Military history

Walking D-Day

Walking D-Day

Paul Reed’s latest battlefield walking guide covers the site of the largest amphibious invasion of all time, the first step in the Allied liberation of France and the rest of northwest Europe. The places associated with the landings on the Normandy coast on 6 June 1944 are among the most memorable that a battlefield visitor can explore. They give a fascinating insight into the scale and complexity of the Allied undertaking and the extent of the German defenses – and into the critical episodes in the fighting that determined whether the Allies would gain a foothold or be thrown back into the sea. All the most important sites are featured, from Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery, Ouistrehem and Longues Battery to Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah Beaches, Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère-Église. There are twelve walks, and each one is prefaced by a historical section describing in vivid detail what happened in each location and what remains to be seen. Information on the many battlefield monuments and the military cemeteries is included, and there are over 120 illustrations. Walking D-Day introduces the visitor not only to the places where the Allies landed and first clashed with the Germans defenders but to the Normandy landscape over which the critical battles that decided the course of the war were fought.


Area 1. Pegasus Bridge Walk: 6th Airborne Division at Bénouville

Area 2. Eastern Flank Walk: The Merville Battery and Amfreville-Bréville

Area 3. Commando Walk: The 1st Special Service Brigade on D-Day

Area 4. SWORD Beach Walk: 3rd Division on D-Day

Area 5. JUNO Beach Walk: Nan Beach - Inland to Tailleville

Area 6. JUNO Beach Walk: Mike Beach - The Fight for Courseulles

Area 7. GOLD Beach Walk: 50th Division on D-Day

Area 8. Arromanches Walk: D-Day Liberation and the Mulberry Harbour

Area 9. OMAHA Beach Walk: 'Bloody Omaha'

Area 10. Pointe du Hoc Walk: The 2nd Rangers, 6-8 June 1944

Area 11. UTAH Beach Walk: The 4th Infantry Division and 101st (Airborne) Divisions on D-Day

Area 12. Airborne Walk: Ste-Mère-Eglise-Le Fière 82nd Airborne Actions on D-Day

Appendix: D-Day Cemeteries in Normandy


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