The D-Day Beaches

Local nameLes Plages du D-Day
LocationSaint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France

The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable.

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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

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Address 6 Avenue de la Libération, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer 14710, France

Coordinates 49°22'14.948" N -0°52'48.852" E

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