Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Utah Beach

Utah Beach was the farthest west of the Allied landing zones during D-Day, comprising part of the east coast of the Cherbourg peninsula.  After visiting Sainte-Mère-Église, we proceeded to the coastal town of Saint-Marie-du-Mont.  Due to the (all too usual) wet weather, most of us didn't feel like going down to the beach itself, but there were some places to visit such as the Musée du Débarquement.  Here is a monument to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade.

Behind the monument is a cannon, surrounded by flagpoles and tourists.

This memorial is to the naval units that participated in the Utah Beach landing.  In the background, there is an American tank on the left and the Café Roosevelt (named after General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.) to the right.

Here's the tank, with another cannon in the background.  The grayish blur near the front end of the tracks is most likely the result of a raindrop on my camera lens.

Inside the Café Roosevelt were these war-era radios.

For more about the landings at Utah Beach, go here, here, here and here.

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