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Very well organized;very comprehensive to be able to fit everything into a single day. Would highly recommend.
I was impressed by Julian and his effort to go all the way and never stop presenting interesting information for almost 5 hours solid in French and English! What an impressive young man from Detroit (Indiana for university)! It was neat to share how the gas/fuel lines from England to France were built with Julian as I happened to work for the company that made this undersea pipeline during WWII. Being an old Ranger, Pont Du Hoc spoke to me (225 Rangers took it, held it for 3 days against German counterattack, and ~95 made it through). We got a special treat - cold and rainy weather just like on D-Day. The American cemetary was beautiful even on such a gloomy day and gives the respect due to those brave souls that protected our freedom. This was furthered by Julian's knowledge of key aspects about it. The views of the beaches are incredible and it is fascinating to see items in place on the beaches from the day the were put in place during this period. The museum does a good job of walking a person through the history of this period but bring your reading glasses! I would suggest a slightly better microphone system for the van.
Here is the proud history listed on General Cable's website. Julian - If you read this, here's the link
1942 - Produced a series of wartime posters for the World War II Home-Front Campaign to build morale, to speed production and to encourage economy and conservation of critical materials, which were distributed to the armed forces, government officials and manufacturing plants involved in the war efforts.
1943 - Manufactured 140 miles of hollow tube designed to transport 120 million gallons of diesel fuel between England and France for the D-Day invasion — Code name: "Operation Pluto." PLUTO stood for Pipe Line Under The Ocean.
1944 - Produced 80% of the battlefield telephone wire used by the Allies and 50% of the Navy's power and communications cable.
We were not able to make the scheduled tour because our flight was delayed and luggage was lost. However, we went to the museum at Caen on June 28th. I talked to the tour people, who called the manager for me. He told me that the tour with the mini-van that was scheduled for that day was full, but they could put us on the bus tour, as a compromise. As it turned out, there were seven of us who spoke English, so we had the same number of people with the English-speaking guide as we would have had in the mini-van. Everything else was the same as what we had paid for originally... a win-win situation.
The tour was excellent in every way. All the members of my party were gratified by the arrangements, and I was able to talk about it last night at a meeting I had here in the U.S. Your guide was superb, so well-informed and historically accurate. She was from Mali, but I cannot remember her name. The four of us in my group (my husband and I and friends) are all veterans, and this was a very meaningful trip for us because our fathers fought in WWII. The remainder of our two-week stay was spent in a rented thatched cottage near Pont-Audemer, but I would recommend the Caen Memorial tour to anyone who visits Normandy.
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
This was one of the highlights of our holiday thanks to our guide Lawrence. We thoroughly enjoyed his commentary and insight into D-Day and the sites we visited. We definitely have a better understanding of how and what happened on that day. I suggest you allow a few hours to visit the Museum as it is well worth seeing. Make sure you visit the "Bunker" while you're there too. This is a must see.
Our tour was fantastic....our guide Marilyn was very well informed and presented the material very well. We had the right amount of time at the beaches....just sorry we could not get into the Canadian tour too. But she did review some of the events which included the Canadian Army.
Wonderful!! Loved Carly, the tour guide that we had...extremely knowledgeable and very willing to help in any way possible! Will go back for future tours.
5 Stars! Our guide was Thierry who spoke perfect English and gave us a wonderful history lesson of World War2. It was as if you stepped back in time. The bus ride was so nice. The views spectacular. We never felt rushed. Visiting the US Cemetery,Omaha Beach and the other sites was priceless. Merci!!
We are very happy with both the museum and the beaches tour. Our beaches guide, Svetlana, was very well-informed and very enthusiastic. The museum itself is surprisingly small but well-done, and easily visited in one stop.
Great guide. He was the key to a great experience. But it was also easy to book and access. We had a wonderful experience. One of best guided tours experiences that we have known.
We felt it would have been better if there were all English speaking people on the bus as we thought the French native speaking guide spent more time giving information in French than in English. There were 4 French tourists and we were 3 English speaking.
However, we all generally enjoyed the experience.
Excellent tour guide, great value for the price, museaum was very nicely executed. I would highly recommend!
The Museum is extraordinary - I spent twice as long there as I have ever done in any other museum and still was not sure I had seen everything.
The Tour too was excellent, with a very knowledgeable and interested guide (Prisca). If I have a quibble, it is that the tour, and therefore the commentary, focussed on US actions. I was told that there was no demand for a similar tour concentrating on British landing beaches and specific actions, like Pegasus Bridge, but is that a real reflection of interest or cause and effect - no tour therefore no demand?
On a more general note, the tour understandably looks at Normandy in isolation rather than as a key part of WW2. In particular, I think that it would enlighten many Americans to be told why their troops took part. It was not altruism or 'coming to the rescue' - it was because immediately after Pearl Harbour Hitler declared war on the US so the US had no choice. Apologies if these comments sound like complaints - they are not. I was very glad to have made the trip - I am 73 and was born and grew up in London so DDay has always been part of my history - and I think it marvellous that Caen and the Region devote so much effort to keeping the memory of the sacrifice of so many alive 70 years on.