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Utah beach landing museum

At the dawn of June 6, 1944 the beach of madeleine, renamed by de code name “Utah Beach”, saw the arrival of US troops for what remains the largest landing of troops ever made in history with 830 000 men and 725,000 tons of material.

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Created in 1962, the museum has been enlarged several times thanks to the generosity of the descendants of D-Day fighters, including an authentic B26 Marauder bomber and two flight simulators designed to immerse visitors in the hell of this night.

char d'assault US musée

Regularly the place of international commemorations, it was also in 2017 the place of arrival of the “tour de France” cycling stage “from Mont Saint Michel to Utah Beach”.

After visiting the museum visitors can not resist a pleasant walk on the sandy beach or a good swim. It was obviously quite different on June 6, 1944 when the U.S. soldiers were all heroes.

Finally, even if the articles about this beach and the museum speak little about it, the rise of the sea level due to the global warming is very visible for the inhabitants. The fields are regularly nibbled by the waves.

 

Musée Utah Beach

Museum web site : http://www.utah-beach.com/
facebook : https://www.facebook.com/UtahbeachMuseum/

The church

église sainte marie du mont

Listed as a historic monument in 1840, the church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is made up of several parts of different styles due to the fact that they were built in different centuries.
Started by its roman nave in the 11th century, it was continued in the 12th century with collaterals and then transept. In the 14th century, the choir and the bays of the collaterals were built. In the 16th century, its bell tower and dome rose. They are remarkable in Cotentin by their look. Finally, in the 17th century the sacristy was built.

Restorations: in 1843 the Renaissance upper floor was restored. New restuaration works, started in 2017, are underway at the church tower and will end in 2019.

A war memorial is placed in front of its main entrance, but the cemetery is further east up towards the beach.

A visit inside the church allows to discover objects also classified historical monuments (stained glasses, pulpit, statue)

From the top of the bell tower, watchmen from the German army were observing the surroundings.
Then the church, placed at the top of a hill and visible from the beach, was the witness, and a reference point, of the Allied landings on June 6, 1944. Thus, the dome was damaged by two shells of 105 fired from the battery of Holdy located more inside the ground. The confessional and the external tower walls remain marked by the impact of American bullets.
Every year in June, World War II enthusiasts gather around the church with their vintage jeeps and other military vehicles.

 

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August 15th is the day of the village festival. Many animations take place. A pedestrian race starts from the historic beach utah beach and ends at the church square where the fairground rides are located. On several occasions, by day and by night, floats long made by the inhabitants according to a theme chosen from months before travel through the village and revolve around the church square.

International march for peace

For years, hundreds of people have traveled the Cotentin countryside to promote peace during an event called “Walk for Peace”. Following the march for peace organized in 2006 around the parish of Holy Mother Church, the international peace march took off the following year in 2007. No matter the confession of its participants or whether they are secular, they come from different horizons: Australia, United States, Great Britain, India, Germany or different regions of France. Some, unfortunately few, lived during the Second World War and are precious witnesses.

La Marche Pour La Paix (crédit ouest-france.fr)

pedestrians for peace (crédit ouest-france.fr)

A starting point is chosen every year and so far the weather has been good for the walkers.
They will surely tell you that it is important but what is more important is the good mood and the sharing of the effort. It is this last feeling that makes those who have tasted a first step come back the following years when they can.

In 2014, the start was given on the beach of Utah-beach.
This beach is famous in history because the American troops landed on June 6, 1944. It was the biggest landing in the world history.
It is on this occasion that the beach of the madeleine was renamed code named “Utah beach”.
This makes this place a real symbol for peace.

On the morning of May 31, Bishop Monseigneur Le Boulch gave the start of the March which lasted the day with a well-deserved break at noon at Sainte Marie du Mont.

In 2017, the international march for peace was followed by a drone pilot (Jacques Renoir). In 2018, the international march for peace will leave Carentan.

 

https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/une-marche-pour-la-paix-dutah-sainte-mere-2573328
http://marche-internationale-pour-la-paix.fr/
http://www.dimension-drone.fr/Marchepourlapaix
https://www.lamanchelibre.fr/actualite-420485-une-projection-pour-les-benevoles

Utah beach landing museum

A l’aube du 6 juin 1944 la plage de la madeleine, renommée du nom de code “Utah Beach”, a vu arriver les troupes américaines pour ce qui reste la plus débarquement de troupes jamais réalisé dans l’histoire avec 830 000 hommes et 725 000 tonnes de matériel.

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Créé en 1962, le musée s’est agrandi à plusieurs reprises grâce entre autres à la générosité de descendants de combattants du jour J et contient notamment un authentique bombardier B26 Marauder et deux simulateurs de vol destinés à immerger les visiteurs dans l’enfer de cette nuit là.

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Régulièrement le lieu de commémorations internationales, il fut également en 2017 le lieu d’arrivée de l’étape “Mont Saint Michel – Utah Beach”.

Après la visite du musée les visiteurs ne résistent pas à une agréable ballade sur la plage de sable fin, voire à un bon bain. Il en était évidemment tout autrement le 6 juin 1944 où les soldats U.S. étaient tous des héros.

Enfin, même si les articles concernant cette plage et le musée en parlent peu, la montée du niveau de la mer due au réchauffement climatique est bien visible pour les habitants. Les champs sont régulièrement grignotés par les vagues.

Musée Utah Beach

Site web du musée : http://www.utah-beach.com/
facebook : https://www.facebook.com/UtahbeachMuseum/

Ornithological reserve of Beauguillot

A un kilomètre au sud d’Utah beach se trouve une réserve ornithologique où des aménagements permettent d’observer discrètement les oiseaux et mammifères des marais.

réserve de beauguillot - poste d'observation

Des panneaux didactiques permettent aux moins avertis et aux enfants de découvrir la faune et d’apprendre le nom des animaux qu’ils pourront apercevoir depuis les observatoires.

panneau didactique

Si vous passez par là n’oubliez pas de vous munir de jumelles ou d’une longue vue avec un pied si vous voulez profiter au maximum du spectacle aux différents postes d’observation.

Amateurs de drones, sachez que le lieu est interdit de survol. Ne faites d’ailleurs aucun bruit, ici c’est le royaume de la faune des marais. Parlez bas.