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