Yesterday we took a day trip to the beaches of Normandy. Actually, we first went and saw things about William the Conqueror and saw the Bayeux Tapestry. Then we made our way to the Beaches. We were given a personal tour by one of my grandma's friends who loves history and who grew up in Normandy. We first went to Gold Beach, where the British landed. If you see on one of the pictures of the water you will see a cement block...those were used as a floating dock to anchor the ships and let the smaller boats go to shore. There are many of these still left in the water. It's amazing how much planning and strategic thought went into making D-Day a success.
This is the Cemetery for American soldiers. It is right above Omaha beach. It was very moving walking through and just looking at all the crosses, knowing each of them were someone who gave their life for freedom. There are around 9,000 graves there.
Here we are at Pointe du Hoc. This is a cliff, that was a strategic military control center with strong artillery and bunkers to control what was happening on the beaches it overlooked, Utah and Omaha. The Germans controlled it, but the Allied forces new they had to take control over it if their D-day plans were going to work. So they scaled the cliff in the face of German Artillery. They were successful in overtaking it.
These ditches are left from bombs that landed here.
Wreckage from the bunkers.
Overlooking part of Omaha Beach
Overlooking Utah Beach
This is a memorial stone for the men who scaled the cliffs and overtook the Germans on the Point