American Battle Monuments: Normandy, Brittany and Pointe du Hoc

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These are a few of the photographs I took when we visited the Normandy and Brittany American Cemeteries this summer.  These two cemeteries are on French soil but their maintenance and care are under the American Battle Monuments Commission – http://www.abmc.gov.  Pointe du Hoc is along the coast overlooking cliffs which the Allied Forces climbed, only to be met by fierce German reinforcements on June 6, 1944 or DDay.  Only 90 U.S. Rangers remained from the Pointe du Hoc assault after 2 days of fighting.  The visit to these cemeteries is an emotional experience.  One can’t help but wonder about the pain and suffering of the soldiers and the courage it took to climb those cliffs.  There are maps among the slides, which illustrate the beaches where the Allied attacks by fleets of U.S., British and Canadian divisions took place.  The Allied Forces battled the Germans throughout Normandy, with the help of French and Polish units, for the next 3 months

The Normandy cemetery overlooks the coastline of Omaha Beach.  On our return to Rennes, the capital of the region of Brittany, we happened upon the Brittany cemetery. It is much smaller and quainter than the Normandy cemetery.  The grounds are beautifully kept with gardens, hedges and large trees.  Both cemeteries have nondenominational chapels.  I hope you enjoy the slides.

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