Located 62 miles from Miserai, many of our visitors make their way over to visit the sites where 156,000 Allied troops landed during WWII along the coast of Normandy on June 6th, 1944 : D-Day.
Code names of the five principal landing points of the Allied invasion : Omaha Beach, Sword Beach, Gold Beach, Utah Beach, Juno Beach
Nicknamed “Bloody Omaha” and defended by the German 352nd Division, WWII soldiers recall Omaha beach as being red with blood after the battle as it was the bloodiest of the D-Day beaches. Among the dead/wounded/missing were 2,400 U.S. troops.
The American military cemetery at Colleville is open to visit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 15 to September 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the year. This 172.5 acre cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 troops. Within the cemetery, you will also see the “Walls of the Missing” on which the names of 1,557 military troops are inscribed.
Guided tours are available, The American Sector 1 tour covers the following areas:
- The Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches
- The medium gun battery at Longues complete with guns in situ
- Omaha Beach
- The American Military Cemetery and Interpretive Center at Colleville
- Pointe du Hoc
- The German Military Cemetery at La Cambe
- Special Tour of the Bocage Countryside
Learn more about tours here : http://www.d-daytours.com/