D-Day Landings: Operation Overlord (4 Days)

On the eve of the D-Day Landings, a mighty Anglo-American naval armada set out for the coast of France. Preceded by bombing raids and airborne landings at the Pegasus and Orne Bridges and around Ste Mère Église on the flanks of the invasion area, the vast fleet assembled off the coast of Normandy. Shortly before dawn on the 6th June 1944, Allied battleships and cruisers began the bombardment of targets along the shoreline. “Operation Overlord”, the greatest sea-borne invasion in history, had begun.

At high tide, British and Canadian assault troops landed at Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches. American forces landed on Utah and Omaha Beaches. US Rangers and Royal Marine Commando units were also engaged against specific strong-points. By the end of what has become known as “The Longest Day”, Allied divisions had established a foothold in Hitler’s “Fortress Europe”. Over 150,000 men came ashore on that historic day to begin the liberation of Europe.

 

Day One: Outward TravelPegasus Bridge

06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel & check-in at accommodation in the Caen area
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Two: British & Canadian D-Day Landings

09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
The Merville Battery: Atlantic Wall & German defences
Pegasus Bridge & Gondrée Café: Glider assault
Ranville Cemetery & Churchyard: Airborne casualties
Hermanville-la-Breche (Sword): British 3rd DivisionArromanches_Gold_Beach
Courseulles (Juno): Canadian 3rd Division
Crepon: The Green Howards on D-Day & Stan Hollis VC
Arromanches (Gold): D-Day Landings & Mulberry Harbour
Périers Ridge: 21st Panzer counter-attack on D-Day
Bayeux War Cemetery & Memorial: Remembrance
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Three: American D-Day Landings

08.30 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
La Cambe German Cemetery: Michael WittmannUtah_Beach_Sherman_M4
Ste Mère Église: US airborne assault on D-Day
Utah Beach: 4th US Division & Theodore Roosevelt Jr
Pointe du Hoc: Amphibious assault by Rudder’s Rangers
Omaha Beach: “Bloody Omaha” & US 1st & 29th Divisions
Colleville American Cemetery: Remembrance
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Four: Return

09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast for Calais & return
ferry to UK. Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off pointPointe_du_Hoc

 

Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover.

 

This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.

D-Day: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about these locations:

Pegasus Bridge Ste Mère Église Itinerary via Portsmouth
Key Sites

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