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Army.mil Normandy American Cemetery



After nearly five years of war, by May 1944, around 2,000,000 allied troops had assembled on the south coast of England. They were ready to strike at the throat of NAZI occupied Europe with the greatest planned seaborne invasion in human history.

Warm, cloudless weather had hovered over the English Channel throughout May. Hundreds of dry-runs had been completed and highly detailed plans involving the army, the navy and the air force had been constructed by Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery.

Then plans for the invasion were disturbed. Fog and rain arrived with a sudden front of low pressure in the first week of June.

Eventually, one day late, a short window of fine weather was located and on 6th June 1944 hundreds of thousands of troops stormed the Normandy beaches: the Americans at Omaha and Utah, the British and Canadians at Sword, Gold and Juno.

The invasion established a bridgehead which tore open an allied path that would eventually stretch to Berlin. Many decades later people from all around the world still travel to the beaches to remember and honour the 10,000 troops which were killed during one of the most significant military operations in global history.


Fact File:

  Nearest P&O portCalais
  Area coveredAcross the Normandy coast in the large bay between Le Havre in the east and Cherbourg in the west
  FactMore than 150,000 allied troops were involved in the initial operation. They faced Hitlerís Atlantic Wall: a NAZI line of costal fortifications that had been in construction from 1942 onwards, including pillboxes, bunkers, batteries and minefields.
  Average temperaturesWinter 6C / Summer 16C