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History focused its sights along the coast of Normandy at 6:30 AM on June 6, 1944, as 135,000 Allied troops and 20,000 vehicles made land in their first incursion into Europe in World War II. The gravity of feeling you'll experience here goes far beyond even the most affecting World War II movie.
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- Natural Beauty
- You won't be disappointed by the rugged terrain and windswept sand of Omaha Beach. 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."
- At Pointe du Hoc, wildly undulating grassland leads past ruined blockhouses to a cliff-top observatory and a German machine-gun post whose intimidating mass of reinforced concrete merits chilly exploration. A granite memorial pillar stands on top of the concrete bunker, but otherwise the site remains as Colonel Rudder and his 225 Rangers left it, in one of the most heroic episodes of the war.
- In Colleville-sur-Mer, overlooking Omaha Beach, is the hilltop American Cemetery and Memorial, designed by the landscape architect Markley Stevenson. You can look out to sea across the landing beach from a platform on the north side of the cemetery.