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

Travel Normandy guide Fran├žois 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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Port-en-Bessin

47th RMC Commando Memorial

This picturesque village was the objective of the 47th Royal Marine Commando, which landed east of Le Hamel.
The 47th was hard hit coming ashore, losing four LCA's (with nine others damaged) on the run in. Unexpected resistance delayed its advance westward, and Port-en-Bessin was not liberated until the night of 7-8 June.

Damage to the port was extensive; cargo would not begin to come ashore until 14 June.

A monument commemorating the landing stands on the jetty forming the outer breakwater. It is easily spotted from the shore because of the array of Allied flags flying above it. A well-preserved seventeenth-century defence tower, designed by the Marquis de Vauban, stands at the landward end of the jetty. Below it is a German blockhouse bearing a plaque to the 47th Royal Marine Commando.