Locations

Map showing Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, Hampshire

Solent Sky Museum, Southampton, Hampshire

Albert Road South, Southampton, Hampshire

The Solent Sky Museum in Southampton is a wonderful attraction for fans of aviation history with an iconic Spitfire on display as well as a Belfast-built Beachcomber.

Map showing The Seafront, Southsea, Hampshire

The Seafront, Southsea, Hampshire

Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire

The Southsea Seafront has a wealth of military history from Henry VIII's 16th-century castle to the impressive, unique D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry.

Map showing Sword Beach, Ouistreham, Normandy, France

Sword Beach, Ouistreham, Normandy, France

Ouistreham, Normandy

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.

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 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.

Map showing Omaha Beach, St-Laurent-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France

Omaha Beach, St-Laurent-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France

Avenue de la Libération, St-Laurent-Sur-Mer, Normandy

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.

Map showing Mémorial de Caen Museum, Caen, Normandy

Mémorial de Caen Museum, Caen, Normandy

Esplanade Général Eisenhower, Caen, Normandy

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.

Map showing The Bypass, Bayeux, Normandy, France

The Bypass, Bayeux, Normandy, France

Boulevard Fabian Ware, Bayeux, Normandy

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.

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.