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The main museums and landing sites

les sites et musées du débarquement en Normandie
The Normandy landings (Operation Neptune codename), Allied troops in June 1944 is an amphibious military operation in the framework of World War II. It precedes the Battle of Normandy. 
This is the assault phase of Operation Overlord, which aims to create a large-scale Allied bridgehead in the northwest of Europe and the opening of a new front in the West.
This included many movements:
  • The Channel crossing by thousands of ships.
  • The American and British airborne operations last night.
  • The preparatory air and naval bombardment of the German coastal defenses.
  • The landing of troops on the beaches (west to east) Utah Beach and Omaha Beach (over the capture of the Pointe du Hoc) for Americans and Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach Canadians to Anglo Canadians (including the Free French of the Kieffer commandos).
Discover below the main museums, cemeteries and sites dedicated to one of the greatest events in history.

BATTERIE DE MAISY

Built from 1942, the entire site was part of a militarized area of 44 ha. Covering part of the sectors 
Landing on June 6, 1944, she opened fire on allied troops, and for three days. 
You can visit these underground structures, locations of six pieces of artillery, 155 mm, tunnels and many other constructions.There are more than 2 km of restored trenches that offer the ability to move as did, at the time, advocates of this stronghold. You can also find guns that were installed on the site.


Maisy Battery 
Route Wigs 
14450 GRANDCAMP-MAISY

 CIMETIERE MILITAIRE ALLEMAND 

CIMETIERE MILITAIRE ALLEMAND

La Cambe is the largest military cemetery in Normandy. 
Nearly 21,222 bodies rest under small slabs.


German military cemetery 
14230 LA CAMBE

AMERICAN CEMETERY OMAHA

CIMETIERE AMERICAIN D'OMAHA

Inaugurated in 1956, the Normandy American cemetery was built in the heart of a vast area of 70 hectares granted by France to the United States. A Garden of the Missing where 1557 soldiers names remain etched, the American cemetery invites meditation and remembrance. The graves are mostly those of fallen soldiers on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944.


American Cemetery in Normandy 
14710 COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

LA POINTE DU HOC

LA POINTE DU HOC

The Pointe du Hoc site now features the remains of German artillery battery and deep scars and the extreme conditions in which the Rangers climbed the cliffs under fire from German soldiers.


Pointe du Hoc 
CRICQUEVILLE 14450-EN-BESSIN

DDAY OMAHA MUSEUM

The museum D-Day Omaha presents, indoors and inside, a collection of parts and equipment tracing the technological evolution of forces in wartime. It is divided into several areas: German equipment, allied equipment, space dedicated to the Resistance...


Museum D-Day Omaha 
Route de Grandcamp 
14,710 VIERVILLE 

BIG RED ONE ASSAULT MUSEUM

BIG RED ONE ASSAULT MUSEUM

After Operation Torch in North Africa, the US 1st Infantry Division of the US Army fought the Afrika Korps of Rommel, and then took part in the landing in Sicily. It is found in Omaha Beach June 6, 1944, she suffered very heavy losses. At the end of the war in 1945, it will have lost more than 21,000 men.


Big Red One Assault Musuem 
the Bray
COLLEVILLE SUR MER 14710 

OVERLORD MUSEUM

OVERLORD MUSEUM

This unique collection of its kind with over 10,000 pieces that trace much of the history of the Battle of Normandy to the liberation of Paris. A human dimension through the stories, testimonies and objects veterans and people of the time.


Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach 
Center Omaha subdivision 
COLLEVILLE SUR MER 14710

MEMORIAL CEMETERY AND COMMONWEALTH 

MÉMORIAL ET CIMETIÈRE DU COMMONWEALTH

The cemetery includes 4116 Commonwealth graves and graves of other nationalities 532 German majority. The memorial opposite carries the names of 1801 men of the land forces of the Commonwealth disappeared. 
Gathered the remains of 3,935 British soldiers, but also those of 181 Canadians, 17 Australians, New Zealanders 8, 1 South African, 25 Poles, three French, two Czechs, two Italians, Russians 7, 466 Germans.


Memorial and Cemetery Commonwealth 
Boulevard du 6 Juin 
14400 BAYEUX

MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY

The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy deals in the most comprehensive way, military events following the landing immediately. It shows take place there, after a brief presentation of the strategic situation before 
landing, events during this battle (June 7 to August 29, 1944), using narratives illustrated with original maps and 3D models.
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

Boulevard Fabian Ware 
14400 BAYEUX

MUSEE DES EPAVES SOUS MARINES DU DEBARQUEMENT

The museum traces 25 years of diving operation that allowed Jacques Lemonchois, its founder, to go up the bottom of the incredible sea remains preserved in their état.Les presented objects are authentic, they were found in 
large warships sunk in the vicinity of 6 June 1944, on the Utah site, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
An original 52-minute film presents the underwater wrecks Landing in French and English.

Museum of underwater wrecks 
Landing 
Route de bayeux
14520 COMMES - PORT-EN-BESSIN

BATTERIE ALLEMANDE DE LONGUES SUR MER

BATTERIE ALLEMANDE DE LONGUES SUR MER

Longues-sur-Mer is the only coastal defense battery classified "historical monument".major work of the Atlantic Wall, it is also the only battery that is still equipped with its antique guns.

MUSEE DU DEBARQUEMENT

MUSEE DU DEBARQUEMENT

Built at the same place where was built the British artificial port which you can still see the remains of Port Winston, visible from the museum, demonstrate the exceptional scope of this operation. The museum tells the story of the construction and operation of the port, key to the Allied victory.


