The momentous events of June 6th 1944 began shortly after midnight, with the dropping of the first British airborne troops between the Orne and Dives rivers. Then it was the turn of the Americans to parachute into the Contentin, at the other end of the sector.
Meanwhile, the RAF's heavy bombers were pounding those artillery batteries of the Atlantic wall that were thought to pose the greatest threat.
At 5:45 am, the fleet opened fire on the German defenses.
At 6:30 am, the first American assault waves reached the Utah and Omaha beaches. In the British And Canadian sectors, the attack was launched an hour later, to take account of the different tide times.
By the evening of June 6th, 20000 vehicles and 155000 soldiers had been landed the number of men reported killed,wounded or missing came to approximately 10000 far fewer than the planners had feared…
To understand the battle of Normandy, better you start your visit by the Memorial of Can (2,5 hours drive from Paris). So this is the itinerary that we suggest:
- Visit of the Memorial of Can
- Arromanche village
- American Cemetery
- Pointe du Hoc