A World War II historic guide to discover the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

Travel Normandy guide François Gauthron offers tours of the Normandy landing beaches, World War II battlefield. Come and discover the most famous part of Normandy where took place the Landing and the battle of Normandy in June 1944 to liberate France and Europe. You will be escorted by a qualified bilingual guide who will show you round the major sites of the beaches. Visit the highlights of World War II sites in Normandy with an expert license guide, first the most important sites of the landing beaches.

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Travel in Normandy with Francois Gauthron


HQ T.A.C. Mal. Montgomery

In August, Lt. General Bernard Montgomary moved his Tactical HQ at Blay, only 20 km south-west of Port-en-Bessin.

This C-47 is parked on Pierced Steel Plank (PSP) «hardstanding» at what the original Signal Corps caption indicates is «an advanced fighter base near the front line» in Normandy.

This unspecified airstrip's purpose was «to accommodate the personal planes of four-star generals» and, upon close inspection, the aircraft bears the insignia of both the 21st Army Group and the British 2nd Army on its nose.

The picture is dated July 19, during the period that Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery's HQ was situated at Blay, close to ALG A-9 at Le Molay (just north of Le Molay-Littry), which had been completed on July 8, although some construction equipment is still visible in the background below the left engine.