Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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#1 of 63 in Outdoors in Calvados
Overlooked by bluffs which rise to 46 m (150 ft) and command the beaches, Omaha Beach possesses naturally strong defensive positions. During World War II, the Germans skillfully fortified this area with concrete gun emplacements, anti-tank guns, and machine guns. Allied bombs left these largely undamaged, and since there was no cover on the sand, the tranquil strand became a killing field on D-Day, when the US 1st Infantry Division had the most difficult landing of the whole Allied assault. Omaha Beach is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer Edition.
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  • A truly magnificent memorial. Vast and powerful the museum is well done and the cemetery is impactful. An important stop for any history lover or veteran (and supporters).  more »
  • Understand what happened here, honor those who fought and died here. This is a place literally drenched in blood that in its own way helped to secure the path to a world free of Nazism. Beautifully ma...  more »
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