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Re-live the historic events on D-Day at Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mere-Eglise is a small town in the west of Normandy, France.Why was it important? It was a major strategic crossroads for the troops landing on Utah Beach, the westernmost of the 5 D-Day landing beaches.D-Day, June 06 1944 - the largest amphibious operation in history when 156,000 men from may allied nations landed on the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from Nazi tyranny.Before the beach assaults the plan was to drop thousands of paratroopers to secure the flanks of the invasion area - to hold bridges and important roads.

From Normandy
Online Experience
1 Hour
France
Upto 10 people
English
Highlights
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the quaint town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise
  • Visit the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église with its unique stained-glass windows
  • Interesting stories and anecdotes about the first town in Europe to be liberated on D-Day
Description

The town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise in the Cotentin area of Normandy is known for having been among one of the first towns to be liberated in 1944. Located just a few kilometres from Utah Beach, German troops lost control over this landing beach when American soldiers parachuted into town the day before D-day. On this interactive Online Experience streamed live from Sainte-Mère-Eglise, you will get to learn about the fascinating events that took place at this historic location on D-day.
During the operation, US paratrooper John Steele's parachute had got caught on the steeple of the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and he hung there, feigning death. Today an effigy of him, complete with a parachute, stays on location to remind us of past events. We will begin our tour at this location and learn more about the story of John Steele and some of his comrades. You will see the unique stained-glass windows at the church which memorialise the sacrifices of the paratroopers. Located near the Church is also the Airborne Museum, which offers an exhibition dedicated to the Landing of the 82nd American airborne division.

We will continue our tour and move on to some other memorials in  town which will give you a bigger picture of the paratrooper actions in the area. You will visit the Rue Robert Murphy dedicated to a pathfinder from the war, see the Renaud Monument, and also witness the site of a farmhouse that caught fire during the action.
While taking you along the sites as they exist in the present, I will take you back in time with images and other clips that allow you to gauge the historic events you learn about more closely.

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
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 30 EUR per screen OR as a private session for 120 EUR for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • 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
Jonathan Crowe

Though I have been working as a guide for the last 7 years, I have been interested in history all my life. I am proud to be a qualified Guide Conférencier de France and a Certified Interpretative Guide with the US National Association for Interpretation. It's a real pleasure to be sharing stories of Normandy, France - the D-Day Landings, Vikings, Norman, and Medieval history. What I love about my job is connecting with new people everyday who share my passion for history.



From USD 37 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.