On 6 June 1944, 150 000 men landed on the Normandy beaches from the sea or the air. The Battle of Normandy had begun. During that night and the following weeks, La Manche faced its darkest hours, and is now a place of remembrance.
In La Manche, numerous sites and museums pay tribute to this key episode of the Second World War.
The sites and places of remembrance in La Manche : powerful stories
they are a tribute to the soldiers who liberated Normandy
Visit Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first French town to be liberated by the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
Walk on Utah Beach, one of the five landing beaches, along with Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
Follow the Voie de la Liberté (Liberty Road), the 1 145 km route travelled by the liberators from Normandy to Bastogne in Belgium.
Explore the Azeville and Crisbecq batteries, which were key parts of the Atlantic Wall, the defence system built during the German occupation.
Climb up to the Fort du Roule to better understand the importance of the deep water port in Cherbourg.
Take time to remember in the German and American military cemeteries.
Walk through Saint-Lô, a town that was completely destroyed, and imagine the life of the people living there during the occupation.
Every year, in June, La Manche commemorates the anniversary of D-Day. Ceremonies, convoys of vintage vehicles, militaria fairs, parachute drops, reenactments of military camps, and so on. Normandy celebrates its liberation!