The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
TOUR #1 Omaha – Half Day Tour
Half Day Tours depart from Place de Quebec, center of Bayeux, Normandy – Near the Tapestry
Tour # 1 is intended for visitors having only half a day to visit the landing areas at Omaha Beach.
AFTERNOON TOUR : ideal for those who are coming from Paris in the morning and wish to visit the medieval town of Bayeux before boarding a guided tour on the D-Day sites. To be enjoyed also for those, already in Bayeux, of course!
MORNING TOUR : perfect for those who have only a few hours left in Normandy before their holidays move on to another region or wish to spend their afternoon time discovering what the area has to offer.
This is a complete tour, giving you maximum information about the the Omaha sector, from Longues sur Mer to Pointe du Hoc in a four hour tour segment. When you choose this tour, you will undoubtedly understand why Omaha is such a mystical place in the Invasion landings, and will be remembered into eternity as “Bloody Omaha” on June 6th, 1944.
Beginning at the location of the “Longues sur Mer battery” located in the sector liberated by the British landing, this tour will take you from Longues sur Mer to the infamous Omaha Beach , and to Pointe du Hoc. The detailed story of what was the most deadly part of the liberation of Europe will be described to you in this historical tour, which will be supplemented with maps and pictures of the area.
From the German weapons strong hold of “WN 62” with it’s unmistakable view of Easy and Fox sectors on Omaha Beach, and the beach exit “D1” of Vierville sur Mer, we will take you back 60 years ago and relive the history again of our liberators.
Hours 8.20 AM1.45 PM6.00 PM
Number of spots 16
This tour will take you to sectors where the American V Corps and VII Corps landings occurred at Omaha and Utah beaches. You will follow the steps of the famous 1st, 29th, and 4th American Infantry Divisions and the other units that linked up with them. You will also be taken to the misplaced drop zones of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Units that landed in the early morning hours of the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944.
Lunch is not included in our fee.
The Longues-sur-Mer battery
The Atlantic Wall was a system of fortifications built by Nazi Germany, which extended along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe. The Longues-sur-Mer battery is a classic example of the pattern that was used for the Atlantic Wall. Come and discover the four casemates of these batteries and the 152 mm German naval guns behind the control bunker. This site has been very well preserved to this day as a Memorial of the war. You will cross the Port of Port en Bessin secured by the 47th Royal Commando Unit, which became an important petroleum port. Port en Bessin was the geographic boundary between the American and British sectors.
Omaha and the WN
Here we will see many WN’s - (wiederstandnest- meaning German weapons strong point emplacements) from Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to Vierville. We will visit some of these strong points, which were the better-defended German Positions along Omaha. We will stop at WN 62 and WN 65 in Fox Green and Easy Red sectors of the American landing, and WN 73 in Dog Green at Vierville. This beach assault was a difficult assignment, given to US V Corps (General Gerow) whose Force O was made up of the 1st Infantry Division, 29th Infantry Division, the Rangers and several attached Units.
American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
This Cemetery, extends over 172.5 acres, and is one of fourteen permanent American World War II cemeteries constructed on foreign soil. It contains the remains of 9387 servicemen and women killed for our freedom. The American Cemetery of Colleville conveys an unforgettable feeling of honor, peace and serenity.
Pointe du Hoc
Located on a cliff 8 miles west of the Cemetery, this monument was created by France to honour elements of the 2nd Rangers Battalion under the command of LTC James E. RUDDER which scaled the 100-foot cliff. Admiral Hall’s Intelligence officer remarked: "It can’t be done. Three old women with brooms could stop the Rangers scaling that cliff!". RUDDER replied to General BRADLEY: "Sir, my Rangers can do the job for you".
The Longues-sur-Mer battery was a World War II artillery battery constructed by the Wehrmacht near the French village of Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy. It formed a part of Germany's Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications.
The German army fortified the area with concrete casemates and gun pits. On D-Day (6 June 1944) the United States Army Ranger Assault Group assaulted and captured Pointe du Hoc after scaling the cliffs.