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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Authie

Memorial

On 7 June 1944, Authie was liberated by the North Nova Scotia Highlander, then taken back by grenadiers of the 12th SS Panzer-Division.

After their counter offensive the SS assassinated 37 Canadian prisoners from the town and some who were captured along the road to Abbaye d'Ardenne. They played with a dead Canadian body; put a cigarette in his mouth and a nazi helmet on his head.

One wounded Canadian soldier was laying on a table in a house dining room, when a SS entered the home and killed him. Also, when the Canadians were in the village they gave cigarettes to civilians, when the SS realized that some of the locals had allied cigarettes, they arrested them and executed 7 men.

A fortunate one had a hole in his trouser pocket and could drop the cigarette that hole saved his life. When the SS moved away from Authie they drove their vehicles over the Canadian prisoners' bodies. The front stabilized with no movement for a month with 160 casualties and 7 Shermans destroyed. Operation Windsor was to capture Carpiquet town and airfield.

Authie Memorial, with the plaque dedicated to the 7 civilians executed by the Hitlerjungend.