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.
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