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Does the Caen Memorial give a good overview of the Battle for Normandy?

Does the Caen Memorial give a good overview of the Battle for Normandy?

Jun 5th, 2007, 09:03 AM
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If you are to go to only one museum about the Battle of Normandy, then I would recommend the Caen Memorial. The Battle of Normandy Museum in Bayeux used to be a superb one, but the town of Bayeux (which owns the building) had a dispute with the founder and director, who owned most of the exhibits. As a result, the Museum was closed for a while and has since reopened with different exhibits and a different focus.

Meanwhile, the founder, Dr. Benamou, has established a new institution, the D-Day Academy, which began this year to give tours. Unlike other tour companies, these are conducted in authentic Second World War vehicles (Allied and German), and there is one tour which allows participants a hands-on experience with Second World War vehicles, weapons, radios and such. I haven't seen the Academy in operation, but it sounds fascinating. Here is their website:


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Jun 5th, 2007, 10:05 AM
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I was very impressed by my visit to the Caen Memorial, but I went with two friends (Americans!) who announced too soon "okay, I've seen enough of this." I plan to go back alone some day and really spend all of the time that I want.

Definitely see the films after visiting the museum part.
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Jun 5th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Thanks for the info laverendrye, its a shame because the Bayeux museum was really great, well I guess things move on.

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