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Arromanches is the right and central place to visit the landing beaches. Located at the far west of the GOLD beach aera, excursions westbound will take you to te american sector, where as eastbound, british and canadian sectors will offer you many visit opportunities. Most sites are less then 30 min by car. The farthest are located less then one hour.
Arromanches D Day Museum
Located at 300 meters of our establishment, the Arromanches D Day Museum is a must to unsterstand the artifial harbor history. On june 8th 1944, two days after Arromanches liberation, the firts Phoenix caissons are sunk offshore to create a dike to allow ships to unload protected from the swell. Floating roads and platforms following tidal movements will complete the system. On June 14, the first unloads began. Arromanches will be the largest port in the world for some time.
Located on the heights of Arromanches, this circular cinema projects a film in high definition on 9 screens and tells through images of archives from all over the world, the terrible Battle of Normandy. This film is a tribute to the fighters of all nations and to the 20,000 civilians killed during the battle for the liberation of Western Europe .
British Military Cemetery of Bayeux
You can't visit the landing beaches without stopping at one of the numerous military cemetery of the aera. The one in Bayeux homes the graves of 4 144 Commonwealth soldiers, of witch 3 935 British. There is aswell 500 soldiers graves of others nationalities, among witch a majority of germans. Facing the cemetary is a Memorial dedicated to the memory of 2 092 Commonwealth soldiers killed during the Battle of Normandy and that have no grave.
American Military Cemetery of Colleville Omaha Beach
Located 20 km west of d'Arromanches, and overlooking the sad famous Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery is an essential step of your visit. It contains the graves of 9,387 fallen soldiers, the chapel, the memorial and the garden of the disappeared. A ceremony takes place every day at 4:15 pm (from 16/09 to 14/04) or at 5:15 pm (from 15/04 to 15/09).
Pointe du Hoc
Located 32 km west of Arromanches, between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, this strategic point of the Atlantic was taken by assault on June 6 th 1944 morning, by Colonel Rudder's Rangers. This was one of the most difficult battles of the landing: in the end, of the 225 Rangers, only 90 of them were still in a position to continue the battle.
Canadian military cemetery of Bény sur Mer
Close to Courseulles, 13 km west of Arromanches and in the countryside, the Canadian military cemetery of Bény-sur-Mer houses the graves of 335 soldiers of the 3rd Canadian Division who landed on June 6, 1944 in the Sector Of Juno Beach and were killed during the D-Day fighting. There are also 1694 Canadian soldiers and 15 airmen who fell in the inward battle, as well as an aviator, three British soldiers and a French soldier.
Merville's battery is located 42 km west of Arromanches. On the night of June 5-6, 1944, 750 British paratroopers of the 9th Airborne Battalion on board C47 Dakota, Horsa and Hamicar gliders were tasked to take this German battery. After a disastrous drop, having lost their heavy weapons, only 150 paratroopers will reach the site and will succeed in taking it with heavy losses. On the battery site, the C47 "SNAFU Special" restored in its D-Day configuration can be visited.
Pegasus Bridge memorial
34 km west of Arromanches, the Pegasus Memorial is dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division, the "Red Berets". Their missions in Normandy on June 6, 1944 is exposed. The museum is located right next to the famous "Pégasus Bridge" at the foot of which is the first house liberated in Normandy. Three stelae mark the landing site on June 5th, shortly before midnight, of the 3 Horsa gliders carrying Major John Howard's airborne troops who successfully took the bridge in 10 minutes.
26 km west of Arromanches, the Caen Memorial is devoted to the history of the twentieth century whose whole theme is turned towards peace. Two museums gathered together cover the years 1919 to 1989, from the Treaty of Versailles to the fall of the Berlin Wall. A visiting area is dedicated to the landings and the Battle of Normandy. Plan a whole day to do the whole memorial.
Polish military cemetery of Urville
Located between Caen and Falaise, 55 km south-west of Arromanches, the Polish military cemetery of Urville contains 615 graves of Polish soldiers. Inaugurated in October 1946, it regroups the bodies of soldiers and officers killed in the fighting for the liberation of French territory. Most belong to the 1st Polish Armored Division of General Maczek involved in the Battle of Falaise Pocket.
Batte of Normandy airfields
When the Allies landed in Normandy on D-Day, the engineers of the Air Force Construction Service (2nd Tactical Air Force) and US Air Force IX Engineer Command (9th Air Force) were among the first waves of assault. Their mission was to quickly build advanced airfields called Advanced Landing Grounds (ALG). Some fifty aerodromes have been built. The first was operational on the evening of the second day. Today there is nothing left of these aifields. Many sites are nevertheless identified by the location of steles. On the way on your excursions, you can stop there.