NEPTUNE A
(full-day tour, U.S. sectors)  

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9-SEATER VAN

TRANSPORT

9-SEATER VAN
(or STEP ON GUIDE)

DURATION

8 HOURS

PICK-UP / DROP OFF

BAYEUX or CAEN
(TRAIN-STATION / HOTEL)
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NORMANDY AMERICAN
CEMETERY and MEMORIAL

Situated on the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach, Colleville Cemetery is one of fourteen WWII permanent cemeteries created by the US government in the aftermath of the conflict. Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial was depicted in the critically acclaimed movie 'Saving private Ryan' and is the final resting place for over nine thousand men and women.

OMAHA BEACH

This is the place that has been described as "the best imitation of hell the American troops had to go through" during the Second World War. Revisit both the  German and the Allied plans, their strengths and weaknesses, and how the American troops managed to overcome all difficulties at "Bloody Omaha" - even when the odds seemed to be against them!

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POINTE DU HOC

The 100ft tall cliffs and dozens of deep bomb craters and shell holes indicate how difficult a task Col. James E. Rudder and 225 men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion were entrusted with on D-Day. The six guns they were ordered to take out represented - at least on paper - a serious threat to the American landings at 'Omaha' and 'Utah'.

ANGOVILLE AU PLAIN

Located at the foot of the Cotentin Peninsula, this hamlet was made famous by the two medics serving withe 2/501 PIR: Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore. The former converted the local XI century church into a makeshift aid-station. Bloodstained pews are still reminding the visitor of their selfless actions during the first 48h of the Normandy campaign as the two paratroopers attended to approximately 80 wounded from both sides. 

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SAINTE MARIE DU MONT

Long time a halt for pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostella during the Middle ages, this small Norman town was amongst the first to have been liberated by American paratroopers on D-Day. The the bullet riddled interior of Notre Dame church or the WWI monument used as backdrop for one of the most famous pictures of the campaign make of Sainte Marie du Mont a must-see for any WWII buff or 'Band of Brothers' enthusiast.

UTAH BEACH

Situated at the western end of the assault area, this sector was not included in the initial draft of the"Overlord" plan but added later in order to facilitate the taking of a deep-water port. In a twist of fate, despite a few problems which influenced the actual landings of the 4 US Div., Utah came to be remembered as the beach with the fewest D-Day casualties: 197.

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SAINTE MERE EGLISE

An American sanctuary in Normandy - this is probably the best way to describe such an iconic town, the very first to have been liberated by American paratroopers on June 6, 1944. The story of one them, John Steele (F/505 PIR, 82 Div.), depicted in the book and later the movie 'The longest day' may rank amongst the most famous of D-Day while the place itself became, by the end of that fateful summer, temporary resting place

for over 13,000 U.S. dead.  

LA CAMBE GERMAN
CEMETERY

This is the largest military cemetery of the Second World War in Normandy and one of six maintained by the German War Graves Comission in this part of France. Over 21,000 German dead are resting in some 49 grave plots created after 1954. Ironically, this site happened to be until 1947 a temporary cemetery set up in the course of the campaign by the US Army.

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