WW2 & the invasion beaches
Naturally because our house is ON Utah Beach we start our tour from there...please ask for an itinery we'll get it all printed out for you to have a good day out.
The troops didn’t actually intend to land on Utah Beach - otherwise known before the war as Grand Dune La Madeleine or Madeleine Plage 5 a.m. in the morning a frogman was the 1st American to land on any of the invasion beaches - right on the beach in front of our house, the road named in his honour Angelos T Chatas.
At 6:40 a. m., Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, second-in-command of the 4th Infantry division, landed with the first assault wave, quite a few miles away from where they had aimed for thanks to the currents. This was fortunate as loss of life was much less that the other beaches as they were out of range from the big guns at Azzeville & St Marcouf.
The museum here on Utah Beach is well worth a visit...
St Marie Du Mont the 1st village to liberated on 6th June 1944 take the road to Ste Mere Eglise - this is the town where 82nd Airborne came down - one parachutists entangled on the church tower - played by Red Buttons In The Longest Day (click here to watch the movie for free) with John Wayne taking Ste Mere and half of Hollywood the length of the invasion beaches... however we do advise you watch this film before touring as it does explain very well the D Day events - also Band of Brothers (click to watch on hbo go).
Point du Hoc
Point du Hoc is well worth a visit with all the shell holes it does give you an idea of the intensity of the battle. From here you can see Utah Beach & Omaha Beach with Arromanches in the distance. Just outside Grandcamp Maisy is one of the German cemeteries La Cambe where Michael Wittmann the famous Tank Ace is buried here.
The British Sector near Bayeux, The Cold Stream Guards had a very big part to play along with Royal Scots Guards... we have the huge pleasure & honour of having one of these veterans from Operation Bluecoat stay with us on numerous occassions!
The Mulberry Harbour is still in evidence. Without doubt the 360 degree cinema on top of the cliffs is a place to visit, the film is very powerful and when you come out of the darkness you are hit with the intense light with the Mulberry Harbour just below you. Bayeux for the British Cemetery Carry on up the coast to The Canadian sector and on round to Pegasus Bridge...there you have there choice of 2 museums either side of the bridge...Madame Grondree was a small child when the bridge was liberated and is passionate and tireless about the history and the authenticity of the cafe...it is very interesting to visit both!
Holiday Accomodation in Normandy France