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.
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
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.
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.