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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Commandos Monument.

Bavent village and Woodland

2 miles east of Le Mesnil, the village was occupied by German troops, so the 1st Canadian Parachute BN sent several probing patrols, the operation turning close to a disaster , when a German machine gunner acting with surprise, opened fire.

The Canadians made as much noise as they could. Fortunately not a single man was lost. Once away from the village, Lt. McGowan ordered 3 men to break cover and draw fire to reveal their positions.

During the night the 1st Bn sent 12 men under the protection of 14 sappers to set explosive charges in houses and heavy mortar position.  The first unit to be pulled out of the line was the 3rd Parachute Bgde., whose numbers were by far the weakest, having suffered the worst of the attaks during the previous days.

On the June 16th their positions, stretch from Bois de Bavent to Le Mesnil, were taken over by the 5th Parachute Bgde. Nearby north of Le Mesnil to Bréville was the 6th Airlanding Bgde. The first Special Service Bgde still held the ground west of Bréville next to Le Plein, Amfreville and Hauger Hamlet, to the west were Commandos 4th SS.