The German defences WN5: 2 letters and a number identified the German stronghold of blockhouses watching the beach of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The Museum is built around one of these. German objects evoke this strong military presence.
The German occupation: Leaflets, testimony and objects reveal the terrible occupation years in the French department of La Manche.
“Victory in the Sand”: relive the landing preparations and follow the sequence of events of this historic day hour-by-hour with this
Allied Strategy: A major military operation, Overlord required meticulous preparation, led by commander “Ike” Eisenhower.
Naval forces: To best protect the infantrymen, “Force U” attacked the enemy from the sea. Models show the different types of vessels involved.
Air forces: The victory also played out in the air. An omnipresent airborne army served to crush enemy positions. A vast array
of objects – including equipment worn by pilots – recount this episode.
Land forces: Over 23,000 soldiers landed on French soil at Utah Beach on 6 June 1944. This space pays tribute to them.
6 June 1944: D-Day on Utah Beach. From the first bombings on 5 June to the landing of infantrymen on the morning of 6 June,
relive the timeline of events through testimony and objects brought together in the centre of the panoramic room, offering a spectacular view of the beach where it all took place.
The Link-Up: The parachutists dropped on 5 June and the infantrymen who landed on the morning of the 6th join up: the linkup
is complete. Parachutist Lieutenant Winters recounts this episode.
From Utah to Cherbourg: The push to Cherbourg, through the wooded countryside, was a bloody one: emergency medical centres were
set up, as shown by the material on display here.
The artificial port at Utah Beach: Pending the capture and restoration of the port of Cherbourg, an artificial port was built off the coast of Utah. Photos show the sheer size of the construction.