SWORD BEACH

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LOCATION

14150 Ouistreham

10h30 TO 18h30

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+33 2 31 96 63 10

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MUSEUM OF COMMANDO N°4 - Sword Beach, was the code name given to one of the five main landing areas along the Normandy coast during the initial assault phase, Operation Neptune, of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of German-occupied France that commenced on 6 June 1944. Stretching 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, the beach was the easternmost landing site of the invasion. Taking Sword was to be the responsibility of the British Army with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided by the British Royal Navy as well as elements from the Polish, Norwegian and other Allied navies.

Among the five beaches of the operation, Sword is the nearest to Caen, being located around 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the goal of the 3rd Infantry Division. The initial landings were achieved with low casualties, but the advance from the beach was slowed by traffic congestion and resistance in heavily defended areas behind the beachhead. Further progress towards Caen was halted by the only armoured counter-attack of the day, mounted by the 21st Panzer Division.

AVAILABLE FACILITIES

Duration of the visit: from 1 hour

PARKING

There are many car parking spaces near by.

DISPLAYS

Glass displays and excellent models which show the layout of German defences.

ADMISSION

Adults : 5.00 €
Children (10 to 16 years) : 3.00 €
Children under 10 : Free

GALLERY

Video and photos of Sword Beach

OUR CAMPSITE

SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.

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