(half-day tour, Canadian sector)
JUNO BEACH (GRAYE S/ MER)
Mike was the westernmost sector of Juno Beach. Assaulted by the Royal Winnipegs on D-Day, this section of the beach was the place where many a prominent a visitor like Winston Churchill, King George VI and Charles de Gaule where to land in mid-June 1944. One of "Hobart's funnies" participating in the assault, a Churchill AVRE tank retrieved in 1976, is still guarding the beach exit created in the early hours of D-Day.
ARROMANCHES AND 'MULBERRY B'
One of two artificial harbours assembled at
Normandy after D-Day, ‘Mulberry B’ represented a masterpiece of engineering. The visible remnants of its breakwaters testify to that. Statistics show that thanks to the floating piers of the British port, 25% of the stores, 20% of the personnel and 15% of the vehicles brought to Normandy in the course of the entire campaign came through Arromanches.
LONGUES SUR MER BATTERY
This site represents one of the very few examples of German coastal battery to have preserved its original WWII guns. Typical strongpoint of the vaunted Atlantic Wall, WN 48 is today a historic monument which has been depicted in several documentaries as well as in the critically acclaimed movie 'The longest day'.
BERNIERES S/ MER AND
This is probably the most iconic landmark in the entire Canadian sector. The house stands as a reminder of the valiant actions of the Queen's Own Rifles who carried out the assault on Nan White sector. The QOR had the highest casualty rate of all the Canadian units participating in the attack. It was also at Bernieres that was to land that morning La Chaudière Regiment, the only French speaking Canadian unit at Normandy on D-Day.
The first of two Canadian cemeteries established in Normandy after the war, it is the final resting place for 2,049 men. Amongst them are most of the 359 Canadians fallen on D-Day, men who lost their lives during the battle for Caen but also some of the 156 Canadians murdered during the summer of 1944 by elements of the 12 SS Div.