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The D-Day Beaches

Listed under Battlefields in Normandy, France.

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June 6th, 1944 - D-Day. The most momentous day in the history of the 20th Century, possibly the modern age. Secure telex lines and printers began to clatter the length and breadth of Britain. The long wait was over – the great adventure was on. Thousands of servicemen began their preparations, making their peace in their own way. For them the longest day of their lives was about to begin.

“Les sanglots longs des violins de L’Automne” – the first lines of Verlaine’s poem “Chanson D’Automne” were broadcast by the BBC World Service on 1st June 1944 as a pre-cursor to the invasion. On receipt of these lines Resistance units up and down the coast of Normandy and others further inland, made ready – they now knew that the invasion was imminent. Their wait was a short but tense one – on 5th June the second set of lines was received – “Blessent mon coeur d’une longueur monotone” – this was it - the invasion would begin within 48 hours!

For four long years western Europe had suffered under the yoke of the Nazi war machine. Now was the hour when the allies were to start the process of liberation and set Europe and the world free. Immortalized in the classic film " The Longest Day ", and more recently " Saving Private Ryan " and " Band of Brothers " many thousands of young men fought fiercely for victory or simply for survival.

Written by  Ed Church.

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“Utah Beach”

Utah was the the right, or westernmost flank of of D-Day landing zone between the villages of La Madeline and Pouppeville.  Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore with little resistance – the forces lost only about 200 of roughly 23,0… Read more...

Written by  Toby Bright.

“Sword Beach”

Sword was the eastern most of the D-Day landing beaches, stretching 8 km between Ouistreham and Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer.  The British 3rd Division and 27th Armoured Brigade were the main forces landed here, and their main objective was the city of Caen.… Read more...

Written by  Toby Bright.

“Juno Beach”

Juno was also known as Canadian Beach because it was Canadian forces, the 3rd Canadian Infantry, who were assigned this beach, from Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer on the east to Courseulles-sur-Mer on the west, for D-Day.  The Germans were dug in well here wit… Read more...

Written by  Toby Bright.

“Gold Beach”

The primary D-Day objectives for the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division landing on Gold Beach, was to to establish a beachhead between Arromanches and Ver-sur-Mer – this was the spot chosen for the creation of the artificial harbour.  The G… Read more...

Written by  Toby Bright.

“Omaha Beach”

Omaha is the five miles of beach between Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes and Vierville-sur-Mer, where the 1st Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division fought the German 352nd Infantry Division on D-Day.  This is the beach where the  stories of '… Read more...

Written by  Toby Bright.

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Gold Beach

Hi next summer I want to visit Gold Beach, Arromanche, as my Dad was one of the royal engineers to land there on D-day. Please can you tell me the Port that is nearest to the beach, ie Cherbourg, or caen, as I dont want to have too long a drive once I arrive, we will probably be staying for around 3 days. Thankyou yours sincerely mary

Fortunately or Unfortunately

The beaches by now little resemble the battlefields of literature or cinema. Rows and rows of tank traps, or other obstacles on the beaches, have long since been cleared away. What is left is a quiet, peaceful beach, and crumbling bunkers. This sort of trip is better suited for those seeking a quiet, reflective look upon the battleground that reshaped europe. More gung-ho types should seek out the museums, bridges, and shot-up buildings further inland.

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