D-Day landings

Juno Beach on the 6th of June 1944

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.

American Cemetary at Colleville sur Mer

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.

Gold Beach today

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.

Pegasus Bridge

 

Sherman Tank - Juno Beach

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.

Longues sur Mer Battery

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)

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.

Bull Bridge

German Cemetery at La Cambe

For further information on D Day landings, please have a look at the BBC History webpage.

The nearby British cemetery at Le Beny Bocage

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