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World War Two, Normandy and More

Rodolphe Passera

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Announcing the Normandy American Heroes Booth at the 2018 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

What's on your bucket list?

Normandy American Heroes - WWII specialist of the ETOUSA (European Theater of Operations United States Army) - will be the 1st European Company to have a stand at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show, the largest travel show in the United States, at the LA Convention Center on February 24th and 25th of 2018.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to have a face to face meeting with Rudy Passera, owner of Normandy American Heroes & WWII Interpretive Specialist Guide, to help you choose the unique, unforgettable WWII European Tour that you will cherish for years to come!

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How to Find a Safe and Legal Private Tour Guide In France

To ensure you travel safely in Normandy we believe you must be aware of French Legislation.

Why? Because it could have a disastrous impact rendering your trip to Normandy a real nightmare.

How? By choosing a company which does not comply with the law. 

What then? Normandy American Heroes has decided to share with you the documents, safety equipment etc… that must be aboard the vehicle you decide to take.

To conclude, you will find at the end of this blog the sanctions that the driver could have and how this could directly impact negatively your journey, especially if the vehicle is grounded!

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The Best Way to Travel from Paris to Normandy


Bayeux (Normandy – France), the headquarters of Normandy American Heroes, is the perfect stopover to discover the historical sites of WWII if you are planning to stay a minimum of two nights. For a longer stay, let us tailor your trip to Normandy…and beyond.


In order to help you plan your trip, here are the best options to get from Paris to Normandy.

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Topics: Normandy

The Story of John Steele, the Sainte-Mère-Eglise Paratrooper

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Topics: World War 2

Normandy: The Phoenix Rises From Its Ashes

Chapel of Mortain - Hill 314

For 48 hours the sector of the Cotentin was calm. The capture, then the immediate evacuation of Saint-Germain-sur-Sèves: nothing to report. Near and around Saint-Lô, all was quiet. All the weight and the fracas of the battle seemed to take place in the English sector of Calvados.

But it was the calm that preceded the storm. It began with formidable aerial attacks; the communiqué stated that 3000 bombers shelled the enemy positions in the Cotentin for two hours.

Operation Cobra had just begun.

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The Great Battle: Saint-Lo, Normandy in Ruins

Marble of Thorigny

Cherbourg was taken the 27th of June 1944, when the harbor long reconstruction began. A few weeks later the heavy equipment finally will commence to be unloaded… This won’t slow down nor stop the artificial port of Utah beach to remain operational, on the contrary!

Utah Gooseberry harbor achieved the incredible engineering feat of unloading more than 730,000 tons of supplies, 225,000 vehicles and 840,000 American soldiers, all before the winter of 1944. In the late 60’s, an Italian company specializing in recycling steel scrapped everything off the coast of Utah beach, which is why you don't see anything standing there today.

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Topics: Normandy

1944: German Soldiers in Normandy Struggle

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Normans and Germans: A History of Shameful Collaboration 

For four long years, the people of Normandy had no choice but to live with the Germans.

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The Cotentin Peninsula: Liberated, But At What Cost?


The Marshall plan, which was presented to the Cotentin Peninsula in 1947, brought some relief to the people there.

Here is the previously untold story of Dday to the fall of Cherbourg (6 – 27 June 1944), recounted by local civilians.

June 1944! In the last few weeks, bombing and strafing had intensified throughout France: communication nodes, railways, and major industrial centers were frequently visited by allied aviation, which was rising, stronger each time, against the onslaught of German power.

In the last few days, the Norman region and the north of France were subject to increasingly frequent raids, their violence escalating as time passed; we had the impression that this time it was the famous "Atlantic wall" (and why not the Manche department too?) that was more specifically targeted, and decisive and painful hours were yet to come.

At the beginning of June, no one doubted the impending attack on "Fortress Europe."

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The Story of Bayeux: City of Art and History


The decision to make the Calvados (Omaha & Gold)  the principal place of the allied landing should have condemned the beautiful city of Bayeux to death.

As a modern visitor, you might imagine that you'd see a new city in place of the ruins of Bayeux, a city with great arteries intersecting at right angles, lined with modern constructions and focusing its perspectives on a considerably restored cathedral, like the ones in Caen, Le Havre, Rouen, Lisieux, or Saint Lo, to name just a few… but, fortunately, that is not so!

The events of June 1944 had the sole consequence of creating a magnificent peripheral boulevard built by the English troops, a boulevard that spared the city from devastation: The famous By Pass.

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Topics: Normandy

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Normandy American Heroes provides custom World War II tours of Normandy and beyond. On our blog, we write about World War II, things to do in Normandy and much more.

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