Tour the beaches

There is a complete index at the bottom of this page.

(Click for Dutch version)

Uncertain and full of fear to a hazy horizon


The next pages are a tribute to the men and women
from all countries that gave their life for a fragile peace.

On Thuesday, June 6th, 1944 the Allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches to free Europe from the German occupation. Today a little has changed, especially in the American sector. But in the east, at the British and Canadian landing beaches is enough to find to bring you back to the horrors that took place in Normandy. On the coming pages you'll find a couple of routes that lead you along the beaches and that will bring you to the most important places, such as 'Pegasus Bridge' and then onwards to the British and Canadian sectors. Meanwhile we visit some museums (such as in and around Bayeux). We continue the route further to OMAHA Beach, UTAH Beach and the places to brings it all together; the wargraves. On this page (below) you'll find information on the airborne divisions, landing craft, gliders, blockhouses and bunkers and other obstacles to hinder the landing and the tools to clear these, such as Hobart's 'Funny's'. But also on other vehicles and the movie 'The Longest Day'. 'OK,...let's go,...'

You may start the tour at:
(click on the picture)

The most famous bridge in the whole of Normandy

Then further on through the eastern sector:

To the British/Canadian landingbeaches where we also pay a visit
to the decaying remnants of the 'Mulberry' harbour.

Meanwhile we visit some important museums,
such as in and around:

Next stop are the American sectors:

For what was needed to make the landing in Normandy a succes, have a look at:

Below you'll find a complete index
of the pages on the 'Battlefield Normandy'



  Pegasus Bridge and the Battery of Merville
  The British Sector: SWORD Beach
  Canadian Sector: JUNO Beach
  British sector: GOLD beach
  Arromanches, Mulberry harbour
  Batterie de Longues, Port-en-Bessin and Bayeux
  OMAHA, Ste. Honorine-des-Pertes en Colleville-s-Mer
  More on OMAHA, American Cemetery en Vierville-s-Mer
  Museums and Vierville-sur-Mer
  Pointe du Hoc and Grandcamp-Maisy
  Extra page on Grandcamp-Maisy
  La Cambe & The Victory Museum
  UTAH Beach, Carentan
  More on UTAH Beach
  Merderet river
  The forgotten beach & Mont Canisy
  The taking of Cherbourg (two daytrips)
  Breakout towards Villers-Bocage
  Short bio of Michael Wittmann
  Saint-Lo, Operation Cobra, Avranches
  The 'Falaise Pocket'
  Hawker Typhoon, the fighterbomber
  A walk through Falaise (Dutch)
  A tour through the 'Falaise Pocket'
The German defense of Omaha Beach   
The American landing at Omaha Beach  
Landingcraft; LST, LCT and LCI  
Landingcraft; LCA, LCVP and LCM  
Amphibious vehicles, DUKW and LVT  
Obstacles to slow down the Allied invasion  
Tobruks, Bunkers and Casemates  
The 8.8cm Flak Gun  
Hobart's Funnies  
Bailey bridge & Advanced Landing Ground  
20 Canadians murdered Abbaye d'Ardenne  
The cold statistics  
Books and sources (Dutch)  
The Airborne Paratrooper, the history   
6th Airborne Divison, 'Pegasus'  
82nd Airborne Division, 'All American'  
Fighting at Graignes, Normandy  
101st Airborne Divison, 'Screaming Eagles'  
The symbols on the helmets of the 101st Airb.Div.  
Bailey Bridge bij Saint-Hilaire and the 'Filthy 13'  
'Crossroads' (October 5, 1944)  
Allied attack gliders  
Guestbook for Fanmail  




(More to follow)


Last update: October 2015


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