Normandy 2014

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A walking tour of Caen, Normandy

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6th June 2014

In June 2014, WartimeNI visited Normandy during the 70th anniversary of D-Day. A walking tour of Caen took us from Norman occupation to the Allied invasion.

Map showing American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France

American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France

Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy

The American Cemetery at Colleville overlooks Omaha Beach and is the largest allied burial ground in Normandy. This is where 'Saving Private Ryan' begins.

Map showing Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Boulevard Fabian Ware, Bayeux, Normandy

The Battle of Normandy raged in northern France from 6th June to 29th August 1944. This museum in Bayeux tells the whole story through original artifacts.

Map showing Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Rue du Bienvenu, Bayeux, Normandy

The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Bayeux stands in the southeast of the city and was mainly undamaged by the raging Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944.

Map showing Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Bayeux War Cemetery, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Boulevard Fabian Ware, Bayeux, Normandy

The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest of its kind in France. It is located on the south-west of Bayeux, on the bypass road built by British troops in 1944.

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Celebrating Liberty in Caen, Normandy

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6th June 2014

Locals, tourists, veterans, people young and old took to the streets of Normandy in June 2014 to celebrate liberty in Caen on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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D-Day Commemoration service in Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy

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8th March 2018

I visited Bayeux on 8th June 2014, 70 years after Allies liberated the city. World leaders attended a commemoration ceremony at the cathedral days before.

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D-Day commemorations in Caen, Normandy

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6th June 2014

In 2014, I watched the D-Day commemorations in Ouistreham from a quiet bar in Caen as world leaders joined veterans of the campaign to remember June 1944.

Map showing German Battery, Pointe-du-Hoc, Normandy, France

German Battery, Pointe-du-Hoc, Normandy, France

Cricqueville-en-Bessin, Normandy

Pointe-du-Hoc was taken by 2nd US Rangers. They held out against the odds for two days on the Normandy cliffs. The 1st US Rangers formed in Carrickfergus.