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Mont-Ormel Museum: Photos

Check out some of the photos I took at the Mont-Ormel Museum below!

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Merville Battery: Origins of Dakota Aeroplane

When the Merville Battery Museum first began to look for a Douglas C47, the iconic aircraft of the airborne forces, no one imagined the adventure that was about to unfold. Acting on information supplied by a French soldier who had served with UN forces in the Balkans in 1992, Dakota 43-15073 was located in Bosnia and Herzegovina and her history uncovered.

A long period of negotiations began to obtain the permission of the authorities for the removal and recovery of the aircraft. Families of the crew in 1944 were traced. A group of volunteers called “the SNAFU Team” began preparations for the recovery of Douglas 43-15073 by road across Europe to Normandy.

She arrived in Normandy on 6th December 2007 where she was restored by a team of fifty volunteers and pupils from an industrial apprentice college. Finally, in May 2008 she was transferred by road to the Merville Battery Museum.

Normande cattle

During your visit to Normandy for the 70th D-Day Anniversary this year, you may have spotted some Normande cattle!

This breed of cow are believed to have been brought to Normandy by the Viking conquerors in the 9th and 10th centuries.

So if you found yourself tucking into some Camembert, you’ve got Normandy’s lush green pastures and these guys to thank.

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Bayeux Museum: D-Day Exhibition

To commemorate the 70th D-Day Anniversary, the Bayeux Museum introduced a temporary D-Day exhibition, featuring several D-Day veterans’ artwork.

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