Normandy and the D-Day Beaches
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June 24th, 2009 – by: reger1520
The German Battery was situated about 15 minutes outside of Bayeux on the shores of the English Channel. It was basically a big field that reminded me of Verdun. There were small forts situated throughout the field that showed scars from bombs and bullets. After about an hour or so walking around, we were off to Omaha beach and the American Cemetery.
Bertrand had told us that we would be able to take a swim at Omaha beach if we could handle the water temperature.
We then tested out the water. Almost everyone backed out except me and two other guys. In we went. It wasn’t nearly as cold as I had expected and I was able to stay in for almost ten minutes. The surf was pretty rough and the water had a brownish tint to it, but I can now say I’ve swam at Omaha beach.
After relaxing on the beach and drying off, we checked out the American Cemetery.
Our final stop for the day was the Caen War Memorial, a huge museum dedicated to World War II, and in particular, Normandy’s role in the war. It was a very well laid out museum that led you from the very beginnings of Nazi Germany to the final victories in both Europe and the Pacific. After about two hours there, I was war’d out. I slept the entire bus ride back to the hostel and then another hour before dinner.
After dinner, everyone was trying to decide on plans for the night. Since Bayeux is so small, we ended up heading to a park next to the hostel. A few people sat and drank wine, some of us threw a Frisbee around, and others just chatted. After an hour or so, we all began mingling together and ended up playing duck-duck-goose. Imagine about 20 Americans and a few French guys playing duck-duck-goose in a park in Bayeux, France. Needless to say, it was one of the most fun nights of the trip.
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