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Day 3: D-Day Sites (3)
The next stop on our all-day tour from River Baroness was a series of German gun emplacements between Arromanches and Omaha Beach.
Thanks to Allied air bombardment, which had destroyed communications between the gun batteries and the German observers above the beach, the artillerymen were unable to pinpoint their targets on D-Day.
The interior of this German gun battery was in surprisingly
good repair after nearly 70 years.
Soon, it was time to board the buses for the short trip to Omaha Beach.
On June 6, 1944, thousands of troops were killed or wounded at Omaha Beach; those who survived (and who are still alive) can now enjoy a drink, a meal, or a comfortable room at the D-Day House.
Near the Day-Day House, a sign directed visitors to a first-aid station, a pizza parlor, another hotel-restaurant, and a beach club.
Along with our fellow River Baroness passengers, we passed up the chance for a drink, a pizza, or a nap and walked the short distance to the beach.
There, we discovered a memorial sculpture by Anilore Banon, "Les Braves," which was divided into three sections: "Wings of Hope," "Rise, Freedom!," and "Wings of Fraternity."
Nearby, flags flapped in the wind from the North Sea.
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