This is a beach like many others. It faintly comes up from the sea and it’s like one of those beaches where you have to walk through the water for a long time before it’s finally deep enough to swim. Very friendly, especially for families with young children.
On June 6th 1944 the first wave of soldiers had to wade through this water for many yards under heavy fire, before finally reaching the wide beach, having to clear all kinds of obstacles and mines, without any cover to hide behind, before they could run for their lives to make it across, only to find a well prepared German defence force awaiting them. At the end of this day, known as D-Day, an estimate of 2000 men had lost their lives during the Omaha Beach landing operation.
Omaha Beach at Vierville sur Mer, Normandy
Visit Omaha Beach
It’s just a beach, but it tells us everything about the horrors at “Bloody Omaha” during D-Day on June 6th 1944. On the sands of Saint-Laurent is the monument “Les Braves” commemorating and honoring the soldiers that fought here. In the area many other signs and memorials can be found reminding of what took place here. Don’t forget to visit the American War Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer which is only a small drive away.
|A view on Omaha Beach – Vierville sur Mer, Normandy, France|
|The monument Les Braves on Omaha Beach – Saint-Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France|
|War Monument – Saint-Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France|
|Plaque commemorating the 12 september 1942 landing “Operation Aquatint” – Saint-Laurent sur Mer, Normandy|
|Omaha Beach – Saint-Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France|
|Monument for the US Second Infantry Division – Normandy, France|
|Plaque commemorating the National Guard Units actions on D-Day – Omaha Beach, Normandy|