Visiting the D Day Battlefields while you are staying at Le Fournet

Omaha Beach was the scene of the bloodiest fighting on D Day. Le Fournet is just a few minutes from Omaha and the excellent museum. No visit to Le Fournet would be complete without viewing probably the most historic beach in the world and the awe inspiring American cemetery that overlooks it.

A life long military archaeologist, your host Tony Graves, will be pleased to guide you around Point du Hoc, Omaha beach and the American and German cemeteries.
Please let us know in advance if you wish us to arrange a local tour, for which a nominal additional fee is charged.

Le Fournet is ideally situated to visit all the invasion beaches and the airborne landing zones. As you wind your way long the now so peaceful coastal road, you can still see evidence of the Longest Day, many of the older houses still carry “spang” marks in the stonework, made by bullets and shrapnel. Most of the churches have rebuilt towers and steeples- the Allies deliberately shelled the high buildings to prevent the Germans using them for snipers or observation posts.
The region has many memorial and museums. The recent 60th anniversary events in June 2004 has heightened interest in the Normandy invasion and many new exhibits opened in 2004.

If you wish to visit these historic sites, large scale maps of the landing areas are available and the distinctive road signs offer the easy to follow “Normandie – Le Debarquement” (Invasion) route from Ste Mere Eglise in the west to Pegasus Bridge on the River Orne.
We will be pleased to suggest places of interest.

There are many excellent guidebooks to the D Day landings, to suit all levels of interest. Don’t worry if you can’t find one in England, they are available in shops, cafés and garages throughout the area.
For the serious enthusiast, we recommend “D Day –Then and Now” by Winston Ramsey. This two volume work gives an incredibly detailed study of the invasion, with many hundreds of comparison photos showing the same spot in modern less turbulent times. It allows the reader to find and visit the exact locations and get a wonderful insight into how “it happened here”.