Last year i was fortunate enough to spend 10 days in Normandy at a friends house in Montbourg (Nr St Mére Église)
Visiting many of the Battle sights, Beaches, and cemeterys was a truely moving and humbling experience when you see the magnitude of the task those soldiers faced, I went to all the "usual" places, including Ranville/Benouville (better known as Pegasus Bridge) Dead Mans Corner, St Mere Eglise, Utah, Omaha, Sword, Juno, Gold, Carantan etc etc, as well as some not so well troden paths
I also found a live US 30 cal round in the grounds of my friends farm house after a thunder storm it just washed out of the ground!, and the shattered remains of grey plastic torch with U.S.N stamped on its body from circa 1944 washed up on Cateret beach the day after a big storm, anyone thinking or wanting to go to Normandy? just do it its an amazing place which is like a living history lesson at every turn...... heres some of my pictures.....
Montbourg Church from the house window, Montbourg was virtually flattened by shelling in the days after D-Day as Germans tried to repell the sea invaders getting in land
Sherman at Utah
Memorial at Utah to the Engineers "tough Hombres"
View along Utah Beach
German 88 at Omaha, eventually silenced by a US amphibious tank
Memorial at Omaha
View of Omaha from Coleville cemetery above the invasion beach
There are sadly far to many unknown graves
The trees you can see at the bottom of this picture are the ones seen in the opening part of Saving Private Ryan
The reflection pool and ever lasting youth, a massive bronze statue!
as can be seen with my 5 year old daughter stood at the foot of it!
a poignant message you only really notice as you leave the grounds of the cemetary