D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

Normandy played an enormous part in the Allied Victory in World War 2 and this is a great venue to experience it all. We offer a more detailed description of the self-tours in this section to help you decide on the sorts of places you'd like to visit while using Domaine de la Hamberie as a base. 

The Memorial Peace Museum in Caen is amongst the most well conceived and intelligent of all museums.  In addition to evoking the horrors of the D-Day landings it also seeks to educate each new generation of the causes and  results of war. It takes a whole day to see it all, and is well worth it for anyone, not just historical enthusiasts - this is a link to a video of the venue. Entrance is free for War Veterans, War Widows, and accompanied children under 10 years old. There is also a free app available for you to prepare for your visit.

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1:  Web links & videos

2:  Suggested Self-Tour

3:  Map of venues

1: Web links & videos relating to Falaise and the Battle of Normandy

Photo's now and then : Interactive photo's of scenes from 1944.

Photo's now and then : Interactive photo's of scenes from 1944.

Virtual recreation of D-Day landings harbours

70th Anniversary of D-Day: In Normandy, the Echoes Are Still Strong

Army Padre who tended to wounded British troops as they fought their way out from the Normandy beachhead on D-day

A run-down of the best apps for commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy

Official Calendar of events for 70th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

Fantastic App - free to download - allows you to experience the site where the U.S. Army Rangers scaled the 100 feet cliffs of Pointe du Hoc.

Who put secret D-Day clues in the 'Telegraph’ crossword?

History repeats itself – relive D-Day in Normandy

Last D-Day light bomber pilot Leslie Valentine dies

War history springs to life in splendid Normandy

Survivors of the 1944 D-Day Landings return to their finest hours

Ceremonies, special events along the Normandy coast to mark D-Day’s 70th anniversary

D-Day Overlord website has a calendar of events throughout the year

A D-Day travel guide from the Telegraph suggests the best way to visit the key venues.

The BBC D-Day broadcast will be lead by Chris Evans on Radio 2

Latest News on D-Day70

Memorial Centre for History and Peace Schools Groups Brochure for 2014

The Ministry of Defence webpage for D-Day 70

D-Day 70th Anniversary Travel tips for Normandy visitors

Juno Beach Centre launches tribute campaign.

Vernon Coaker campaigns for London tribute for 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Andrew Sanger has this guide to cycling the D-Day Beaches of Normandy.

Juno Beach is having rehabilitation work done on the German Command Post Bunker.

10 Days to D-Day profiles 10 ordinary people in the run up to D-Day

Amazing obituary of Major General Logan Scott.  - well worth a read.

France to host US WW2 Veterans on Normandy Beaches.

President Obama confirms his visit to Normandy for 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Tombstones are repaired and replaced by the thousands in preparation for WW1 Centenary and 70th Anniversary of D-Day landings.

Normandy Veterans prepare for last act of remembrance.

The Ministry of Defence publishes it's involvement in the 70th Anniversary celebrations.

Trips by Lance - Independent travel experience covers the American D-Day beaches

D-Day Normandy 1944 - a video to be screened on giant  3D screens soon

Warplane to return to Normandy for D-Day celebrations.

In Arromanches, the Mulberry Harbour is being eroded by the sea - Local Mayor hopes to save it.

Events are planned  throughout  2014 for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings - for even more information visit here.

Thousands of gravestones to be replaced for 70th Anniversary of D-Day landings.

A new photographic database website called Fallen Heroes of Normandy has been made available to the public

The Queen to be a guest of honour at 70th Anniversary of D-Day held at Sword Beach

Band of Brothers Actors to have reunion at Utah Beach to mark 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

France prepares for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Toronto launches a national campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. 

A collaborative campaign to highlight the importance of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

An exhibit of General Richter's headquarters opens at the Caen Memorial Centre for History and Peace in October 2013.

The Normandy coast line photographed in panorama just prior to the D-Day invasion..

Major General Pat Kay helped take 65 prisoners in Normandy died aged 92.

A new permanent exhibition at the Memorial in Caen opened in June 2013 dedicated to the Battle of Normandy

The Overlord Museum opened it's doors on June 5th 2013.

A website dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

One of the ruses to confuse the Germans during D-Day operations was to drop dummy paratroopers into alternative areas 

A huge historical D-Day offshore mapping Expedition has been completed - read more here. 

Peter Comfort, the last surviving member of a Sherman Tank assigned Regiment meets some actor.

This great article contains this video which describes the engineering miracle of the Mulberry Harbour .

D-Day beacon landing beacon discovered at Church Fete.


 



This is the essential iPhone app for visiting the Normandy invasion beaches and the many sites of interest further inland.

 
Notes on Normandy from the Spectator

Preparations are under-way for the ceremonies to commemorate D-Day in 2014. 

This is a link to some amazing pictures of Falaise during the Battle of Normandy.

A new 3-D documentary is being produced about the D-Day landings - click here for more detai

A recent guest wrote a great article here in Canadian Military Family Magazine

This is an incredibly detailed video (almost 2 hours) about the Battle of Normandy - soak up some history.

This video, part of a series on the Battle of Normandy, focusses on the Falaise Gap.

Aerial vews of the D-Day landing beaches via paragliding flight.

Jake McNiece, the inspiration for the film 'The Dirty Dozen', passed away recently but his story is amazing - read it here.

A daughter remembers her Fathers photo in Time Magazine

A fabulous image of important venues to visit for D-Day (6th June) 

Staff Sergeant Jim Wallwork, the first Allied Soldier to set foot on French soil during the D-Day landings and passed away in January 2013,  is remembered here

This interview with a 91 year old D-Day veteran is amazing. 

The American Cemetery is a must see venue for travellers as reviewed here in the Washington Post

360 Panoramic View of American Cemetery.

Incredible pictures of France just after D-day.

The Heroes Return 2 National Lottery Fund has helped a 94 year old pilot return to Normandy.

France just after D-Day - photos of the aftermath of the Liberation by Allied forces.

In the first of three parts, Jonathan Ball embarks upon a Battlefield Tour of Normandy.

This is an amazing story about reuniting an American serviceman with his dogtags lost during the Battle of Normandy on the beaches.

Visit this BBC site to hear fascinating audio recordings of 8 people who experienced D-Day fist hand. There is also a very informative website here about the amazing Mulberry Harbours created at Utah and Arromanches to act as temporary ports, with a further update here.

There is a series of excellent  videos which set out the brutal fighting that went on in closing the Falaise gap.   This is the first of a series of five videos. Click here to see all the videos.

Further information about the closure of the Falaise Gap can be seen at the excellent D-Day overlord website here.

This is a special link  to raise funds for veterans of  World War 2 to take part in commemorative visits. Returning Heroes - Lottery fund.


 

2: Suggested Tour 

Click on the day's below to see some ideas of places and memorials to visit. Get reductions using the Normandie Pass for lots of 1944 memorials and museums.


 Saturday Arrive and unpack.

 Sunday Day 1: Pegasus Bridge including the museum and the Batterie de Merville

Monday Day 2: Canadian Cemetery and Juno & Sword Beaches 

Tuesday Day 3: Gold Beach, British Cemetery and several sites of interest

Wednesday Day 4: Utah & Omaha Beach

Thursday Day 5: Avaranches War Museum via Swiss Normandy.

Friday Day 6: The Falaise Gap and the corridor of death. A local tour following the route of the German retreat up to Mont-Ormel. A great meal at a small bar in Trun is
a perfect part of the day.