Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

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Must see · Battlefield · Beach
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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  • Besides it's historical significance Omaha Beach is actually great beach for swimming. Nice sand and very shallow. You can walk maybe a 100 meters into the sea (at least when the tide is right). And.....  more »
  • One of the heaviest hit sites during the 2nd world war but hardly any remains of it today. There is only one memorial on the beach that reminds us of what has happened and that's it. Go to the...  more »
  • It may be part of France, but its American soil🇺🇲
  • special place....salute! 🇺🇲🕊

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