Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day 2 Omaha Beach


Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. 'Omaha' refers to a section of the coast of Normandy.  On D-Day, the untested 29th Infantry Division, along with nine companies of U.S. Army Rangers redirected from Pointe du Hoc, were to assault the western half of the beach. The battle-hardened 1st Infantry Division was given the eastern half. The initial assault waves, consisting of tanks, infantry, and combat engineer forces, were carefully planned to reduce the coastal defenses and allow the larger ships of the follow-up waves to land. The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of eight kilometres (5 miles) depth, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking with the British landings at Gold to the east, and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah.

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Day 2 Pointe du Hoc - France


We followed the route of the Rangers and visited the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial.

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Bayeux France - Day 2


Bayeux is known for two famous trans-Channel invasions. The conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 started from Bayeux, while on June 6th, 1944 the Allied D-Day (invasion force struck the beaches just north of the town. Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated from Nazi occupation during the 1944 Battle of Normandy and survived almost completely unscathed. On 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made his first important speech on liberated French soil in Bayeux. The town hosts the largest British war cemetery in Normandy and is an excellent base for visiting the Normandy beaches.

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Honfleur, France Day2, pg1


We stopped to have lunch at this lovely fishing village in Honfleur.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

France Day1 pg3


The old market place is the vibrant centre of Rouen, where where we found the church of Joan of Arc, the place where she was burned at the stake but also a lively market where the locals like to spend their time.

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France Day1 pg2


 The clock tower Le Gros Horloge, a fourteenth century astronomical clock in Rouen, Normandy. The Renaissance facade represents a golden sun with 24 rays on a starry blue background.

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France vacation day 1, pg 1


Day 1 of our tour we followed the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral - a masterpiece of the Gothic style and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet – We wandered through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the old market square. Here, a superb modern church commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431.

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