News of the Normandy landing beaches

You will find on this page all the news from the historic areas of Normandy, from the landing beaches to the drop zones of Operation Overlord, through the battlefields of the 1944 battles in the Calvados, Manche and Orne counties.

70ème anniversaire du débarquement de Normandie - Cérémonie du cimetière militaire de Colleville-sur-Mer – Photos des commémorations 2014. Photo : D-Day Overlord

May 3, 2019: 2 million visitors expected at Omaha Beach on June 6, 2019

The American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer expects a record influx in 2019, the 75th anniversary of the D-Day, with more than two million visitors expected.

Vue aérienne Pointe du Hoc

April 27, 2019: Will the site of Pointe du Hoc in Normandy have disappeared in 20 years?

Threatened by natural erosion and a significant human activity (especially tourist), the famous WW2 historic site of the Pointe du Hoc could disappear in the next twenty years if nothing is done to protect it.

70ème anniversaire du débarquement de Normandie - Cérémonie du cimetière militaire de Colleville-sur-Mer – Photos des commémorations 2014. Photo : D-Day Overlord

March 12, 2019: will the Franco-American ceremony take place in Colleville-sur-Mer on June 6, 2019?

Only a few weeks from June 6, 2019, the date, time and location of the Franco-American binational ceremony on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings are still to be kown.

February 24, 2019: Death of French veteran Jean Masson

Herido el 6 de junio de 1944 en Sword Beach, Jean Masson perteneció al 1er batallón de comandos marines, el famoso “Comando Kieffer”. Murió el 23 de febrero de 2019 a la edad de 95 años.

Casemate modèle M262 de la batterie de Longues-sur-Mer abritent un canon de 150 mm TK C/36. Photo (2008) : Nitot

February 13th, 2019: 2 million euros for the battery of Longues-sur-Mer

A project to improve the accessibility conditions of the historical site of the Longues-sur-Mer battery was voted on February 7th 2019 by the community of communes of Bayeux Intercom.

Gathering Douglas C-47 aircraft in Normandy on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the landing in 2019. Photo : Daks over Normandy

February 8th, 2019: Daks over Normandy 2019

From 2 to 8 June 2019, at the initiative of “Daks over Normandy” more than thirty DC-3 / C-47 will meet on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the landing and the Battle of Normandy, carrying out parachute drops as well as overflights of the Normandy historical space.

14e édition du festival La Semaine Acadienne à Juno Beach en 2019.

February 4th, 2019: 14th edition of the “Acadian Week” festival

From August 8th to 15th, 2019, the towns of Courseulles-sur-mer, Luc-sur-mer, Douvres-la-Délivrande, Carpiquet, Authie, Beny-sur-mer, in Calvados host the fourteenth edition of the “Acadian Week” Bringing Normandy and Canada together for a colorful festival.

D-Day Race 2019 à Juno Beach en Normandie

January 29th, 2019: the 2019 edition of the D-Day Race at Juno Beach

The third edition of the “D-Day Race” will take place from 18 to 19 May 2019 in Courseulles-sur-Mer. This sports activity, held at the historic sites of Juno Beach, is an obstacle course inspired by Operation Overlord.

Program of the L-Birds Back to Normandy association at the occasion of the D-Day 75th anniversary

January 21st, 2019: “L-Birds back to Normandy”, an exceptional gathering of World War II aircraft

From June 6 to 9, 2019, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the “L-Birds back to Normandy” association organizes an unprecedented gathering of World War 2 aircraft called L-Birds.

Deux bunkers allemands découverts à Rouen lors de fouilles archéologiques. Crédit photo : France 3 Normandie

January 19th, 2019: Two German bunkers from World War II discovered in Rouen

On the occasion of archaeological excavations carried out on the forecourt of the cathedral of Rouen, Normandy, two German shelters, built during the Second World War, were discovered. They were not known to historical services until then.

January 12th, 2019: Accommodations in Normandy are already full for the 75th anniversary of D-Day

While the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings is only five months away and the location of the international ceremony is still unknown, the accommodation services are already sold out.

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