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Learn the story of D Day at Sainte-Mere-Eglise

In this real-time online tour of the village square and church of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, you will discover the incredible story of American paratroopers on D-Day and the fate of those that parachuted down on the village square. On the morning of 6th June 1944, as a prelude to the Allied landing in Normandy, 15000 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were dropped to secure key crossroads and bridges in order to ensure the success of the invasion. Scattered by the winds and poor visibility, many landed miles away from their intended drop zones. The experience of some of those men was immortalized by the 1962 movie 'The Longest Day' with the scenes depicting the landing in Sainte-Mere-Eglise. During this live tour of the village, you will learn of the real story of these men - those that lost their lives, those that survived with courage and luck, and, of course, the remarkable story of Pfc. John Steele who got stuck on the steeple of the church of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. During this walk around the main square and the church, you will also get to see how the locals kept the story alive and preserved the memory of the courage and sacrifice of American soldiers in 1944 through monuments and stained glasses.

From Normandy
Online Experience
1 Hour
France
Upto 1 person
English
Highlights
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise
  • Discover the incredible story of American Paratroopers on D-Day 
  • Walk in the village square and church to see how the locals have kept the story alive
Description

In this live visit of the village square and church of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, you will discover the incredible story of American paratroopers on D-Day and the fate of those that parachuted down on the village square. 

On the morning of 6th June 1944, as a prelude to the Allied landing in Normandy, 15000 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were dropped to secure key crossroads and bridges in order to ensure the success of the invasion. Scattered by the winds and poor visibility, many landed miles away from their intended drop zones. The experience of some of those men was immortalized by the 1962 movie 'The Longest Day' with the scenes depicting the landing in Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

During the tour of the village, you will learn of the real story of these men - those that lost their lives, those that survived with courage and luck, and, of course, the remarkable story of Pfc. John Steele who got stuck on the steeple of the church of Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

During this walk around the main square and the church, you will also get to see how, through monuments and stained glasses, the locals kept the story alive and preserved the memory of the courage and sacrifice of American soldiers in 1944.

About this experience
Instructions
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for 75 EUR for 3 screens or book as a private tour for 150 EUR and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Pierre-Samuel Natanson

I was born in 1987 in Cherbourg, Normandy. I grew up here, nurtured by the stories of Europe from my grandparents. As a child, I used to visit the sites of the battle of Normandy and grew a passion for WWII history. I went on to study military history at King’s College London and Caen University.

I started leading tours for the Caen Memorial Museum in 2012. During these fruitful years, I completed my knowledge of both the history and the geography of Normandy. This allows me to offer a rich, enlightening and friendly experience of one of the hardest battles ever fought in human history.

I became an independent guide in 2017, after several years of guiding on the Normandy battlefields. This allows me to offer a unique experience of Normandy. I offer tailor-made private tours of the battle of Normandy sites for guests. I seek to offer a once in a lifetime experience and a deep insight into these formidable events. My objective is to share years of accumulated knowledge, experiences and stories with you.

From USD 88 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.