Pointe Du Hoc

D-Day - 1944

Special Anniversary Tour Over Four Days - June 4th-7th 2018

or Festival Tour Over Three Days - June 8th-10th 2018

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D-Day   in   English   but   known   as   Jour   J   in   France.   The   6th   of   June   1944, Operation    Neptune,    the   Allied    invasion    of    Normandy,    was    to    be    and remains    the    largest    seaborne    invasion    in    history,    and    then    Operation Overlord   saw   more   than   three   million   allied   troops   were   in   France   by   the end of August.  Alarmed   by   the   raids   on   St   Nazaire   and   Dieppe   in   1942,   Hitler   ordered   the construction   of   fortifications   all   along   the   Atlantic   coast,   from   Spain   to Norway,   to   protect   against   an   expected   Allied   invasion.   He   envisioned 15,000   emplacements   manned   by   300,000   troops,   but   due   to   shortages, particularly   of   concrete   and   manpower,   most   of   the   strongpoints   were never   built. As   it   was   expected   to   be   the   site   of   the   invasion,   Pas   de   Calais was   heavily   defended.   In   the   Normandy   area,   the   best   fortifications   were only concentrated at the port facilities at Cherbourg and Saint-Malo. The   decision   to   undertake   a   cross-channel   invasion   in   1944   was   taken   in Washington   in   May   1943,   and   the   Normandy   coast   was   chosen   as   the   site of   the   invasion.   The Americans   were   assigned   to   land   at   Utah   and   Omaha Beaches,   the   British   at   Sword   and   Gold   Beaches,   and   Canadians   at   Juno Beach.    In    the    preparatory    phase    the    Allied    Expeditionary    Air    Force undertook   over   3,200   photo   reconnaissance   sorties   from   April   1944   until the   start   of   the   invasion,   and   an   appeal   for   holiday   pictures   and   postcards of Europe announced on the BBC received over ten million items. Along   a   front   of   50   miles   an   airborne   assault   from   1,200   aircraft   preceded an   amphibious   assault   involving   1,213   warships,   4,126   landing   craft   of various    types,    736    ancillary    craft,    and    864    merchant    vessels.    Nearly 185,000   troops   crossed   the   English   Channel   on   6   June.   The   men   landed under   heavy   fire   from   gun   emplacements   overlooking   the   beaches,   and the   shore   was   mined   and   covered   with   obstacles   such   as   wooden   stakes, metal   tripods,   and   barbed   wire,   making   the   work   of   the   beach   clearing teams   difficult   and   dangerous.   Casualties   were   heaviest   at   Omaha,   with   its high   cliffs.   At   Gold,   Juno,   and   Sword,   several   fortified   towns   were   cleared in house-to-house fighting. Using   a   well   equipped   campsite   just   meters   from   the   edge   of   Gold   Beach you   will   experience   the   same   sand   and   tides   that   bore   witness   to   horrific casualties   on   the   first   day   of   the   invasion,   but   gave   the   allies   a   foothold   on the European mainland. We   will   travel   along   the   length   of   the   invasion   front   keeping   away   from   the routes   used   by   those   who   are   unable   to   venture   further   than   the   roadside. We    will    see    the    side    of    Normandy    that    has    changed    little    since    the advancing   soldiers   made   their   way   across   and   through   the   lanes   and farmland. From   the   high   cliffs   and   gun   emplacements   at   Pointe   Du   Hoc,   past   the remains   of   German   gun   batteries   to   the   long   shallow   beaches,   such   as Arromanches   which   still   have   the   remains   of   the   Mulberry   Harbours   sitting on   the   sand   we   will   visit   many   of   the   evocative   and   sometimes   emotional sites   that   now   show   little   sign   of   the   horror   experienced   by   those   young Allied soldiers 73 years ago. To   book,   click   on   the   link   for   your   chosen   date.   We   only   require   a   £100 deposit   per   vehicle   or   full   payment   if   the   tour   is   less   than   eight   weeks away.   Eight   weeks   before   the   tour   we   will   send   you   a   balance   request   and invoice.   Once   the   balance   is   paid   we   will   send   you   an   information   pack including meeting places, times, booking references etc

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