D—Day         6th June 1944

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Part of Hitler’s formidable Atlantic Wall Defences at Longues sur Mer still retaining its powerful artillery and massive walls.

The simple but haunting German cemetery at La Cambe near Omaha Beach, where 20,000 Germans are buried—each cross signifying two lives.

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge—scene of the initial airborne landing by British Paratroops and fierce fighting in the first few hours of D Day. The paratroops succeeded in securing this vital bridge and defending it against fierce counter attacks.

Gold Beach 1st January 2008

 

Today in complete contrast the beaches are  now peaceful. Gold Beach at Arromanches is one of two beaches landed on by the British on D Day. The other being further East—Sword Beach.

Canadian—Juno Beach             American—Utah and Omaha

Bull Bridge Le Beny Bocage

The plaque on the famous ’Bull Bridge’ near Le Beny Bocage. Scene of the breakthrough by the British in Operation ‘Bluecoat’. It was a turning point in the Battle of the ‘Bocage’ that had delayed the Allied advance for so long.

The peaceful  British Cemetery near Le Beny Bocage. The resting place of approximately 800 Commonwealth Servicemen.

D Day Beaches

Sword Beach 6th June 1944

 

There were terrible scenes of death, destruction, carnage and also incredible heroism on that morning in June 1944. Allied troops waded ashore to face an intense barrage of fire from the defending German Forces.

At the end of that day approx 120,000 Allied Troops had landed on the five beaches.

Almost exactly 4 years to the day since the Evacuation at Dunkirk, Allied forces landed in Normandy to commence the liberation of France. Visit the D Day Landing Beaches of Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold and Juno. It was the scene of the largest amphibious landing in history.

St Charles de Percy Le Beny Bocage

La Terričrre

Sword BeachLa CambeSword Beach 1944

The American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer— just above Omaha Beach where many young American Servicemen fell on the 6th of June 1944.

Omaha Beach

Peaceful Omaha Beach 2008

Omaha was the beach on which the heaviest Allied casualties on D Day were sustained. (modern day estimates over 5,000 American soldiers were killed or wounded)

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‘Two kinds of people are staying on this beach, the dead and those who are going to die. Now lets get the hell out of here’  

Colonel Taylor on D Day at Omaha Beach addressing American troops as they were trapped taking massive  casualties.

The war will be won or lost on the beaches. We’ll have one chance to stop the enemy and that’s when he’s in the water, struggling to get ashore. The first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive ..for the Allies, as well as Germany, it will be   the longest day’        

Field Marshall Rommel

2nd April 1944

We are asking rather a lot if we expect Russians to fight in France for Germany against the Americans’

A quote by a German Officer on the ‘Ost Battalion’ troops defending Juno Beach.

( they did—causing heavy casualties to the first wave of Canadians )

Longues sur Mer

On the 2nd of October 1940 as Mainland Europe was under Nazi control and Britain stood alone , Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared.

 ‘Remember we shall never stop, never weary and never give in, and that our whole people and Empire have vowed themselves to the task of cleansing Europe of the Nazi pestilence and saving the world from the new Dark Ages …. Good night then; sleep to gather strength for the morning. For the morning will come’

0016 hrs June the 6th 1944 was the start of that morning

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