Normandy D-Day tours - How WW2 veterans and history buffs travel to France to tour the beaches.
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Ed Mauser, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, travels back to Normandy
Watch repairman Ed Mauser travels back to Normandy to retrace his World War II journey. The last time he jumped in with a parachute during the predawn hours of D-Day invasion. This time, he's taking a ferry. Mauser was a rifleman in the 2nd Platoon of E Company - in the 101st Airborne Division's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment the unit chronicled in the Stephen Ambrose book and miniseries Band of Brothers. "They say the foxholes are still there in Bastogne. If it's true, I'm going into that hole... and have my picture taken in there." Mauser will travel from Easy Company's training base in England on a tour of WWII combat sites.
French D-Day beaches get GPS tour guide - 30 min videos and 500 pictures
A group of local towns in the American sector of the D-Day invasion (Sainte Mere l’Eglise, Utah Beach) has innovated a GPS tour guide of the 1944 invasion beaches. Based on many unpublished visual documents from the U.S. Army and the Caen Memorial, the tour includes 30 minutes of videos and nearly 500 pics. GPS-triggered tour guide offers a first layer of information made of a 3 minutes presentation for each location; then visitors can explore more information, quizzes or a full encyclopedia of the 1944 Allied D-Day invasion. The GPS tour guide (8e) is available at the local tourism office in English and French.
Travelling to D-Day beaches of Normandy possible on any budget
A silent moment on France's most evocative shore, a stroll over once-bloodied Normandy cliffs, a cider with a Frenchman who recalls hearing the D-Day combat as a child, hiding in cellar. Keeping the memory of the D-Day invasion alive doesn't have to be about costly history tours and high-priced museums with re-enacted exhibits. Just being there, on the Normandy beaches still filled with ruined pillboxes and among the gravestones, makes for a lasting memory. For ordinary visitors, straitened financial times don't mean Normandy is off-limits. Walking along the beaches can bring D-Day alive, and investing in one good tour or museum will fill in the details.
Travelling to Normandy: 2009 marks the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings
When the Allies invaded Normandy in 1944 the locals would have cheered military vehicles as they passed by. Today, one of those military vehicles is getting just looks of bemusement. In the aftermath of June 6, 1944 the allies didn't drove through Normandy blasting out patriotic songs - which is what we are doing. US GMC vehicle we're in is provided by the D-Day Academy, a group offering expert guided tours of the battlegrounds, including Pegasus Bridge, where a glider assault seized a vital crossing over the River Orne. The 65th anniversary of the June 6 invasion will probably be the last big chance to say thank you to the surviving veterans.
D-Day tour on the beaches of Normandy
For those with a passion for military history, not to mention war stories, a tour of Normandy's D-Day landing beaches offers a seaside break with a difference. Whether you're looking for a boys' own holiday adventure or would like to retrace the footsteps of your ancestors who fought in world war 2, a tour of the museums, memorials and military cemeteries along the northern French coast makes for a memorable experience. For an independent tour, hire a car and follow the coast road to Sword, Juno, Gold and Omaha beaches, Utah beach is just a little further afield. Off Gold beach you can see the remains of the floating Mulberry Harbour.
The D-Day dead at an American cemetery - Locating WWII grave sites
Omaha Beach was the landing beach where Allied forces suffered the biggest casualties on D-Day. And many soldiers laid to rest at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial died on that beach. Today, it's hard to imagine the chaos and heroism on June 6, 1944. A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, however, brings into focus the magnitude of the D-Day invasion. Anyone planning to visit the grave of a relative should use the services of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Their online databases can be searched by name for an exact grave site, and staff can help with travel routes and accommodations.
Pedaling Normandy's epic landscape - Historic D-Day area
In Dec 1944, as the Allies chased Adolf Hitler's troops out of France 7 months after the D-Day invasion, German Lieutenant Colonel Jochen Peiper, commander of the 1st SS Panzer Division Regiment, complained that the roads the fuhrer had assigned to him "were not for tanks, but for bicycles." Riding our bicycles through Normandy more than 60 years later, we were able to make better use of the little roads. We pedaled through this historic area, stopping to visit bunkers, cemeteries, and memorials to the soldiers who fought here to end Nazi tyranny. We had come to steep ourselves in World War II history while enjoying a biking holiday.
New Aerial View of World War II Offered in Specialised Tours
The London-based tour operator offers guided aerial tours of historic World War II landmarks: the beaches of Normandy stormed by Allied forces on D-Day. Accompanied by a military expert guide, the tour flies over Portsmouth Harbour, where General Eisenhower's headquarters were stationed and across the English Channel to the Normandy Invasion Beaches. Dramatic views of D-Day's historic landmarks can be witnessed from low-altitude, including: Omaha beach - where the U.S 1st infantry division and 29th infantry division came ashore and The Pointe du Hoc cliffs - scaled by 2 U.S Rangers on D-Day.