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“D Day History” 4 of 5 stars
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Omaha Beach
Avenue de la Liberation, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This historic beach was the primary point of landing on June 6, 1944, for the entry of American forces into World War II and saw some of the most intense fighting in the entire war.
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“D Day History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a huge beach where the Americans landed and there are still bunkers there. There is a massive, somewhat ugly stone memorial to those who lost their lives. There are also much more artistic and discrete modern sculptures which are actually in the sand. Don't just visit this landing beach but see Canadian Bay and in particular Arromanches which is the most interesting since it was where the British built their pre-fab harbour - an amazing feat.

Visited March 2013
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“A piece of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I couldn't believe how easy it was to access. There are bunkers and gun holds just right on the beach. It is free and unattended to walk about and experience. An excellent piece of history to enjoy. Don't miss the cemetery above the beach

Visited December 2012
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“d-day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

this is an amazing place, so thought provoking! it is a huge beach , we visited in the winter and the weather wasnt great which made us feel all the more humble with respect with what these men did for all of us. i would recommend anyone who is interested in ww2 and the landing beaches to visit all of them because they all are so different, you will see what i mean when you visit. im sure the men that gave their lives would be so pleased that people are able now to enjoy the beaches as they should, free and with their families. lest we forget.

Visited November 2012
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““Very Peaceful Now””
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This beach is big and will take a day to visit. I would recommend starting at Pointe du Hoc (Covered elsewhere) from here you have great view down on to the beach and get a feel for the scale. From here make your way down to the main beach noting the WNs (resistance points) the best are, WN72 now with the National Guard Memorial build on top of it and WN 62 next to the Normandy American Cemetery. WN 62 accounted for a high number of casualties on D-Day and was the location depicted in the film “Saving Private Ryan” . The Cemetery is also in the first part of this film.
Now every peaceful, but I can not even begin to imagine what those very brave young men went through crossing the sand and making their way up through the beach obstacles. All done under very heavy fire.

Visited September 2012
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“The Silence of Omaha Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Visited on a freezing rainy day in March, have been before but it was the better halfs first visit and I did remind her to bring tissues. It is still hard to comprehend what happened here all those years ago, but a walk around the perfectly maintained cemetery, does make you wonder how anyone managed to survive the beach. The memorial shows in beautiful detail what happened and to whom. Should you be there at midday have your camera running as big ben sounds 12
0 clock. Close your eyes and you are in London !!!!!!

Visited March 2013
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