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April 15, 2019



Allied invasion of Normandy, D-Day, 1944
During the Second World War, following the armistice of 22 June 1940, continental Normandy was part of the German occupied zone of France. The Channel Islands were occupied by German forces between 30 June 1940 and 9 May 1945. The town of Dieppe was the site of the unsuccessful Dieppe Raid by Canadian and British armed forces.
The Allies, in this case involving Britain, the United States, Canada and Free France, coordinated a massive build-up of troops and supplies to support a large-scale invasion of Normandy in the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 under the code name Operation Overlord. The Germans were dug into fortified emplacements above the beaches. Caen, Cherbourg, Carentan, Falaise and other Norman towns endured many casualties in the Battle of Normandy, which continued until the closing of the so-called Falaise gap between Chambois and Mont Ormel. The liberation of Le Havre followed. This was a significant turning point in the war and led to the restoration of the French Republic.
The remainder of Normandy was liberated only on 9 May 1945 at the end of the war, when the Channel Island occupation effectively ended.
Between 1956 and 2015 Normandy was divided into two administrative regions: Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy; the regions were merged into one single region on 1 January 2016. Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie) consisted of the French departments of Seine-Maritime and Eure, and Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie) of the departments of Orne, Calvados, and Manche.



 Tour title: Geneva Panorama Tour
 Tour date: Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 at 1:30 PM
10:00 Place des Alpes
10:15 International Area
11:00 Right and left shore of the lake
11:15 Old Town
12:15 Cathedral
12:45 Bastion Parc
13:00 End of the visit near the shopping area



Tour: Normandy Beaches
Depart: 08:00AM
Return: 06:30PM
Date: April 15, 2019
Travel to historic D-Day landing beaches on this all-day tour. Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Courseulles sur Mer, passing the Juno and Gold landing sites along the way. You'll arrive at Arromanches Beach, where you'll see remnants of the Mulberry, the artificial harbor where thousands of troops came ashore. You'll visit the Museum of the Landing Day, then enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you'll travel to to Colleville-Sur-Mer, home of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Just above Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 10,000 servicemen who died during the Normandy campaign. You'll walk between the rows of marble crosses and Stars of David and witness a memorial and chapel that flank the sea of graves. Before departing for the pier, you'll make a photo stop at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, a strategic position captured during D-day.

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