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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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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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The Last Flight of the Dinah Might

A few years ago, working as the Interpretive Guide at the Utah beach museum I had the honor to welcome Theodore Harris, son of Captain R.T. Harris who flew the B26-Martin Marauder “Dinah Might” above Germany on his last mission.  

Theodore Harris agreed that the story of his father be published on the Normandy American Heroes blog. Discover the story behind the story!

 

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The Best 2017 Events, Fairs and Festivals in Normandy, France

Normandy provides holidaymakers all year long with events featuring music, arts, heritage, local traditions and more! While organizing your tour with Normandy American Heroes why not combine it with one of the numerous events we have chosen worthwhile for our guests to see in 2017?

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The Best Outdoor Activities In Normandy, France

Normandy provides holidaymakers with a breath of fresh air, in every sense of the word – a unique combination of coastline and countryside to delight nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike.

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This World War II Veteran's Speech Will Remind You of America's Greatness

Charles Wilson, a member of the 4th Infantry Division, gave this speech on June 5th, 2015 at the 71st International D-Day Commemorations where I was honored to be the Master of Ceremony. His speech, which you can read below, if a reminder of how important it is to fight for freedom around the world. - Rudy Passera, Founder and Interprative Guide of Normandy American Heroes.

My name is Charles E. Wilson from Carlisle, Kentucky and I am a Veteran of World War II. I am 89 years old, and was just 18 years old in 1943 when I registered for the draft.

I was contacted three days later and told that I would be sent for a physical examination to become a soldier in the United States Army from 1943 until the end of the war.

We lived on the fast-track during Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After training I was sent to England where I was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division just five days before D-Day invasion of Normandy.

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The American Actors of D-Day

 The American-led invasion of Normandy on D-Day was a complicated affair. In this post, we explore the different branches of the American military and how they worked together to defeat Axis forces on that infamous day in history.

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