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Oct 1, 2015 - On the Normandy Beaches

Thursday, October 1st. In the morning we headed across the peninsula toward the D-Day Landing Beaches. Code named “Operation Overload” it was the largest military operation in history. On the morning of June 6th. 1944, swarms of landing craft- part of an armada of 6000 boats and ships-hit the northern beaches of Normandy and tens of thousands of soldiers from the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada and elsewhere stormed onto the beach. How they accomplished this was documented very well through audio, film clips, movies, tours and museums...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Bayeux WW II Sites - Volume 2

After lunch we stopped at Utah Beach. This site was fairly easily captured. This was not the site of the planned attack because the waves had carried the landing craft off course. Rather than spend time getting to the correct location and missing the opportunity of surprise it was decided to attack at this area. This area was not as steep as other locations (pictures of Omaha Beach later) which aided in the attack. The next picture shows a German communications center that was captured by the Americans on D-Day. This had been constructed...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Normandy Beaches

A hot day to be on the beaches! We started our lessons on this aspect of WWII by first visiting the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer with 9,387 graves on a 172.5 acre site overlooking Omaha Beach. There was also a Garden of the Missing with names of 1,557 more soldiers on a wall and a lovely little round chapel. It was cool and lovely here this morning but it made us very sad to see all those perfectly aligned crosses. Our local guide, Bill, did a wonderful job of making the events of that terrible June 6, 1944, come alive. From the...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Normandy Beaches

Today is the highlight of our trip...the Normandy Beaches..in fact it is the eve of the anniversary Jun 6, 1944. The weather is described as similar to D-Day..cloudy with a chance of rain. It is a long bus trip but as we reach the beaches we found that it is amazing how the French commemorate the liberation. Flags are flying everywhere; British, Canadian, United States and France. It is very emotional to see them all. Our first beach is Juno. Basically we just do a drive through and see the flags, the people and several buildings. We then...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Normandy American Cemetery

Our next and final stop was the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which is located in Colleville-sur-Mer. This and Omaha Beach were what I was really looking forward to. This cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government of France granted use of this land, in perpetuity, as a permanent burial ground without charge or taxation. The cemetery was dedicated on July 18, 1956 and is situated on 172.5 acres on top of a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. There...

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Sep 16, 2006 - Off to France!!

From London we took the Eurostar train to Paris. The London to Paris is slight less than 300 miles. Part of the trip uses the "Chunnel" shich connects France and England with a tunnel under the English Channel for 23 miles at speeds over 180 miles per hour!! The Chunnel is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Once in Paris we took another train to the airport to pick up our car to drive to Colleville Sur Mer in the Normandy region. The car we had reserved was not large enough for 6 people and their luggage. A very nice...

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