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Day 3: D-Day Sites (3)

Gun emplacements near Arromanches

The next stop on our all-day tour from River Baroness was a series of German gun emplacements between Arromanches and Omaha Beach.

German gun emplacement in Normandy

German gun near 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.

Interior of German gun battery behind Normandy beaches

The interior of this German gun battery was in surprisingly good repair after nearly 70 years.

Tour buses near Arromanches and Omaha Beach

Soon, it was time to board the buses for the short trip to Omaha Beach.

Omaha Beach hotel-restaurant

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.

Sign on Omaha Beach

Near the Day-Day House, a sign directed visitors to a first-aid station, a pizza parlor, another hotel-restaurant, and a beach club.

Tourists on Omaha Beach

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.

Omaha Beach memorial 

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."

Flags on Omaha Beach

Nearby, flags flapped in the wind from the North Sea.

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Day-by-day River Baroness cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Paris
Day 2: Les Andelys
Day 3: D-Day Sites
Day 4: Rouen
Day 5: Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux
Day 6: Giverny
Day 7: A Day in Paris
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Baroness cruise review
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Uniworld River Countess cruise review (Venice and Venetian Lagoon)