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GOLD TOUR (half-day, British)

Bayeux War Cemetery and Memorial (photo) - Considered the largest WWII Commonwealth cemetery in France, Bayeux War Cemetery contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials, 338 of them unidentified. Just opposite the cemetery stands the Memorial which bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces who died in the early stages of Overlord and have no known grave.

 

NEW! Although optional, a stop at British Normandy Memorial (dedicated in 2021) may be added to the itinerary upon request.
 
Green Howards Memorial (Crepon) - Unveiled by His Majesty Harold V, King of Norway and Colonel-in Chief of the Green Howards, the memorial commemorates the men of 6th and 7th Battalion of the Green Howards who gave their lives for freedom during the Normandy Campaign. The monument is also about CSM Stanley Hollis and his D-Day actions which earned him the highest British military distinction - Victoria Cross. As a matter of fact, he was the only man to receive this prestigious award on D-Day! 

Asnelles - The mission of taking Le Hamel ("Gold Beach" - "Jig Sector") was assigned to 231st British Infantry Brigade. The 1st Hampshires were to take the brunt of the fire coming from the 88-mm gun placed in the blockhouse located on this section of the beach. The Dorsets, landing further east, out of the range of fire coming from Le Hamel, fared slightly better. This was the strip of beach on which the 8th Armored Brigade quickly opened three beach gaps enabling later waves to have a swift drive inland.

Mulberry B (Arromanches) - This was one of two artificial harbours designed by T5 branch of the Royal Engineers. Its components had been built in England but assembled in Normandy. Set-up right in the heart of the assault area, Arromanches harbour represented a masterpiece of engineering. The numbers show how the amazing work done by the Royal Engineers allowed the Allies, during six month of intense activity, to land at Arromanches 25% of the stores, 20% of the personnel and 15% of the vehicles brought to Normandy in the course of the entire campaign.

Longues s/ Mer BatteryThis site is an excellent example of a WWII German Coastal battery. Today a historic monument, Longues is considered to be a representative strongpoint for Hitler's Atlantic Wall in Normandy. Furthermore, it is the only German battery to retain three of its four original guns 150-mm  in situ!

 

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