ARHEAD TOURS

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NEPTUNE "A" TOUR (full-day, U.S.)

Longues s/ Mer Battery - This 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!


Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial  - Situated on the bluffs overlooking "Omaha Beach" (photo), Colleville Cemetery is one of fourteen WWII cemeteries created by the US government after the end of the conflict. Final resting place for more than nine thousand men and women,  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was depicted in the critically acclaimed movie "Saving Private Ryan" and welcomes each year over a million visitors of different nationalities.  


Omaha Beach - This is the place that came to be known as "the best imitation of hell the American troops had to go through" during the Second World War. The German bunkers remind the visitor how the former turned the beach into a killing zone whereas the 300-yards of open sand unveiled by the sea at low tide give a hint about how difficult a proposition this proved to be for the first men to come ashore that fateful morning. Learn about the  German strategy, its strengths and weaknesses, and how the American troops managed to overcome all difficulties at "Bloody Omaha". Right when the odds seemed to be against them!


Pointe du Hoc - Considered by the Allies a key objective, the German stronghold of Pointe du Hoc posed, on paper, a serious threat to the success of the Allied landings on "Omaha" and "Utah" beaches. Hence the need to be neutralised in the early moments of the invasion. On D-Day, the 100ft tall cliffs and the promontory itself witnessed a unique display of courage from Col. James E. Rudder and his men: D, E and F companies of the 2nd Ranger Battalion.

Angoville au Plain - The story of this village and its 11th century church was beautifully touched upon in the famous mini-series "The Band of Brothers". It is all about the courage and competence of two medics: Bob Wright and Kenny Moore, members of 501st PIR, 101st Airborne Div., who provided first aid to both American and German wounded. They were to save the lives of 80 people in the course of the first 48 hours of the Normandy campaign.
 
Saint Marie du Mont - This small town tells its own story of the events that took place on D-Day in a simple and interactive way: written on boards affixed in different places across Saint Marie du Mont. You will be able to see the manor where Marshall Rommel stayed on a few occasions as well as the bell-tower that served as observation post for both German and US commanders.
 
Utah Beach - Situated at the western end of the assault area, this sector was not included in the initial "Overlord" plan but added later for a rapid advance on to Cherbourg. Although the assault wave of the 4th Infantry Division led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. landed in a different location than planned, the number of casualties was kept to a minimum. The account as well as the features of the terrain are in total contrast to what US forces had to go through that same morning at "Bloody Omaha".  
Saint Mere Eglise - Considered to be the very first town lon French soil liberated by American forces during WWII, Sainte Mere Eglise witnessed some of the most unfortunate air-drops undertaken on D-Day. The story of John Steele (505 PIR, 82nd Airborne Div.) whose parachute got caught up on the steeple of the church (photo 2), became iconic for the American D-Day operations. The town has enjoyed a lot of popularity since the release of the famous movie "The Longest Day" in the 1960s.

La Cambe German War Cemetery (optional) - Until 1947 this was the site of a US temporary cemetery. In 1961 La Cambe became, officially, a German War Cemetery. Even after the dedication, the remains of more than 700 soldiers were re-interred at La Cambe after having been discovered in the fields of Normandy. Nowadays, La Cambe is considered the largest military cemetery in Normandy and final resting place for over 21 000 German soldiers.
 

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