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Omaha Beach Review

You won't be disappointed by the rugged terrain and windswept sand of Omaha Beach,16 km (10 miles) northwest of Bayeux. Here you can find the Monument du Débarquement (Monument to the Normandy Landings) and the Musée-Mémorial d'Omaha Beach, a large shedlike structure packed with tanks, dioramas, and archival photographs that stand silent witness to "Bloody Omaha." Nearby, in Vierville-sur-Mer, is the U.S. National Guard Monument. Throughout June 6, Allied forces battled a hailstorm of German bullets and bombs, but by the end of the day they had taken the Omaha Beach sector, although they had suffered grievous losses. In Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking Omaha Beach, is the hilltop American Cemetery and Memorial, designed by landscape architect Markley Stevenson. You can look out to sea across the landing beach from a platform on the north side of the cemetery.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Musée-Mémorial d'Omaha Beach, Les Moulins, Av. de la Libération, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, 14710
  • Phone: 02–31–21–97–44
  • Cost: €6
  • Hours: Daily Feb. 15–Mar. 15, 10–12:30 and 2:30–6; Mar. 16–May 15, 9:30–6:30; May 16–Sept. 15, 9:30–7; Sept. 16–Nov. 15, 9:30–6:30. Closed mid-Nov. to mid-Feb.
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  • Location: The D-Day Beaches
Updated: 03-25-2013

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