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A visit to Omaha Beach where the fighting was most intense on D-Day.
This visit allows you to see the landing beach of Omaha Beach as well as the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer located right next to it. Omaha Beach was very difficult to conquer for the Americans, they even thought for a moment to stop the landing. Across the beach were 2000 hardened German defenders. The Americans lost more than 1000 men on that day.
As a reminder, the battle of the Somme during the First World War caused much higher losses: 700 men in half an hour! 19 000 dead for the first day of fighting !
You can visit a small free museum (the visitor center) on the site which recalls the different stages of the landing. The site is a concession of France to the United States, it is beautifully maintained.