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  • Location: Bayeux, France
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
On this Normandy Battlefields Tour, you will visit the famous site of Pegasus Bridge, captured just after midnight on D-Day by elements of the 6th Airborne Division.You will visit the Hillman Bunker complex. Found a couple of miles inland from Sword Beach, the fortifications that made up the Hillman complex are just outside the village of Colleville-Montgomery, known prior to 1944 as Colleville-sur-Orne. It was here on the June 07, the Germans finally gave up to the 1st Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. The different bunkers, used as a German command post, are now cared for by the Association of the Friends of the Suffolk Regiment. Your minivan holds a maximum of eight passengers, and a small group tour is the perfect way to get to out-of-the-way places in one day.

Highlights

  • Normandy Battlefields Sword Beach and British Airborne Sector tour from Bayeux
  • Merville Battery Museum
  • Visit the Hillman Bunker complex outside Colleville-sur-Orme
  • Small group tour by minivan
  • Commonwealth Military Cemeteries
  • Sword Beach, where the D-Day landings began

What You Can Expect

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

See the famous Pegasus Bridge; one of the key D-Day sites

The Commonwealth Military Cemeteries are sadly present in numerous villages and towns in Normandy. They can be different in the size but the emotion stays the same, each grave has flowers, sometimes photographs and letters are laid down by relatives. You will also read the touching epitaphs chosen by parents, brothers and sisters or children.

Visit Sword beach where 28,000 soldiers including 177 Free French soldiers, came ashore to start the liberation of Western Europe. They were the only French soldiers to be involved in the assaults on D-Day.

Next on to the Merville Battery Museum. The men of the 6th British Airborne Division under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Otway were tasked with the capture and destruction of the guns strategically situated to fire on the landings taking place three miles further west on Sword Beach. These men were missing equipment, ammunition and lacked communications. Also, despite the reinforcements that were meant to arrive during the attack not turning up, this small group of determined British soldiers managed to succeed in their D-Day mission, and this gun battery today remains as a museum to the testament of the courage of these men.

Please note: Due to special events taking place to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this tour could be amended on 5, 6 and 7 June 2014. It may not be possible to access the beaches, in which case alternative sites will be included instead.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour, very moving.
Sly our guide and was very knowledgeable and made the day.
Especially loved the story of Pegasus bridge with Paras and Marines
Thanks for making our trip so memorable Sly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Very Good. Our guide was full of insights and kept it interesting

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