On this page you will find all the news about Normandy’s historic area in 2016, from the landing beaches to the parachuting zones of Operation Overlord, through the battlefields of the 1944 battles in Calvados, Manche and the Orne regions.
December 29th, 2016 : A new Sherman tank for the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Just a few days after the new year, the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise replaces the Sherman tank currently presented to its visitors.
December 4th, 2016: Towards the closing of the Quinéville Memorial in Normandy?
The Quinéville Memorial, for the time being, will not reopen for the season, next spring, announce its managers. Inaugurated in 2005, it suffered from the decline in tourism.
November 30th, 2016: “Atlantic Wall”, a new film about the Normandy landing
The feature film “Atlantic Wall” will be directed by Gavin O’Connor who has chosen the American actor Bradley Cooper to embody an American paratrooper dropped behind the enemy lines a few hours before the D-Day.
November 1st, 2016: Sale of a former German bunker in Ver-sur-Mer, Normandy.
Vestige of the Atlantic wall, an old blockhouse located in Ver-sur-Mer is for sale after transformation into housing. Price: 214 000 euros.
October 5th, 2016: The York battery at Querqueville, Normandy, is for sale.
Property of the French Army until the early years of 2010, the former historic site of the Querqueville battery in the Cotentin is for sale.
September 30th, 2016: Debate on the Vimoutiers Tiger tank rebuilding project
The project of rebuilding of the Tiger tank from Vimoutiers by the association Cativen, is not unanimous among some purists.
September 28th, 2016: Garbo, the double agent who manipulated the Nazis
Juan Pujol, codenamed Garbo, is considered to be one of the biggest double agents of World War II, which played a key role in the success of D-Day.
September 11th, 2016: Participate in the financing of the return of George G. Klein in Normandy
The association D-Day Overlord organizes the return of the American veteran George G. Klein in Normandy in 2017. Participate in the financing of the journey for this veteran who has climbed the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day!
September 10th, 2016: The Southwick House Command Post is for sale
Among the sites belonging to the English Ministry of Defense put up for sale: the Southwick House park. The land on which is located this superb historic property dating from 1800 is located near Portsmouth.
September 2nd, 2016: The memory spaces facing the phenomenon “Pokemon Go!”
Since that summer, spaces of memory such as military cemeteries and Holocaust museums have been invaded by users of the game “Pokemon Go”, paving the way for an important debate.
August 23,rd 2016: Top 30 most visited tourist places in 2015 in France
The Ministry of Tourism published the list of the 30 most visited tourist sites in France in 2015, in which the American military cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer appears.
August 22nd, 2016: Two 90-year-old veterans jump in a parachute!
Frederick Glover and Ted Pieri, two veterans of British airborne divisions, made their big jump, Saturday, August 20, 2016, to the battery of Merville.
August 21st, 2016: Auction of the collection of the Normandy Tank Museum
Inaugurated in 2013, the Normandy Tank Museum will close on September 18, 2016, due to various difficulties. Its collection is offered at auction as part of an exceptional sale.
August 19th, 2016: 74th anniversary of the landing of Dieppe
On August 19, 2016, the city of Dieppe commemorated the 74th anniversary of the landing of Dieppe (Operation Jubilee) in the presence of veterans and patriotic organizations.
August 4th, 2016: The Vimoutiers Tiger tank soon restored
For forty years, the German tank of Vimoutiers has been exposed on the roadside. Gnawed by rust, an association wants to restore it.
August 1st, 2016: Tribute to the 2nd DB in Saint-Martin-de-Varreville
They were few, just a handful of veterans, present Sunday morning at the Leclerc monument for the 72nd anniversary of the landing of the legendary 2nd French Armored Division led by General Leclerc.
22 July 2016: The airfield of 1940 in Argentan comes out of oblivion
An airfield of the German army which was in service from July 1940 to March 1941 between Argentan and Occagnes came out of oblivion. Thanks to unpublished photographs and some vestiges of this historical episode still present.
8 July 2016: Green light for wind turbines in Normandy
The first three offshore wind farms planned off the coast of France, led by EDF, now have the green light from the Prefectures, but associations are working on a recourse against one of them.
July 2nd, 2016: English victory in Utah Beach
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) won the first stage of the 2016 Tour de France in Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (Manche) on Saturday, July 2nd.
June 27th, 2016: inauguration of a commemorative plaque in Cheux
On Monday, 27 June 2016, seventy-two years after the liberation of the commune, a plaque was placed in honor of four young soldiers who had died in Cheux.
June 24th, 2016: The negationist, Vincent Reynouard, definitively condemned
Vincent Reynouard had targeted several Norman associations dedicated to the duty of memory. He was definitively condemned by the Court of Cassation of Paris.
June 19th, 2016: Practical information for the Tour de France 2016 in Normandy
The start of the Tour de France 2016 takes place on Saturday, July 2nd at Mont-Saint-Michel in the English Channel. Here is the summary and practical information of these three Norman steps.
June 17th, 2016: The former director of the Airborne Museum of Sainte-Mère-Eglise innocenté.
Patrick Bunel, the former director of the Airborne Museum of Sainte-Mère-Eglise from 2006 to 2011 was totally cleared by the Caen Court of Appeal.
June 16th, 2016: exhibition “These men” at the Utah Beach Museum
Since Wednesday, the Utah Beach Museum offers an original and moving exhibition with the life-size portrait of eight D-Day veterans.
12 June 2016: Discovered ammunition near Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
An ammunition depot was found Friday 10 June in the evening in Saint-Martin-de-Varreville. A demining operation should take place quickly.
June 7th, 2016: The spirit of the Rangers greeted at Pointe du Hoc.
“The Pointe du Hoc was to be taken, the success of the D-Day landing depended on it.” 72 years after their heroic ascent, a tribute was paid to the Rangers of Colonel Rudder.
June 5, 2016: Operation Overlord T5, Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944.
Bruno Falba, Davide Fabbri and Christian Dalla Vecchia produced this album, which appears for the D-Day 2016 commemoration in the Overlord collection.