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Thinking of a trip to Caen to visit the battlefields any advice

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    Hi guys been looking at going to Caen for a while now, might make the trip this year or many early spring next year.

    Was planing on going to Caen and the beaches and Falaise pocket, the German war graves.
    and any museums close by.

    Any advice how to plan the trip and pick where to go. was thinking of staying a week and will be in a car also.
    As im sure alot of you guys have made the trip.

    Thanks in advance Martin

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    It seems militaria shop are tourist trap.
    But local food is tasty

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    Home | Le Mémorial de Caen

    Went myself to this museum in Caen, take your time if you want to see it properly, at least three hours

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    Everyone has their favourite places to visit and I could go on forever, and there are numerous websites out there. However, I'd recommend getting hold of the relevant titles in the 'Battle Zone Normandy' series of guidebooks published by Sutton Publishing in the UK. Sadly they're OOP now, but can be found on e-bay. They give good ideas for car and walking visits, with then&now photos etc. They're a good starting point.

    My only piece of advice would be...

    DON'T MISS THE TIGER AT VIMOUTIERS !

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    thanks guys,
    I just seen the books look quite good, may have to get them.
    This will be my first trip so just not sure how to plan it out, is there any good guild companies i could use while over there.
    I may need to study more and go next year

    The museum sounds good as does the Tiger.

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    IMPO the Holts one is good - as are probably the others mentioned ; these will mainly take you to all the most popular places ( Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge, etc ) and the various museums. Personally, I'm more into off-the-beaten-track places but then, I've been there a few times.

    The Normandy Hedgerows book is OK if you're only interested in the US sector of operations. For a good, readable overview of the whole campaign I'd recommend something like Beevor's 'D-Day' or Hastings' 'Overlord'.

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    I am a Battlefield Guide for Leger Battlefield Tours and i recommend our 5 Day D Day and Normandy Tour we take you to all the Beaches , Airborne areas , Inland fighting , Falaise and the Vimoutiers Tiger !! My next Tour is Panzers in Normandy in about ten days.

    Leger Holidays - Battlefield Tours of World War I, World War II, & Other Campaigns with Specialist Battlefield Guides

    Leger now own Holts Tours as well !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by Paul D View Post
    Vimoutiers Tiger !!
    I remember that one on the side of the road in 76 believe it or not! and Major &Mrs Holts were bought out?

    A good friend of mine works for Ledgers, the head guide I believe Paul.........say hi to him from me when you see him Paul

    I honestly don't believe going around Normandy now is as exciting as when I used to go in the 80's through the 90's. Most of it was undiscovered still. I remember going to find the "corridor of death" in 1985. There was an A4 piece of paper pointing to the direction pinned to a telegraph pole, and some of the better museums have folded now. It's far too touristy now

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    Well i was advised to get some of then Then and now books got "Panzers in normandy" and "D-day, invasion" "Battle of the Bulge: Then and Now"
    by Paul carell. "Das Reich: The March of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Through France, June 1944" Max Hastings
    "Lonely Planet Normandy & D-Day Beaches Road Trips" "Major and Mrs Holt's Pocket Battlefield Guide to Normandy"

    the tour sounds good but i want to visit places inland also thinking of going for a week. Looks like some other good tours on the list and prices are not bad.

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