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The D-Day Landing Beaches

The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.
The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled, using specialised tanks.
The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area now host many visitors each year..*

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D-DAY Beaches with Local Guided Tour | Full Day Private Group

Follow your private local guide through the events of World War II and learn more about what happened during the D-Day and the end of the war. Your D-Day Normandy tour starts with a pickup at your Paris accommodation. During approximately 4 hours, visit some of the major American landing sites. The tour ends with the guide taking you to the American Cemetery and Memorial of Colleville-sur-Mer, which honor American troops who died during the Second World War.

14 hours (transfer time included) | English
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Normandy D-DAY Beaches | Full Day Audioguide Private Group

Our private audio-guided tour is ideal for you if you want to discover the D-landings beaches at your own rhythm. You will be picked up at your hotel in Paris by our professional driver-guide. After a lunch break in Bayeux, your audio guided tour will start. from there. First discover Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first town liberated by the allies on June 6th, 1944. Then, explore Utah Beach, the Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach and find out more about their history.

14 hours (transfer time included) | Francais - English
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Bayeux Private Round Trip with Hotel Pick up from Paris

If you wish to discover Bayeux and its surroundings on your own, come and take part in our hassle-free private transfer from Paris to Bayeux. This small medieval town, capital of Bessin, was one of the first towns to be liberated after the allied landings on June 6th, 1944. Wonder through its fabulous historic center which boasts of a rich architectural heritage and see its world famous UNISCO listed 70 meters long Tapestry depicting the Conquest of England in 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy.

14 hours (transfer time included) | Francais - English
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Guided Tour of the D-Day Beaches from Paris | NP1

Enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life. On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations ...

14 hour(s) | English
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