Omaha Beach

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Omaha, the bloody

Omaha Beach is the name used by the Allies during World War II to designate one of the five beaches of the Normandy landings. Assigned to U.S. troops, it is the one where the Allies lost the most troops earned him the nickname of "bloody" Omaha (Omaha, bloody).

Brief summary of history

Eight kilometres long, the landing area extended on the western coast of Calvados. The objective in Omaha was to hold a beachhead of eight kilometres of depth between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River and to the East the junction with the British and to the West with the continuous VII US Corps landed at Utah Beach to establish a beachhead on the Normandy coast.

The landing plan was not fought as expected and the situation took a catastrophic turn for the Allies. The air and naval bombardment had missed its target and had not neutralised the enemy defences. U.S. troops were going to face almost intact German positions. General Bradley, who supervised the operation decided to continue the landing, and continued to send troops on Omaha.

Omaha Beach is the beach of the Normandy landings that caused the heaviest D-day losses balance: 30% of the total losses of June 6, 1944. The story retains the nickname of 'Bloody Omaha' (the bloody Omaha) that famous films such as the longest day or Saving Private Ryan were staged.

A place of memory

This beach is a memory essential place in the collective imagination of the landing operations themselves. The American Colleville-sur-Mer saver today cemetery peacefully on the beach below, recall how 'Bloody Omaha' was the bloodiest of all the d-day beaches.

The American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer

The American cemetery is located just above the beach of Omaha Beach. It honors American soldiers who died during the battle of Normandy in World War II. 9'386 stelae of Carrara marble line in an impressive silence. The garden of the missing is bordered by a long wall in an arc of 1'557 slabs of stones bearing the names of soldiers whose remains could not be identified or found.

American cemetery in Normandy - 14710 Colleville - sur - Mer - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 31 51 62 00.

The Memorial of Omaha Beach Museum

The Memorial Museum has a large collection of uniforms, weapons, belongings and vehicles. Many scenes, archival photographs, maps, thematic panels, a barge, a Belgian fence, a 155 mm cannon, a tank and a movie accompanied by testimonies from U.S. veterans explain landed on Omaha and the Pointe du Hoc.

Omaha Beach Memorial Museum - Avenue de la libération, 14710 St.-Laurent-sur-Mer - Tel + 33 (0) 2 31 21 97 44.

The Longues-sur-Mer battery

The Longues-sur-Mer battery is one of the gun batteries of the Atlantic wall, located in the coastal village of Longues-sur-Mer in the Calvados. The site consisted of 4 guns of 152 mm long range, each protected by a bunker in reinforced concrete, and various facilities to serve them and defend them.

The battery was subjected to heavy shelling to enter fully into action the day J and was taken the next day by British troops. In a good state of conservation and on a landscaped site, it is a place of passage frequented during the visits of the landing sites.

Site of the battery - street of the sea, 14400 Longues-sur-Mer - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 31 21 46 87.

The Omaha Beach golf

Omaha Beach golf course is located 13 kilometres from Arromanches-les-Bains. Between sea and countryside, on a plot of exceptional beauty, there are two 18 hole courses:
  • The manor (par 71) is a treat to the eyes with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. A real golfing challenge where all shots must be maturely reflected.
  • The Sea (par 72) overlooks the harbour of Port en Bessin with its magnificent panorama on the channel. The last 9 holes sinking through the meadows bordered by hedgerows of the Normandy bocage.
Golf course Omaha Beach - La Ferme Saint Sauveur, 14520 Port-en-Bessin-Huppain - Tel. + 33 (0) 2 31 22 12 12.

Useful information :

Address :
14710 St.-Laurent-sur-Mer

Good to know :
Tourist Office of Omaha Beach old RN13, 14710 Formigny Tel. + 33 (0) 2 31 51 39 52

Free of charge.

A must see

  • The Memorial of Omaha Beach Museum
  • The American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
  • Omaha Beach

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