery battery, complete with its firing command post, casemates, shelters
Omaha Beach is one of the two American landing areas in Normandy. 5.9 kilometers long, this beach is 12 kilometers east of Utah Beach. Today, the beach is dotted with the remains of German bunkers. On the shore, the stainless-steel sculpture Les Braves commemorates American soldiers. Behind the beach is the Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach, also documenting the invasion. Nearby, the Overlord Museum displays WWII tanks, artillery and dioramas. A must do, is a visit to the American war cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer
Gold Beach, was the codename for one of the two of the British invasion beaches of German-occupied Normandy. Gold, the central of the five areas, was located between Port-en-Bessin on the west and La Rivière on the east. Here you will see the famous remains of the Mulberry harbours in the beautiful seaside town of Arromanche. Port Bessin is a beautiful and picturesque stop off during your visit for morning coffee by the harbour.
Juno Beach was Canadian invasion beach of German-occupied Normandy The beach spanned from Courseulles, a village just east of the British beach Gold, to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, just west of the British beach Sword. The Juno visitor centre and the 360 ° cinema are a great attraction to see during your visit.
Sword Beach is one of two British landing beaches for the invasion of Normandy. The area of Sword, east of Juno Beach, is located between the localities of Langrune-sur-Mer and Ouistreham. This is an ideal location to visit the famous Pegasus Bridge and its museum as well as Merville Battery or the historic and medieval city of Caen.
D-Day Battle Tours
A company we highly recommend is D-Day Battle Tours. They offer a unique WW2 Normandy battlefield tour from Omaha beach to St Mere Eglise and all the WW2 landing beaches