By Scott Edgar
9th March 2018
My first visit to the Mémorial de Caen Museum took place in the 90s. Twenty years later I returned to be educated, informed and to remember events of 1944.
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.
Sword Beach was one of five landing areas chosen for the Normandy invasion on D-Day 6th June 1944. It was taken by British forces who advanced towards Caen.
The American Cemetery at Colleville overlooks Omaha Beach and is the largest allied burial ground in Normandy. This is where 'Saving Private Ryan' begins.
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.
Omaha Beach was the code-name for one of five sectors of the Normandy coastline. It was one of the bloodiest scenes of the D-Day landings for the US Army.
The Caen-Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace is better known as Mémorial de Caen. I visited as a child and was keen to return on my D-Day70 trip.
After D-Day, on 18th June 1944, work began on the Bayeux Bypass. Today's ring-road follows the same route laid down by Royal Engineers and Pioneer Corps.
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.