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E Travel Omaha : All 5 Normandy beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah) – Travel Vlog Day #110

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All 5 Normandy beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah) – Travel Vlog Day #110

All 5 Normandy beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah) - Travel Vlog Day #110

DAY 110 // October 19, 2017 // Normandy, France

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In one day, we visited all 5 Normandy D-day beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah)

I thought it would be a day of sadness (like our Aushwitz day: https://youtu.be/Gv1B8Z0rTyo), but instead it was a day full of hope and a feeling of freedom. Thank you to all of our military who have given us freedom.

American beaches start at 5:44.

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6 Comments

  1. I'm sorry, but the very fact you had to 'wikipedia' D-day to find out it wasn't just one big battle I think sums up America's knowledge of ww2.

  2. It certainly needed a lot of planning because it's very difficult to invade from the sea (which is why the UK has never been successfully invaded since 1066, and even then it helped the Normans that the English army was very tired after spending 3 weeks marching down from Yorkshire after defeating the previous invasion attempt up there). The defenders can be solidly dug in on land and fire at the invaders while they struggle ashore.

    So what you want if you're going to try it is a huge invading army, so you can do it by sheer superiority of numbers because you know there will be massive casualties on the first day. It couldn't have been done successfully without the USA joining in in a big way and planning it together with the British. So a huge thanks to your country for that.

    And as you mentioned, the UK got the Dominions to join in so there were Canadians, Aussies and Kiwis there too. Plus others – oh yes, Poles, I live not far from an RAF base that had a Polish squadron based there. The more unfair we could make it in terms of numbers, the better! And then of course you need enough ships to get them all to Normandy for an all-out assault on D-Day. And once they're there they need more food, ammunition and other supplies. Gotta think of all that! And this is what the Mulberry harbours were for.

    In the Falklands War of 1982, the British successfully recaptured the islands by landing on the other side of East Falkland which the Argentines weren't defending, then marching right across it towards the capital. "Going round the back" levelled the odds when they finally encountered Argentine troops. But that wasn't an option in 1944. The only way was to bash into Normandy head on across a wide front. Effectively there was no undefended coast the combined armies could have headed for.

    When I was 11, my junior school did a "school journey" there. Previously they'd always done it to somewhere on the edge of Paris, but for the first time in 1976 or 1977 they did it to Normandy instead and we stayed at Villages Vacances Famille in Colleville-sur-Mer on Omaha Beach. We hadn't actually studied the period in history so being dragged around all the military cemeteries made rather less sense at the time than it does remembering it later.

    I don't remember the museum at the American cemetery (it looks so new it probably wasn't there 40 years ago) but the structure at 9:30, absolutely, I took photos, and the rest of the cemetery looks very familiar. Kind of the least you can do is that they ARE remembered by name on each gravestone if the body could be identified. Usually easy for American soldiers because they wear dog tags.

    Which I mention because we also visited the German cemetery at La Cambe, where a remarkable number of graves are identified only as "Ein Deutscher Soldat". If they'd had dog tags, there would be a lot less like that. Of course we "did" the British war cemetery at Bayeux as well. And if you're a Brit in Bayeux, you can't possibly miss seeing the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the Norman Conquest in 1066 in embroidered cartoon strip form. Now that was something we HAD learned about at school! There was also a plan to visit the dairy at Isigny, which produces very high quality butter, cream and cheese, but that didn't happen – I forget why.

    La Pointe du Hoc – we went there too (and remember h always silent in French!) Scaling the cliffs is why that job was given to the Rangers.

    Thanks for reminding me of the trip! I can't imagine many schools doing this – mine was very unusual in having a French teacher who was actually French, so we started learning the language at the age of 8 So by the time of O level exams at 16, I'd been learning it for half my life. I was the best in the school at it, at least I could say things in a pretty good French accent because I LISTENED to Mme Gilman and copied her. So in 1977 the school production was "Les Fables de La Fontaine". 4 of Aesop's fables in mime, I was the narrator, I had to do a Marcel Marceau mime act to come on stage dressed entirely in black except for white gloves,, then read the stories in French while they were acted. Goodness knows what parents thought of it.

    My German ex says about my German, "you have a good accent, pity you don't know more words!" Same thing – I LISTEN and I copy what I hear.

  3. here, in France, we remenber the sacrifice of those young guys who fought for our liberty and we celebrate their memories on 6th June for ever…. we will never forget!

  4. Hiya. Normal sightseeing I would have limits for, Lisa, but I have no time limits when it comes to these WW2 areas or even those of WW1, but then I'm an oldie (I don't know if that makes a difference, really, but it seems to these days). I was crying like a kid, though, when you sang that poignant verse (or should I say chorus?) – and I'm a Brit! The words go right through your very being.

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