NORMANDY D-DAY & WWII tour
General Hollands has a way of providing thought-provoking commentary. In addition to learning a wealth of information from both the US and European perspectives, we enjoyed enriching discussions of the history leading up to the war, as well as the manner in which the war effort was executed, and then how we as victors wrote the history - and all that that implies.
Below is a sample of what will be featured on our full one-day tour with Mr. Hollands:
Pointe du Hoc and the US Rangers. A triumph of planning, training and execution by elite and well-led troops ~ a failure of intelligence?
OMAHA Beach ~ an examination of several sites along the beach from both the German and US perspective
Operation AQUATINT ~ a 1942 Commando raid on what was to become known as OMAHA Beach
US Cemetery and Interpretation Centre
The La Cambe German Cemetery
The German Gun Battery at Longues sur Mer ~ the most complete remaining installation of the much vaunted German "Atlantic Wall" with the guns still in place.
The Artificial Harbour at Arromanches or MULBERRY ~ a remarkable tale of engineering ingenuity, leadership, and resolve, this prefabricated harbor, bigger than Dover harbor, was built in secret, towed across the English Channel and constructed in eleven days. The remains are still evident.
The Normandy American Cemetery ~ it is rare indeed to find more awe inspiring memorials
this final resting place for 9,387 Americans. Each cross is made of carved Italian marble.
Victory monument at the American cemetery
The sobriety and solemness of the German cemetery contrasts markedly with
that of the American cemetery.
U.S. Army troops wade ashore on Omaha Beach during the landings, 6 June 1944
On D-Day, the reserve brigade lands after Juno was secured.