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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, 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.

Angoville au Plain - The story of this village and its 11th century church was beautifully depicted 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 48 hours that followed the D-Day landings.  
 
Saint Marie du Mont - This small town tells its own story of the events that took place on D-Day but in an 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 Cherbourg. Although the assault wave of the 4th Infantry Division led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. landed in a different location 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 was recorded that morning at "Bloody Omaha".  
Saint Mere Eglise - Considered to be the very first town liberated on French soil by American forces during WWII, Sainte Mere Eglise witnessed some of the most unfortunate air-drops conducted on D-Day. The story of John Steele of the 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 been a pop over the past five decades since the famous movie "The Longest Day" release 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. After the dedication, the remains of more than 700 soldiers were re-interred at La Cambe after being 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.