The Normandy landing on D Day represents the largest naval battle and landing of History. The Allies worked closely together to liberate France from the German occupation. However, each Allied country had its specific mission and strategy to success together. Discover the British and Canadian sector.
WHAT TO SEE?
Although the region of Normandy offers many iconic war zones, museums and memorials, the strategic zone of the British and Canadians Armies has their own main sights.
The coastal battery at Longues sur Mer : it’s a zone between the American and the British sectors, where the German established their Atlantic Wall. In this land next to the English Channel, you will find the original German war machines and bunkers, which mission was to shoot down the allied naval fleet.
The artificial harbor of Arromanches: a ingenious idea promoted by the Allies. The region was lacking in ports where to disembark the troops and overall the tanks, cars and artillery, so they decided to built their own harbor in Arromanches! Built by the British, it was the key for getting the victory in Normandy.
Bayeux: the main objective of the British and Canadian sector after their landing on Gold Beach. Conquering this place wasn’t easy, since the Germans offered a huge resistance, but on 7th June of 1944, Bayeux became the first freed city of Europe.
Juno and Sword Beaches: close one to each other, they were the beaches were the Canadians and Bristish landed. The Canadians’ objective was to cut the road between the cities of Caen and Bayeux, after they have linked up with the British in Gold Beach.
The Pegasus Bridge: the night before D-day landing, some airborne British divisions were ordered to destroy a few bridges in order to isolate the Germans in the region. The case of the Pegasus Bridge was more of a psychological battle than a battle itself.
Last but not least, the Military Cemeteries: organized according to the different nationalities, there are a particularly moving testimony of the sacrifice these soldiers did to restore peace worldwide. You might even be able to find one of your ancestor lying there.
HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?
The Normandy landing represents the beginning of the restoration of democracy in Europe and the liberation of France and other countries. That’s why Normandy is worldwide known nowadays. The whole region offers many museums and memorial to visitors, like the D-Day Museum in Bayeux or the Caen Memorial.
It is highly recommended to take a guided tour to see the British and Canadian sectors, since it will allow you to understand the key events in a better way, as well as to discover interesting information about the WWII and the region. Even with very well informative signs, the remains of the war do not speak for themselves indeed. Most of the guided tours are departing from Bayeux or Caen.