Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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Battlefield · Beach
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 Edition.
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  • My son brought his plastic army guys all the way from the U.S. to play history on the beach. It's a stark contrast to its actual history. We waked the beach for a long time, talking, remembering...  more »
  • We went twice in the span of two days in order to catch the beach at low tide. The tide differential is very impressive and it makes a huge difference to see the beach when the tide is out and...  more »
  • It may be part of France, but its American soil🇺🇲
  • special place....salute! 🇺🇲🕊

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