2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day
It is hard to imagine that the now-tranquil shores of Normandy’s beaches were once the site of the largest amphibious military invasion in history. It was here that the tide of war was turned, where so many gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty. Determined to carry out General Eisenhower’s order—“Full victory—nothing else”—soldiers from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and many other Allied nations fought fearlessly against the entrenched forces, decisively weakening the occupying armies and setting the Allies on a path towards victory.
STEP INTO HISTORY
On June 6, 1944, the World War II liberation of Europe began. An armada of 5,000 vessels crossed the English Channel, carrying more than 150,000 men and nearly 3,000 vehicles. The night before the invasion, more than 800 planes loaded with parachute regiments took off from British bases—and went on to drop more than 13,000 men behind enemy lines. In advance of the battle, more than 300 planes flew over the coast of Normandy, pounding its once-peaceful shores with more than 10,000 bombs. And the Allies landed on the five beaches that we now know by their code names: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
In all—throughout the next several weeks of Operation Overlord—three million troops arrived aboard 7,000 ships and 13,000 fighter planes, including the 23,000 men who descended from the skies by parachute.
DURING AN INCLUDED TOUR
On your full day excursion to the Normandy beaches, you’ll visit the infamous World War II sites that played such a crucial role toward the end of the war. See Omaha Beach, the western-most coastal stretch that served as a landing site and where the American forces suffered the greatest human losses … Point du Hoc, the 100-foot-high cliff from which the Germans gained an advantage … and the American Cemetery, where more than 9,000 U.S. troops—most of whom died during the Normandy invasion—were laid to rest.