- Starts: 25/05/2019 12:00 am
- Ends: 16/06/2019 12:00 am
Each year since 2007, D-Day Festival Normandy has been offering a program of festive events for the anniversary of the Allied Landings of 6th June 1944.
In 2019, for the 13th edition of the D-Day Festival Normandy, the tourist offices of the D-Day Landing Beaches present their area at its best.
During the festival there are several activities like
- Helicopter and walking tours
- Book fairs
- Marches, walks, runs and parades
- Military and vintage vehicles exhibitions
- Military camp exhibitions
- Parachute jumps
- Acitivities for children
- Sand yacht European Cup
Check out the official program of D-Day Festival here: http://bayeux-bessin-tourisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Programme_DDFNdy_2019_21.01.2019-1.pdf
Omaha is the most renowned of the five landing beaches of D-Day, 6 June 1944. On this 6-km-long beach the U.S. troops had to deal with German defences that were still virtually intact. They suffered heavy losses and came close to disaster.
On D-Day, Gold was the code name for the beach where the 50th British Infantry Division was to land. It was located between Ver-sur-Mer and Asnelles on the Normandy coast. Despite fierce resistance from some German strongholds, the 50th Division accomplished the farthest breakthrough inland of all Allied seaborne forces, as it came close to Bayeux that same day.
Utah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counterattacks against the landing area.
Sword was the code-name for the easternmost of the five landing beaches in Normandy. Reinforced by commandos and supported by specially adapted tanks, the 3rd British Infantry Division landed here. The men were to gather up with the 6th Airborne Division and capture Caen. This last objective was finally achieved a month later on 9 July.
Devolved to the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Juno Beach stretched from Graye-sur-Mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. On D-Day, despite the difficulties to neutralize some German strongpoints and a relatively high casualty rate, Canadian troops were able to penetrate deep inland before being blocked overnight northwest of Caen.
Each year since 2007, D-Day Festival Normandy has been offering a program of festive events for the anniversary of the Allied Landings of 6th June 1944. In 2019, for the 13th edition of the D-Day Festival Normandy, the tourist offices of
The Landing Museum (D-Day Museum) of Arromanches, Normandy explains the technical prowess used in the (pre)fabrication – in Britain – of the artificial port of Arromanches. A model and a film complement the educational presentation, allowing a better understanding of the visible remains that can be seen through a large window overlooking the bay.
One of its kind in France, the Mémorial de Caen Museum gives the public the keys to understanding the Second World War, from its origins after the First World War to its latest consequences in 1989. It prompts the visitor to ask himself questions about this rapidly fading episode that changed the face of Europe and the world.
By joining the D-Day Cycle Ride the cycling soldiers, who played a part on 6 June 1944, will be commemorated, just as the following Battle of Normandy. The Ride includes all the beaches that were used for the landings and head inland to the key locations that were first to liberated.
For the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the D-Day Memorial Airborne Operation will organise an international and large-scale edition of the event.
Daks over Normandy is a once in a lifetime event. For the first time since the Second World War the skies over Normandy will be filled with Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakotas and hundreds of paratroopers.
The 3rd edition of the International Film Festival of the Second World War is organised by the WW2 Foundation for the occasion of the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.