Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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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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  • I am so happy I took time from our holiday to visit Omaha Beach, its so much more stunning and impressive in person, the sea views are stunning, the cliffs, the nearby quaint town, the art and...  more »
  • the long beach and relatively small cliffs are not as dramatic as other beaches who saw the D-day invasion, but the sacrifice of thousands make this place holy. I discovered to my dismay that the...  more »
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