History Trips to the WWII Battlefields

The Great War was to be followed by the Second World War just two decades later and is undoubtedly the deadliest conflict in modern human history. However, the legacy WWII left on the world has benefited mankind like the development of air travel and mass production of certain medicines.

Visits to the D-Day Landing Beaches of Normandy and many of the local museums and information centres help to increase awareness and knowledge of the period and will give your school trip to the World War II Battlefields great educational value.

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Caen Memorial - Centre for History and Peace

The Caen Memorial is a war museum dedicated to conflict in the 20th century and stands above the headquarters used by the German army during June and July 1944. An area is devoted to the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy showing the true extent of the fierce fighting and mass bomb attacks that decimated the area in what was a key episode in the liberation of Europe.

Pegasus Bridge Museum

Dedicated to the men of 6th Airborne Division the museum exhibits tell the story of the capture of the bridge over the Caen Canal which was vital to the success of the British airborne assault on D-Day. The original Bénouville Bridge, renamed Pegasus Bridge after the liberation, is on display in the park of the museum along with a Bailey bridge and a full size copy of a wartime Horsa glider.

The Merville Battery

the Merville Battery and Museum are the entry point to the historic battle of Normandy, an unavoidable site for those who wish to understand and appreciate what actually happened as dawn broke on the longest day.

Airborne Museum

A few miles from the Normandy landing beaches, the Airborne Museum has become the largest museum in Europe dedicated to the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions engaged in the context of the Normandy invasion in 1944, during the Second World Word.

Arromanches Invasion Museum

The D-day Museum overlooks the very spot where one of the Mulberry Harbours was constructed and where its remains can still be seen today, just a few hundred metres from the shore. The museum recounts the whole story of this remarkable logistical feet by means of models, machinery and movies.

Arromanches 360 Cinema

High up on the cliffs above the invasion site lies Arromanches 360. A 360 cinema experience plunges viewers into the heart of the fighting. The film is a tribute to soldiers from all countries and to the 20,000 civilians who were killed during this battle for the liberation of Europe, battle which gave rise to so much hope.

Juno Beach Centre

Built on the site where the Canadians landed in June 1944 alongside allied forces, the Juno Beach Centre presents Canada’s role in military operations and the war effort on the home front on the Second World War. A place of remembrance and education, the Juno Beach Centre also provides visitors with the opportunity to discover the many facets of contemporary Canadian society and to better understand Canada’s people, culture and values.

Utah Beach Museum

Built on the beach where the first American troops landed on June 6, 1944, the Utah Beach Museum recounts the story of D-Day in 10 sequences, from the preparation of the landing, to the final outcome and success. This comprehensive chronological journey immerses visitors in the history of the landing through a rich collection of objects, vehicles, materials, and oral histories.

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