Landing Museum 
Place June 6 
14117 ARROMANCHES LES BAINS
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CIMETIÈRE BRITANNIQUE DE BAZENVILLE

Cemetery Bazenville was opened two days after the landing, in the area of Gold Beach, where the 50th British Division landed on June 6, 1944. 979 tombs house the bodies of 630 British, 21 Canadians, 1 Australian, 1 Pole and 326 Germans.


Cemetery Bazenville 
BAZENVILLE
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CINEMA CIRCULAIRE ARROMANCHES 360

The new film "100 Days of Normandy" was funded by the Lower Normandy Region on an idea of Caen. 
It traces on 9 screens 100 days of the battle and brings together mostly unpublished archives from Canadian funds, American, German, English and French. The film also pays tribute to Robert Capa presenting its famous 11 photos.


circular cinema Arromanches 360 Route du calvaire

14117 ARROMANCHES

CENTRE JUNO BEACH

CENTRE JUNO BEACH

On the beach where the Canadians landed in June 1944 alongside other allied forces, the Juno Beach Centre presents the role played by Canada in the Second World War, particularly in Normandy. He is the only Canadian museum on the Landing Beaches.


Juno Beach Centre 
14470 COURSEULES SUR MER

THE CANADIAN CEMETERY REVIERS 

The Reviers Canadian cemetery contains 2049 graves, including 2044 Canadian, British and French 4. 
Essentially, it is men who fell during the landing in Juno Beach sector or during the siege of Caen.


The Canadian cemetery Reviers 
14470 REVIERS

MUSEE RADAR DE DOUVRES

Located in the former German town of Dover-la-Délivrande, this museum presents the essential role of radar during the Second World War that contributed to Allied success, especially in England and the battles of the Atlantic. The station was one of the most important links in long and medium range of the electromagnetic detection Atlantic Wall in France.


Radar Museum Douvres-la-Délivrande 
Route de Basly
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE

LE CIMETIÈRE BRITANNIQUE DE DOUVRES-LA-DÉLIVRANDE

At the cemetery Douvres based, besides 927 British soldiers, 11 Canadians, 3 Australians, 1 Polish, 1 unidentified bodies and 180 Germans buried in a particular square. The graves are those of men fell from 6 June and in the following days.


The British cemetery in Douvres-la-Délivrande 
14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE

MEMORIAL DE CAEN

MEMORIAL DE CAEN

1944-2014: 70 years of history at the Caen Memorial. 
Origins of the Second World War at the end of the Cold War, the museum trail recount and explain what was the terrible history of the twentieth century. Caen, bombed in the summer of 1944, martyr city of liberation, indeed deserved such a tribute is paid to him. 
The spirit of reconciliation own at the Caen Memorial, accompanies the visitor throughout the visit.


The Caen Memorial 
Esplanade Eisenhower 
14050 CAEN

MUSEE DU MUR DE L'ATLANTIQUE

MUSEE DU MUR DE L'ATLANTIQUE

Located steps from the beach in Ouistreham 5, Museum of the Atlantic Wall is installed inside the former headquarters of the German army who commanded the battery of the estuary of the River Orne. You will also see a real assault barge restored and used for the purposes of the Spielberg film "Saving Private Ryan."


The Grand Bunker 
Museum of the Atlantic Wall 
Avenue du 6 Juin
14150 OUISTREHAM

MEMORIAL PEGASUS

MEMORIAL PEGASUS

The Memorial Pegasus presents the various missions that the 6th Division 
British Airborne had to perform on the night of June 5 to 6 These soldiers were the first to set foot on Normandy soil for Operation Overlord. One of their mission was the capture of Bénouville bridge more known as Pegasus Bridge.


Pegasus Memorial 
Avenue du Major Howard 
14860 RANVILLE

BRITISH CEMETERY RANVILLE 

Cemetery Banneville together the graves of 2,150 Britons, 11 Canadians, 5 Australians, 2 New Zealanders, 5 Poles and those of two unidentified bodies; totaling 2,175 graves. Essentially, it is men who fell in July 1944, during the liberation of Caen and Operation Goodwood initiated in the plain to the east of the city. Y were also buried the remains of soldiers then fell until the end of the battle of the Pocket Falaise.

BRITISH CEMETERY BANNEVILLE 

Located near the historic site of Pegasus Bridge, Ranville cemetery gathers tombs in 2564: those QE2 154 Britons, 76 Canadians, three New Zealanders, one Australian, one Belgian and two unidentified bodies and 322 German graves. 
Part of soldiers based here belonged to the 6th British Airborne Division who jumped between the Orne and Dives on the night of June 5 to 6, 1944.


The British cemetery in Ranville 
14860 RANVILLE

MUSEE DE LA BATTERIE DE FRANCEVILLE

MUSEE DE LA BATTERIE DE FRANCEVILLE

Set on several hectares between Ouistreham and Cabourg, the site of 
the Merville battery is fully preserved today. We discover four bunkers and the legendary Dakota C47.


Museum of Merville Battery 
Place the 9th Battalion 
14810 MERVILLE-FRANCEVILLE

LES BATTERIES DU MONT CANISY

A Bennerville rises to 110 m, Mont Canisy. It overlooks the Seine bay. An artillery of the French Navy will be operational in 1940. Aware of the advantage of this strategic position, the Germans installed a new battery and composed of six French 155mm guns in encuvements. In 1944 two British battleships and Allied aircraft 
had dedicated neutralize coastal batteries of the Côte Fleurie and especially the Mont Canisy. 
The Germans avaientt realized a network of underground tunnels more than 250 meters long and 15 meters underground and built in surface of many concrete works.

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The sites and museums of the Normandy landings