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Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

Bayeux, Normandy, France

Luke Tomes

24 Nov 2020
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About Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum or ‘Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie’ in Bayeux tells of the story of the World War Two battle which loosened Germany’s grasp on Europe and paved the way for an Allied victory.

Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum history

The invasion of northern France in 1944 was the most significant victory of the Western Allies in the Second World War. American, British and Canadian forces established a foothold on the shores of Normandy, and, after a protracted and costly campaign to reinforce their gains, broke out into the French interior and began a headlong advance.

“Operation Overlord,” as it was codenamed, combined the forces of 156,115 Allied troops, 6,939 ships and landing vessels, 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders that delivered airborne soldiers.

The German Army suffered a catastrophe greater than that of Stalingrad, the defeat in North Africa or even the massive Soviet summer offensive of 1944.

Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum today

Taking a chronological approach, the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum begins in the period prior to the initial assault, through to the infamous Normandy Landings on D-Day up to 29 August 1944.

Displaying military objects from the time, including weaponry and uniforms, the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum offers an overview of the battle and an insight into the events, including a 25-minute film.

A visit to the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum usually lasts around one and a half hours.

Getting to the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

The address for the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum is Boulevard Fabian Ware, 14400 Bayeux, France.

The Battle of Normandy museum is easily accessible from the SNCF train station or the major highways. Parking is in the immediate vicinity.

The Memorial museum is open 7 days a week and is accessible to people with reduced mobility (lift and wheelchair loan).

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