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Visit of the American cemetery of Omaha Beach

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.

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Duration: 2 h.

The entrance to the cemetery

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The entrance to the cemetery
Like all American cemeteries the place is very well maintained.

The ruperts

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The ruperts
The museum located inside the cemetery tells the story of the landing. On the picture you can see a dummy (ruperts) which was used to deceive the German defenders by making them believe in a massive drop of soldiers.

Path to the beach

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Path to the beach
From the cemetery a path leads down to the beach.

Omaha Beach

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Omaha Beach
The beach is very beautiful and peaceful. It is hard to imagine the fights that took place here.

The beach to climb

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The beach to climb
The Americans were stuck on the beach. The Germans were firing from the heights.

The American Cemetery

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The American Cemetery
There are 9387 bodies that lie in the cemetery, they were killed during the battle of Normandy.

Veterans pose in front of the Niland brothers' grave.

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Veterans pose in front of the Niland brothers' grave.
The 4 NILAND brothers enlisted to fight: Robert, Preston, Francis land in Omaha in different units. Edward was a crew member in a plane in the Pacific. Robert died on June 6 at Ste Mère Église and Preston on Utah Beach, while Edward was reported missing in the Pacific. This is the story that inspired the movie "Private Ryan".

Memorial

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Memorial
At the entrance of the cemetery is a monument recalling the fighting of the Second World War.

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