- Cimetière américain de Normandie, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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The impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. The long lines of white marble Latin crosses and stars of David symbolize the sacrifices that the Allied nations – and here in particular the United States of America – have made for our freedom. The cemetery is an exceptional site, not in the least because of its impressive location dominating Omaha Beach, where the Americans suffered their worst losses.
Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves of 9.387 American soldiers who died on D-Day and in other confrontations thereafter during the Battle of Normandy. A semi circular wall on the east side of the Memorial shows the names of 1.557 soldiers missing in action, men whose bodies were not found or not identified.
Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
Since the visit of U.S. president Jimmy Carter in 1978, the cemetery is an obligatory stop for American presidents, and is often referred to by the American press when the two countries’ foreign policies clash. A second American Cemetery in Normandy is situated just outside the town of Saint James.
Fought between the iconic landings on 6 June 1944 and the liberation of Paris on 25 August, the Battle of Normandy is often overlooked. Yet this campaign decided the course of the war in Northwestern Europe. The losses were huge: more than 100.000 people were killed during the 80 days, 20.000 of them civilians.
From 1943 to 1945, the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division was deployed in all of the important operations in western Europe. It took part in military operations in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as on the territory of the German Reich. After the war it was stationed in Berlin as part of the occupying forces.
The Allied invasion of Europe started in Normandy on June 6, 1944 with the iconic D-Day invasion. The Battle of Normandy ensued and lasted for almost three months, leaving the countryside completely devastated. Nowadays, you will find in the region
Two museums can be found in Saint-Côme-du-Mont: the D-Day Experience exhibits the American side and Dead Man’s Corner Museum, the German perspective. The museum tells the story of the liberators of Europe through an interactive route with the possibility to take part in virtual experiences and simulations.