Longues s/ Mer Battery - This site is an excellent example of a WWII German Coastal battery. Today a historic monument, the battery is considered an illustrative type of strongpoint for Hitler's Atlantic Wall in Normandy. In its bunkers one can still see three of the four original 150-mm guns which had a range of fire of miles!
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 more than a million visitors of different nationalities.
Omaha Beach - These are the traumatised sands of the D-Day landing beach that was to be remembered 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 indicate how difficult a task the assaut must have been for the first men to come ashore that morning. Learn about the German strategy, its 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!
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 be neutralized 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.