Normandy

A Trip to the Battlefield - July 2002


During a two week holiday in Calvados, I managed one day on the Normandy Battlefield. The following photographs track our journey from Pegasus Bridge (Assaulted by the British 6th Airbourne Division) through to Arromanches (where the remains of the Mulberry Harbour are still very visible). Our route took us to Colleville-Montgomery, the town where 'Monty' had his headquarters. To 'Sword', La Breche. Then onto 'Juno', Courseulles. Finally 'Gold' at Arromanches. All landing beaches for Second British Army (1 and 3 Corps).

Pegasus Bridge Pegasus Cafe

The 'New' Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Cafe

 

Churchill Tank Monty

Cromwell Tank (Ver Sur Mer)

Monty

Sherman(Avranches)

The floating harbour at Arromanches is a 'must' for any visitor to this battlefields. There are a whole line of concrete casements visible on the skyline. The photograph below shows one of these huge structures on the waterline just below the sea wall. I really hadn't appreciated how much there is to see in this small town.

Arromanches

Remains of Mulberry Harbour At Arromanches

I do not normally dwell in museums. I prefer to 'walk the ground' of a battlefield. However, the museum at Bayeaux (below) is excellent. It is full of marvelous photogaphs many of which I hadn't seen before. Don't forget to visit the Commonwealth war Graves Commission site opposite first.

Memorial & Museum at Bayeaux

St James Cemetery is well worth a detour if you ever travel down to Mont St Michel. The German Cemetery at Mont-de-Huisnes near the Mont is readily accessible also.

U.S. Cemetery St James,Calvados

I feel uneasy about the current state of this battlefield. It is very commercialised with museums everywhere and highly published tourist routes. Places like St Mere Eglise are full of day trippers and rather tacky souvenir shops. However there is plenty of interest to see and all sites are easy to reach.

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