Omaha Beach

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Omaha Beach
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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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Steve
Sandwich, UK1 contribution
Sombre and emotional visit to “Bloody Omaha”
Standing on the beach contemplating, reflecting and remembering those fallen heroes who went through so much to give us our freedom we had today.
The beach has a gorgeous sunset silhouetting the terrain these guys had to encounter.
It’s a place I’ve long to visit and it really didn’t disappoint.
Written June 24, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,035 contributions
By far Omaha is the most interesting out of 5 landing beaches to see, with most things to see and pay your respects here.
Unfortunately, it was also the deadliest one as it saw most casualties of all beaches with big problems for the landing troops.
The beach is set around 45 min drive from Caen, passing by the town of Bayeux which is an unmissable place to visit (read about it in separate reviews).
Once on Omaha there's plenty to see and you should count 3 to 4 hours for a proper visit. There's a big free parking lot right in the central part.
In the central area there're two monuments: the stone one and the Les Braves metal sculpture on sand. Further inland is a good Memorial museum within a walking distance.
After that, drive eastwards along the coast where're several smaller monuments and two German bunkers - WN 60 and WN 62. Right by them is the American cemetery, a monumental one paying tributes to all the victims.
Written December 21, 2021
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Leslie S
Council Bluffs, IA5 contributions
11 friends from the US traveled via train from Pairs to Bayeux on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, where we met out guide, Mike van den Dobbelsteen of Allied Victory Tours. After several email exchanges Mike planned the perfect Normandy trip. The transportation he arranged was quite comfortable. Mike was an extraordinary guide in the Normandy area. We visited Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and Pointe du Hoc. His wealth of knowledge of WWII history, and in particular the Normandy area, is outstanding. We thought we knew quite a bit about this history, however Mike enhanced our understanding of such a monumental place in history. If you are looking for an educational, emotional, moving visit to the Normandy
area, please contact Mike to be your guide. He is the best.
Written October 27, 2021
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand19,410 contributions
The beach has a memorial at the top of the beach by the parking lot. We drove here from Mont Saint Michael. The memorial is quite interesting with cared words and a carved picture on the side. On the beach there is another memorial called Les Braves. The sculpture looks like swords coming up from the sand. It was quite nice to look at.
We also walked along the beach for a bit on the sand. There were quite a few wooden pairs buried in the beach. It was quite something to look at knowing that this was a site of war. We were there during the winter so it was very quiet and the few people about were mostly around the memorial and sculpture. It was a bit far from the city but quite an interesting drive.
Written May 18, 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC664 contributions
Many many young men died here in 1944. It's a serene scene now with a few eateries, walking areas, and monuments. The worst of the D-Day carnage took place here. Take your time to park, walk, explore, and reflect. Highly recommend reading ahead about the D-Day landings, especially Omaha Beach. Although it was the bloodiest landing beach, the brave souls who made their way up and over the surrounding hills were also the fastest to push their way inland and liberate their French
Written March 16, 2022
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dvorac4
USA621 contributions
Beach is a wide, sandy, flat beach that does stretch for a long distance. A road runs along the beach, with some beach cafes and homes, behind which are slight hills on which you can still spot the cement German bunkers from which the Nazis shot at the American infantry landing on the beach. I had not anticipated the extent to which it is a beach for people to enjoy, like any other beach, vs. being hallowed, protected ground. Since it was, appropriately, a cool overcast windy day, there weren’t any people on the beach so that made it more meaningful. It was very somber to walk along this beach and to think about what happened here; we continued to envision the landing from “Saving Private Ryan” movie. The dichotomy between the quiet empty gray beach of this day and the chaotic, noisy, tragic battle landing of 1944 was very sobering. I felt very honored to be there.
Written March 28, 2022
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,454 contributions
Omaha Beach was not what we expected. After parking up the road a ways and walking down to the small town near the shore, I knew that we weren't going to find gun emplacements, barbed wire, and other direct evidence of the horrors encountered on this stretch of beach 75 years prior. But we didn't expect a gorgeous, tranquil expanse of golden sand stretching as far as the eye could see, with a beach road lined with quaint houses.

But that is exactly what we found, and the images of families at play and children laughing was a reminder that time heals--not all wounds, but certainly many of the physical ones that war inflicts upon the landscape.
Written July 5, 2020
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Glen G
Josselin, France122 contributions
What a beautiful beach that has miles of soft sand, it’s so hard to imagine that so many people gave their lives so that people like us can enjoy the freedom of it.

I saw a little boy making sandcastles and having great fun, oblivious to the history of where he was digging, but one day he will know.

The memorial is outstanding and a permanent reminder of how fortunate we really are.

It’s a beautiful place, but I for one could feel an underlying sadness in the area.
Written March 24, 2022
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Wanderlust3483
592 contributions
Everything about this beach is stunning- from the beach itself to the memorials and watching how people experience the beach today (playing in the water, walking their dogs, overall just enjoying their day). A very moving reminder of the sacrifices that were made. Give yourself enough time to spend at these memorials and the museum- you need at least a full day to day and a half.
Written April 13, 2020
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA610 contributions
This isn't super easy to find but the best place to visit the beach is to the east of American cemetery. There are a few monuments on the walk down to the beach as well as some old german bunkers. Feel free to walk all the way down to the beach. It's not that far. Most folks don't go down this far. However, you will be able to go right down to the water where there's another small monument. It is a pretty impressive view.

You can also drive a bit to the west where the bloodiest fighting was. There is a large monument there. However, there's a sea wall there and a small town. If it's high tide you will only be able to stand on the sea wall. It's not quite as impressive as further to the east.
Written March 29, 2020
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