The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe

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530 Main Avenue, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
(732) 714-8881
The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe - at the Omaha 6 Juin Museum
The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe - Dog Tags found on the beach from a US Service member
The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe - a US 60mm Mortar System; youd be surprised how little this thing has changed
The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe - The inscription on the monument says: 'The Allied Forces landing on this shore which they call Omaha Beach Liberate Europe~ June 6th 1944'
The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe - 'Les Braves' The wings of Hope, Fraternity and Rise Freedom

The Bay Head Bistro & Cafe Colleville-sur-Mer Reviews

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9 reviews
Jun 28, 2007
Most peoples knowledge of Normandy Beach and the Allied Invasion that took place on the 6th of June, 1944 is from early school teachings or from films such as 'Saving Private Ryan'. However, until you have set foot on the beaches where over 10,000 American soldiers gave their lives, you can not truly apprechiate or begin to understand the monumental obstacles they faced, over came, and ultimatly how they helped to liberate Europe. The Normandy invasion still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy. Operation Neptune was the codename given to the initial assault phase of Operation Overlord; its mission, to gain a foothold on the continent, started on June 6, 1944 (commonly known as D-Day) and ended on June 30, 1944. Visiting Normandy Beach is the first place to start to understand this amazing military operation. Without even stepping foot in one of the numerous museums, you can begin to see the numerous obstacles the Allied Forces faced. If you make your way to the waterfront and look towards the shore, you can still see German emplaced bunkers where teams of machine gunners waited for the Allied Forces to land. In a military aspect, the 'Victory' by the Allied Forces should have never happened. The bombings that took place prior to the invasion were off target and the airborne invasion that was meant to help was also off. When you stand in the bunkers and pill boxes, you can see a perfect elevated position with a range of anywhere from 500-800 meters; perfect for a machine gun position. The beach is also very long with little to no natural cover until you reach the elevated inland hills. On the first day of the operation, at 6:30 am the first wave of the 1st Infantry Division was almost completly wiped out, the second wave at 7 am also suffered very heavy losses. Around 9 am, the Rangers and the 116th Infantry Regiment opened the first exit. Around 10 am, two gates were finally cracked open at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, with the support of tanks, and two destroyers shelling the casemates of Les Moulins. Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer was liberated at the end of the afternoon of D-Day, Colleville-sur-Mer was seized the next day. While the events seem to be easy to write and read, they were in no way easy feats to accomplish. You can begin to see what was involed by stepping into one of the many museums in and around Normandy Beach. The Omaha 6 Juin 1944 Museum sits about 500 meters from the beach head and has many relics and personal affects found throughout the beach through donations and excavations in the area. Weapons from both Allied and German forces, vechicles, dog tags, personal notes, and many documents show the great sacrifices made by many young men. If you find yoursef in France, particularly in Paris, Normandy is only about a 2 hour drive and is well worth a day spent reflecting and learning about one of the greatest and most significant events in modern history.
at the Omaha 6 Juin Museum
Dog Tags found on the beach from a…
a US 60mm Mortar System; youd be s…
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