31st January 2014

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, a crucial event in the turnaround of WWII. On the 6th June 1994, the allies secretly planned to invade Normandy, the plan was destined to become the opening scene of a remarkable confrontation that would mark the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe.

Your students can get involved in this special anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
An action packed programme of events launches from March right through to the end of August, there will be military parades, parachute jumps, firework displays, commemorations, concerts, big band dances and exhibitions galore. Please contact us today for more information.

On a study trip to Normandy this year, you can also visit the  captivating Overlord Museum, Colleville -sur-mer. It is situated at the entrance to the American cemetery and is home to a wealth of military equipment, including personal items form individual soldiers and armoured fighting vehicles from the six armies who fought World War II.  The founder of the museum, Michel Leloup, observed the battle of Normandy, and decided to start collecting military equipment, which was the start of a lifelong passion that consumed him for 40 years. Your students can learn many interesting historic facts about the battle and witness the incredible vehicles, artillery pieces sings, documents and personal objects all bearing witness to the terrible fighting in 1944.

The Caen Memorial Centre for history and peace, maintains various exhibitions which portray the tragic event of WWII and the Battle of Normandy. There is also a new permanent exhibition at the Centre for History and Peace, which is a fantastic chance for your students to learn more about key point of the Battle of Normandy. The exhibition recreates General Richter’s underground bunker, an underground tunnel which was dug in limestone, the bunker which contained a transmission centre, also housed a team of secretaries, telephonists, cartographers and officers who collected information in secret before reporting to the higher echelons. The exhibition now has an inventive staging that highlights the military aspects of the German Occupation as well as the history of the Atlantic wall, from its construction to its role during the D-Day landings.

Upon marking this anniversary, you can also receive a free D-Day study pack, which includes general background information, educational exercises, a fun crossword plus a map of the region.

Contact Adaptable Travel today to start organising your school trip to Normandy.

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