Utah Beach: D-Day invasion area in 1944 and touring the location today.
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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 Based on many unpublished visual documents from the U.S. Army and the Caen Memorial, the tour includes 30 minutes of videos and nearly 500 pics.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.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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US Navy honored for World War II role on Utah Beach in France
The U.S. Navy was honored for its key role in the WWII invasion that helped push the Allies to victory. Hundreds of American sailors in full military uniform and French well-wishers (and a few WWII Navy veterans) joined U.S. and French officials on Utah Beach for the introduction of Normandy's first monument honouring the sacrifices of U.S. sailors in the conflict against Nazi Germany. The U.S. Navy Monument at Normandy features a 12-foot bronze statue of a Navy captain and two sailors overlooking the beach, where a 5,000-vessel fleet landed on June 6, 1944, and let loose 156,000 soldiers in a massive assault known as D-Day.
Normandy's charm offensive - WW2 tank trap still dominates Utah Beach
It could be any beachside hamlet overlooking the English Channel: Except it's Normandy, scene of one of the bloodiest battles of WW2. All along the invasion beaches, immortalised by their code names of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, war is still present: Recently a shell caused a beach evacuation. In water only the remains of the mulberry, towed from Britain in 1944, survive the force of the waves. There is the stream of Allied and German veterans visiting their memorials, plus travellers whose interest is sparked by films like Saving Private Ryan, The Longest Day and the Band of Brothers mini-series.
WWII vehicles retrace Patton's route from D-Day Utah beach
A convoy of World War II military vehicles has set off from D-Day Utah Beach to retrace the steps of the Allied forces. Some 250 Americans, Britons, Canadians, French and Belgians mounted original WWII-era trucks and other vehicles for the 713-mile tour through Normandy and northern France. The trip started Monday and wraps up July 23 at a ceremony at General George S. Patton's tomb at the American military cemetery. The path follows the itinerary of General Patton's famous Third Army. One veteran is taking part: Belgian Maurice Sperandieu, who joined Patton's force as a teenager during the Liberation.
Hidden for 60 years: the Nazi bunker found by an amateur historian
A secret underground military complex abandoned by the Nazis as allied forces stormed Normandy after D-day has been found by an English amateur historian. He came across the series of bunkers that had lain untouched for more than 60 years after buying a second world war map from an old American soldier. Armed with his map he visited the area near the Normandy beaches of Utah and Omaha, where he found the entrance to the military complex hidden under bramble bushes. He was astonished to discover a labyrinth of bunkers, control rooms and equipment abandoned by the Germans.