Free Once More
Operation Neptune, better known as the Normandy Landings, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, which was destined to liberate France and then Europe from the Nazi yoke. By the evening of June 6th, nearly 155,000 Allied troops, American, British, Canadian, French, as well as Polish, Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian, plus 20,000 vehicles had landed on the Normandy coast. On the 6th June, over 10,000 would be killed along Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches.
There followed a gigantic battle, which mobilised nearly three million soldiers and ended on August 21st 1944 with the taking of Falaise Chambois Pocket after 77 days of fighting.
Today the sites, museums, cemeteries, German gun emplacements or remains of the Atlantic Wall scattered throughout Normandy are committed to preserving and communicating the memory of these tragic events which profoundly affected history, the landscape and the population of a whole area to future generations.