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D Day. Their stories are our History

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Today the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day. ParisByM joins the international homage. Because their stories became our History.

Operation Neptune

The Operation Neptune is the assault phase of wider Operation Overlord, whose goal was to open a new front in the West.

It included several phases: preparatory air and naval bombardments of the German coastal defences, airborne operations the night before crossing the Channel by thousands of ships, parachuting of thousands of Americans on the morning of June 6th and finally landing of Allied troops on the Utah Beach and Omaha Beach for Americans, Gold Beach and Juno Beach for Canadians, and Sword Beach for Anglo-Canadians and French Forces.

Operation Overlord

The successful operation Neptune, and more generally of Operation Overlord, owes much to the success of Operation Fortitude, code name of the operation of disinformation and diversion of the Allies : not only were they able to hide the actual place of the invasion from the German General Staff; but they also succeeded in fooling the Germans, by letting them believe it was only a secondary landing diversion, so that they would not send major reinforcements to Normandy, what could have derail the invasion. Along with the diversion organised by the Russian army on the eastern front, this led to a dispersion and confusion of the army of the Reich.

The number of dead is unfortunately up to greatness of the events : on the 287 000 persons who boarded the ships of the allies on D-Day, 156 115 soldiers and paratroopers had succeeded into entering  Normandy by the evening of June 6th, but losses amounted to more than 10 500 troops on the Allied side, against 10,000 men on the side of the German forces. U.S. lost nearly 3,000 men, including 2,500 on Omaha Beach, Canadians lost more than 2100, including Juno, and more than 1,000 British soldiers died on Sword and Gold Beach.

It is above all the sacrifice of these men and of their fellow survivors that the world honors and thanks today.

American cemetery in Normandy

To commemorate: a duty, to understand and be moved.

Bundeskanzler Kohl in Frankreich 1984 / Gedenken der gefallenen Soldaten in VerdunCommemorations are essential to keep alive the memory of the past. In addition to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings today, the world also commemorates this year the beginning of the First World War. The duty of memory is particularly important for the young generations who were lucky enough not to know war, and it is for seniors to share their memories. We remember the strong image left by the French President Francois Mitterand and his German counterpart Helmut Kohl during the tribute to the dead of the Great War in Douaumont on September 22, 1984. Their posture, hand in hand, marked the public imagination. Today, how can we pass on to our children the memory of our past?

To visit memorials is a strong family experience. To see parents, or even grandparents, explaining history to young children is particularly moving.

If you want to visit Normandy, the museum of the landing at Utah Beach, the Omaha Beach Memorial, the Juno Beach Centre, the American, Canadian, British, German, Polish and French cemeteries, and more than 35 other places will make you relive the History. In the Somme, the Meuse or in Alsace-Lorraine, the high places of the First World War also awaits you: the Australian National Memorial, the Museum of the Great War, the ossuary and the Fort in Douaumont, the trenches of bayonets, the “destroyed villages”…Theses places and other are witnesses of History. And even when staying in Paris, you can take part in the public homage: the Memorial on the Mont Valerian, the Museum of the Resistance and the Liberation of Paris, or the flame under the Arc of Triumph, places to meditate and transmit memories are many. Whether in Paris or outside, ParisByM may include these visits and excursions in the organization of your stay, as in the historical trip for instance. Because it is important to remember. Because their story has become our History.

Veterans of the French Air Force about to rekindle the flame of the Unknown Soldier

 
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DID YOU KNOW IT ? 

Every evening at 6.20 pm, a new regiment has the honor to rekindle the flame of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc of Triumph. Very popular with tourists who have the chance to be there on the right moment.

TO GO FURTHER ON THE SUBJECT

Official website of the Battle of Normandy
Places of remembrance in France

 

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