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MARIGNY: the German War Cemetery

Broadcast : 8 May 2021

A LIVE on-location tour and a unique chance to experience of the sights and sounds of the German war cemetery in Marigny, Normandy, and visit the final resting place of over 11,000 German servicemen.

Originally a temporary American cemetery, Marigny contains the graves of 11,169 German war dead including the high-ranking general Erich Marcks – the commander of the German 84 Corps in Normandy. A number of boys, killed before they turned 18, are also buried here.

The graveyard is a typical example of Robert Tischler's style with thousands of ceramic grave markers, usually identifying a pair of soldiers, interspersed by groups of three basalt gothic crosses, and a chapel at the entrance to the cemetery built in the style of a Norman parish church.

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BAYEUX and the Cemetery 

Broadcast : 14 April 2021

A video webinar and a unique chance to experience of the sights and sounds of the town of Bayeux in Normandy. We will walk through the narrow, ancient streets and find echoes of the town's D-Day past. We will take in the medieval cathedral, the Bayeux Tapestry museum, the Battle of Normandy museum before reaching our destination: the Commonwealth cemetery. Here, 4,648 servicemen are laid to rest: British, Canadian, Polish, Australian, Kiwi, and others. Here too are the graves of 466 German soldiers.

Under the portico of the memorial whose epigraph reads "We, once conquered by William, have now set free the Conqueror's native land." are the names of over 1,800 servicemen and women who have no known grave.

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LONGUES SUR MER: Stongpoint 48

Broadcast : 27 March 2021

An on-location virtual tour and a unique chance to experience of the sights and sounds of the Longues-sur-Mer artillery battery in Normandy. We will walk from the 200ft cliffs to the two-storey enemy command post and fire control bunker, featured in the movie The Longest Day. Next we'll hike back through the fields to the four gun 'casemates' and take a look at the German firepower. We'll learn how the British and US Navy attacked this strongpoint, and how the men of the Devonshire regiment secured the position on 7th June 1944.

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OMAHA BEACH: 1st ID and Cemetery

Broadcast : 17 March 2021

A video webinar tour, we will start from the E1 Draw at Le Ruquet at the Charles Shay Monument and the Native American Monument, the remains of the Rhino Pontoon, Strongpoint WN 65, the 2nd Infantry Division Monument and the monument to the Combat Medics. Next we will scale the bluffs at Strongpoint 62 and visit the German gun emplacements and bunkers, including the location of machine gun emplacement of Heinrich Severloh, 'The Beast of Omaha'. From there we go to the eastern end of the beach - Fox Green/Fox Red and the F1 Draw to Cabourg, and learn about Omaha's only Medal of Honor recipient - 1st Lt Monteith. Finally, we will visit the US Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer where 9,388 service men and women have their final resting place.

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OMAHA BEACH: from Easy Red to the US Cemetery

Broadcast : 28 April 2021

A video webinar tour, we will start from the E1 Draw at Le Ruquet at the Charles Shay Monument and the Native American Monument, the remains of the Rhino Pontoon, Strongpoint WN 65, the 2nd Infantry Division Monument and the monument to the Combat Medics. Next we will scale the bluffs at Strongpoint 62 and visit the German gun emplacements and bunkers, including the location of machine gun emplacement of Heinrich Severloh, 'The Beast of Omaha'. From there we go to the eastern end of the beach - Fox Green/Fox Red and the F1 Draw to Cabourg, and learn about Omaha's only Medal of Honor recipient - 1st Lt Monteith. Finally, we will visit the US Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer where 9,388 service men and women have their final resting place.

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LONGUES SUR MER: Stongpoint 48

Broadcast : 7 April 2021

Video Webinar. The German heavy gun battery on the 200ft cliffs at Longues-sur-Mer is one of the best preserved historic sites on the D-Day trail. Between the US beach OMAHA and the British Beach GOLD, the battery's four six-inch naval guns were capable of destroying targets up to 12 miles distant.

Do you drive a Skoda? These guns were made by the same Czech manufacturer - and they are still in situ today. Three of the guns are in original condition, gun number 1 was destroyed by direct shelling from HMS Ajax on D-Day (although its remains are still visible, scattered in the field).

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UTAH BEACH: Stongpoint 5

Broadcast : 24 March 2021

A video webinar and a unique chance to experience of the sights and sounds of Utah Beach in Normandy. We will walk in the footsteps of Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr as he led his troops of the 4th Infantry Division on the morning of June 6th 1944. We will visit the monuments to the US Navy, the 4th and 90th Infantry Divisions, the Higgins boat memorial and the US Monument inaugurated in 1984 by Ronald Reagan. As well as the landing craft, we will visit the fabulous Musée du Débarquement (Landings Museum), the bunkers and the dunes.

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OMAHA BEACH: Easy Red to Fox Green

Broadcast : 13 March 2021

An on-location virtual tour of the bunkers, monuments, the shelf and the beach. We begin the tour at the Strongpoint 65 at the E1 Draw, visit the 50mm bunker, then walk along the beach and the shelf to Fox Green sector, the E3 Draw and Strongpoint 62. We will climb the Coleville bluffs and see the 75mm bunkers, the observation bunker of Hein Severloh (the so-called 'Beast of Omaha'), the monuments and the trenches. We end the tour at the 1st Infantry Monument at the very top of the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach.

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OMAHA BEACH: from Pointe du Hoc to Dog Red

Broadcast : 21 April 2021

A video Webinar tour of the bunkers, monuments and the beach. We begin the tour at Pointe du Hoc where the US 2nd Rangers Battalion scaled the 90-foot cliffs to attack the gun battery. Next the D1 draw at Vierville, the bluffs, enemy strongpoints WN72 and 73, the National Guard monument and the monument to 'The Bedford Boys' of the 116th Infantry Regiment. We will visit the Signal Monument and 'Les Braves' at the D3 Draw at Les Moulins, and finally visit the location of the 1st US Provisional Cemetery.

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US FORCES ON D-DAY

Broadcast : 31 March 2021

A video webinar of the lead-up to D-Day, 6th June 1944 and the American Forces' role in Operation Overlord.

We will visit the landing sites of US V-Corps and US VII-Corps including, Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and the US Cemetery. This tour is a useful primer for Patrick's more in-depth virtual D-Day tours. LIVE from We Love Normandy HQ near Saint Lo, Normandy.

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UTAH BEACH: Stongpoint 5

Broadcast : 20 March 2021

An on-location virtual tour and a unique chance to experience of the sights and sounds of Utah Beach in Normandy. We will walk in the footsteps of Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr as he led his troops of the 4th Infantry Division on the morning of June 6th 1944. We will visit the monuments to the US Navy, the 4th and 90th Infantry Divisions, the Higgins boat memorial and the US Monument inaugurated in 1984 by Ronald Reagan. We will walk the beach, climb the dunes and visit the bunkers.

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SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE

Broadcast : 3 March 2021

An on-location virtual tour of the first town to be liberated by the US Army on D-Day. We will see the mannequin of Private John Steele still hanging from his parachute lines from the church bell tower, the original water pump used by the enemy soldiers and the townsfolk on the night of June 6th 1944, and the bullet holes still visible from the exchange of fire. The medieval church of the Holy Mother is included in the tour, as are the fabulous stained-glass windows that pay homage to the paratroopers of the 505th regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. It's an amazing place and an enthralling story.

We Love Normandy    SIRET 832 992 895 00017    VTC No. 05018003301   © 2017 Patrick Hilyer

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