We are more or less aware of the battle of Normandy fought during the second World War on 6th July 1944 by the Allied forces (mainly US,UK and Canada) against Germans. What most of us don’t know is the actual meaning of the word ‘D-Day’. Some assume it is ‘Doom Day’ while some think it is ‘Decision Day’ and this is where it differs from the expected; It is not an abbreviation at all! D-DAY marks the actual day when a military operation is to begin. The following days after D-Day are D+1,D+2… and the earlier days are indicated by D-1, D-2…
Among many other military operations also known as D-Day, June 6th 1944 was by far the largest amphibious invasions of all time. A force of 156000 allies landed along the coast of France’s Normandy region and defeated the Germans.
The D-Day tour company offers an opportunity to live those spine chilling memories of the battle of Normandy and pay respect to the soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the vicious battle.
Ben Trumble the founder and owner of the company is the personal guide for tours.History and art being his passion, Ben Trumble moved to France from England in 1933 and is currently living in a 16th century towered manor which is where the tourists reside while on tour.
The dday tours in Normandy offers a 1 or 2 days touring package that includes accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and drinks. Lunch on the site is a visitor’s own responsibility.
On the first day Ben Trump and the tourists leave for the site as early as 9 a.m.
- The first destination is the ‘Crash site of DC3 where many lives were lost in an airplane crash.
- Next comes the ‘Vicious skirmish’ where the airborne troopers defeated the German soldiers.
- La Fiere Bridge’ on the Merderet river, the fight for which took numerous lives.
- Then comes the ‘Ste Mere Eglise’ and ‘Air Borne Museum’ established in 1964. It is dedicated to the American paratroopers of 82nd and 101st airborne division. The museum currently holds 4500 artifacts used by parachutists,some equipments used by the German army and many other memorabilia worth seeing.
The after-lunch schedule includes:
- A visit to the town of Carentan where the battle of Carentan took place.
- ’The Dead Man’s Corner Museum’ which holds American and German uniforms, letters, equipments etc., from the battle.
- Brecount Manor and The Utah Beach, one of the five sectors of Allied invasions.
- The second day follows the same routine only with in a different route towards the southern beaches.
- ’Pointe Du Hoc’, a raised mass of land with a 100ft cliff overlooking the English Channel on the coast of Normandy later captured by the Allies.
- ’Small Museum’ containing memorabilia from the battlefield and then to ‘Omaha Beach’ another one of the beaches invaded by the Allied force.
- Cemetry- Omaha ‘Colleville Sur Mer’ where lie thousands of deceased warriors.
- Finally the underground visitor center, ‘Gun Battery’, and ‘Graignes’ where the battle of Graignes also a part of the battle of Normandy took place.
A D-Day tour is a must-have experience at least once in a lifetime. You will not be disappointed for sure.