Pointe du Hoc: Jutting some 40m out of the sea, this most famous cliff face protected a large and heavily fortified German gun emplacement that threatened both Omaha and Utah landing beaches. Equipped with rocket propelled ropes and firemen’s ladders, in one of the most extraordinary feats of D-Day, Col Rudder and his Rangers scaled the cliffs and while suffering great losses, subdued the menace.
Today, the land given by France to the United States remains unchanged.
A moving testimony to the fierce fighting.
Omaha Beach: Together with Utah Beach, Omaha was one of the two assault beaches under US command. Heavily defended by the Germans with both heavy firepower and mined obstacles on the beach, Omaha was a killing ground which went on to record almost half of all the entire allied losses suffered on the 6th of June. Standing where they fought, we will attempt to explain exactly what took place on that singularly bloody day.
The American cemetery, Colleville sur mer: A place sacred to the memory of American servicemen killed in the Battle of Normandy, 9386 bodies lie in the calm and beauty of this cemetery above Omaha Beach. Inaugurated on July 18th 1956 by French President René Coty and American General George Marshall, the plot of 70 hectares was given in perpetuity to the United States. We will show you some specific graves, stand by the great wall commemorating another 1557 listed as “Missing”, as well as experience the excellent and unique visitor centre.