Normandy Beaches

The beaches of Normandy are where the tide of World War Two began to turn in favor of the allies in Europe (D-Day). The Americans, British, French and Canadians reclaimed these beaches at great cost from the German occupiers and use them as a foothold to drive the Nazis back to Germany. We saw the remains of the breakwater that enabled the British to quickly build a port here and made it possible to unload the military equipment and personnel necessary to continue the fight. We also visited Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which has a fabulous explanation of the events leading up to D-day, what happened afterward and the planning and resources necessary to make it happen.

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