JEEP TOUR

British West & American East Sector

tour of 3 hours and half

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Starting Point: Bayeux

During the Second World War, Bayeux was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on June 16th, 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux in which he made clear that France sided with the Allies. Bayeux was virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies.
Bayeux is a major tourist attraction, best known to British and French visitors for the Bayeux tapestry, made to commemorate events in the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. According to the legend, the tapestry was made by Queen Mathilda, wife of William the Conqueror. In fact, it may have been designed and woven in England. It is displayed in a museum in the town centre. The large Norman-Romanesque and Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, consecrated in 1077, was arguably the original home of the tapestry where William’s half-brother Odo of Bayeux (represented on the tapestry with a wooden club at the Battle of Hastings), would have had it displayed.

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The German battery

The German Battery at Longues sur mer takes part in the German fortifications, called the Atlantic Wall, which goes from Norway to Spain.

Built in 1943 and practically intact, you will be able to see and fully understand why strategically, it was primordial for the Allies to take that battery.

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Port en bessin

Liberated by No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commando on June 7th, this nice fishing port marks the limit between the British sector and the American sector.

Port-en-Bessin had been chosen by the Allies to become the main port for fuel deliveries to Normandy until Cherbourg would be liberated. Codenamed PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean or Pipeline Underwater Transport of Oil), the ‘minor system’ became operational two weeks after D-Day and kept working until the ‘major system’ was put in place in Cherbourg in September of 1944.

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The U.S. Cemetery

The American cemetery will bring you closer to these young men and women who left their native land to fight for freedom one morning of June 1944.

9,387 tombs and 1,557 names of missing soldiers are engraved forever in a monument that will remind us of their ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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Omaha Beach

The sand of Omaha Beach will allow you to walk in the steps of the American soldiers who sacrificed their lives at the heart of the attack of the V Corps made up of the 29th division of infantry “blue & grey” as well as the first infantry division, more often known under the name of “big red one”.

This cliff-framed beach was the most unfavourable of the five landing beaches for a landing. The first companies are decimated and the human losses are extreme. This beach will bear the name of Bloody Omaha.

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Prices: 330 Euros (3 adults or 2 adults + 2 childs)
Starting possibility in Bayeux, from your hotel or the train station!
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