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On June 6, 1944, Normandy made history by becoming the greatest battlefield of all time.

Open-air museum, the Historical Area of ​​the Battle of Normandy brings the three departments of Calvados, Manche and Orne all sites, museums and memorial sites that deal with the D-Day and the offensive that followed.

Clearly signposted "Normandie Terre - Liberté", eight time courses allow you to discover places full of history and understanding how this huge battle which depended the outcome of World War II.

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Borrowing the name - Overlord - that gave the Allies plans and military apparatus linked to landing, this route aims to explore the many places and events that have marked the day of 6 June 1944 in the Anglo-Canadian.


Structured around the U.S. offensive this term leads to Carentan to Bayeux since the infamous Omaha Beach, scene of a terrible battle, until the capture of St. Lo and Carentan.

It reflects the violent battles including "Bloody Omaha" or, at dawn on D-Day, the assault waves of the First Infantry Division ran into stubborn resistance of German troops and the Pointe du Hoc, took place the heroic exploit of Colonel Rudder Rangers.


To supply the troops landed, the Allies have a vital need, a deep water port. The primary objective of U.S. troops on the beach of Utah Beach and around Sainte-Mere-Eglise is to take the port of Cherbourg. "The Circuit" Objective - A Port "stakes out the sites that were the route of General Collins and the 7th Corps towards Cherbourg.


From Bénouville this route complements the course Overlord - Onslaught and can track progress very difficult allied troops to the south and consolidating their bridgehead.


July 25, 1944, the Allies decided to launch Operation Cobra. This operation, conducted by the U.S. General Patton, aims to reach Avranches along the coast to open the front on the west to free Britain, bypassing the south German troops preparing and taking in a pincer in the Falaise pocket.


The Germans were surprised by the breakthrough of Avranches. Hitler then ordered to commit an offense against-which aims to cut the rear third of its newly formed U.S. Army came into Britain.

The offensive took place at Mortain, it is then that the cons-attack.


This route that goes from Alencon to the Eagle for understanding how narrowed from the south, the trap designed to encircle the German forces in mid-August trying to leave Normandy.


From Caen, this course is the phase where the Allied offensives converged on what was the battlefield of the most decisive Battle of Normandy, the Falaise pocket - Chambois, before joining the Eagle whose release opened the road from the Seine to the Allied armies.

On Tuesday, August 22, Poles and Americans entering Chambois, completing the Falaise pocket and thus ending the Battle of Normandy.