Omaha Beach was the location of one of the most significant moments of fighting in World War II. On June 6th 1944, American troops were given the task of securing the beach as part of a strategy to land Allied troops along five points on the coast of Normandy, France. Due to unforeseen tidal forces and stronger than expected German defenses, the American soldiers suffered massive losses, 2,400 casualties, in a day of bloody fighting. Eventually however the landing was successful with 34,000 troops securing the area for the Allies, and thus beginning the end of the war.

The landings on Omaha Beach are perhaps best known these days from the film Saving Private Ryan which opens with this battle and shows the impact of the fighting and loss of life on families back home in the USA. The American Cemetery sits above Omaha Beach and is a well-kept memorial to the events.

Practical Info

The easiest way to get to Omaha Beach is by organized tour or private car. Public transport can be lengthy due to the need to take a train from Paris to Caen or Bayeux, then a bus to the beach. The American Cemetery is easy to find and from there a long walkway goes to the beach itself.

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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

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