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Normandy

Etretat on the Alabaster Coast

Alabaster Coast – Cote d’Albatre – Normandy

The Alabaster Coast – Côte d’Albâtre is Normandy’s White Cliffs, a 130km long breathtaking coastline of white chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel

Normandy invasion

Normandy Invasion – June – August 1944 – WWII

Normandy Invasion during WWII, the Allied invasion of Northwest Europe codenamed Operation Overlord which started on D-Day and ended on 25 August 1944

Allied invasion on D-Day

D-Day – 6 June 1944 – Simplified Timeline

Simplified timeline of D-Day – 6 June 1944 or Operation Neptune, the code name of the naval operations or assault and first phase of the Battle of Normandy

Memorial sculpture in Lion-sur-mer

Sword Beach – British Landing Sector – WWII

The D-Day assault on Sword Beach, the easternmost of the 5 Normandy landing beaches, was assigned to the British 3rd Infantry Division and Cdr Kieffer’s men

Les Braves Memorial sculpture on Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach – Deadliest Assault on D-Day

The landing on Omaha Beach, sadly one of the deadliest assaults on D-Day, was assigned to the untested US 29th Infantry Division assisted of US Army Rangers

Gold Beach - Vestiges of the Mulberry harbour in Arromanches

Gold Beach – British Landing Sector – WWII

The D-Day assault on Gold Beach was assigned to the 2nd British Army’s British 50th Northumbrian Infantry Division supported by the 8th Armoured Brigade

About Normandy - Drakkar prow figurehead

About Normandy region in Western France

Normandy, a name that immediately evokes the WWII Landing Beaches, the Tapestry of Bayeux and William the Conqueror, the Mont Saint-Michel and the Calvados!

Bayeux CWGC War Cemetery and Memorial

Bayeux CWGC War Cemetery – Basse Normandie

The Bayeux CWGC War Cemetery was opened in 1944 in Bayeux in Calvados and is the largest WWII Commonwealth cemetery in France with 4,648 graves

Colleville-sur-mer American Cemetery - Reflecting Pool and Memorial Colonnade

Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery – WWII

Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery stretches on the cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and contains the graves of 9,387 American soldiers who died during WWII

Juno Beach breach

Juno Beach – Canadian Landing Sector – WWII

D-Day assault on Juno Beach was assigned to units of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division aided by specialized engineering tanks from the 79th Armored Div.

Iron Mike - La Fiere Memorial Park

La Fiere Memorial Park and Battle – WWII

Iron Mike, the bronze statue of a paratrooper overlooks La Fiere Memorial Park founded to pay tribute to the US 82nd Airborne Divisions who landed on D-Day

Pointe du Hoc - 2nd Rangers Battalion Memorial

Pointe du Hoc – US Rangers Monument – WWII

The Pointe du Hoc German battery, an unassailable rocky spur located between Omaha and Utah beaches, was eventually seized by the US Rangers on D-Day

Chateau de Bricquebec - Ruined gate and rampart

Chateau de Bricquebec, a Viking fortress

Chateau de Bricquebec, a Viking fortress and its imposing polygonal dungeon high perched on its feudal mound, one of Normandy's major medieval strongholds
Chateau de Pirou seen from low court

Chateau de Pirou, one of the oldest Norman castles

Chateau de Pirou, one of the oldest castles in Normandy and a superb illustration of medieval military architecture, a spectacular and impregnable fortress that once defended the marshy coastline
Wilhelm Lubrich's grave among his companions' in arms

Wilhelm Lubrich – Story of a Polish soldier of the Second World War

This is the story of Wilhelm Lubrich, a Pole from Silesia, who was forced to fight in the German army during WWII and died in Normandy
Quesnel-Morinière mansion-museum and Jardin des Plantes de Coutances

Coutances, the Unelles’ capital renamed after a Roman emperor

Coutances, the capital of the Celtic Unelles was renamed after a Roman Emperor and later became the seat of the Bishopric of Coutances and Avranches

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