(half-day tour, U.S. sector)
LONGUES S/ MER BATTERY
This site represents one of the very few examples of German coastal batteries to have preserved its original WWII guns. Typical strongpoint of the vaunted Atlantic Wall, WN 48 is today a historic monument which has been depicted in several documentaries as well as in the critically acclaimed movie 'The longest day'.
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.
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!
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'.