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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Ranville, the British Cemetery

British Cemetery

Ranville is best reached by taking the D513 north-eastwards out of Caen, and after about 9 kilometres turning left at Herouvillette. Go north for one kilometre and then turn left into Ranville village. The War Cemetery is on Rue des Airbornes.

The Allied offensive in north-western Europe began with the Normandy landings of 6 June 1944. Ranville was the first village to be liberated in France when the bridge over the Caen Canal was captured intact in the early hours of 6 June by troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were landed nearby by parachute and glider.

Many of the division's casualties are buried in Ranville War Cemetery and the adjoining churchyard. The Cemetery contains 2,235 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 97 of them unidentified. There are also 330 German graves and a few graves of other nationalities.








New Zealand








Unknown Allied




Totally Unidentified


Brothers buried side by side:

  • Lieutenant J. Maurice Rousseau: 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, killed 20th September 1944.
  • Lieutenant J. Philippe Rousseau: 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, killed 7th June 1944.

Private E.S. Corteil 9th Bn Parachute Regiment:

  • Killed 6th June 1944, age 19. Buried in the same grave as his dog «Glenn», mascot of 9 Para.

Private R.J. Johns 13th Bn Parachute Regiment

  • Killed 23rd July 1944, age 16. The youngest British Paratrooper killed in WW2; the youngest British soldier to die in the war was Jack Banks buried at «Jerusalem Cemetery».