In the second part of my posts about the D-Day landings I am going to show some photographs of the Utah beach area, which is just to the north of Pointe du Hoc. It was the code name for a 5km long beach between the villages of Poupeville and la Madeleine, and represented the most westerly of the five landing sites during the D-Day landings. You can read much more about the landings on Utah beach here.
To me, the picture below sums up the feeling I got in walking around these memorials, the liberty of Western Europe is thanks to the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of young men who gave up their lives to liberate Europe from the Nazis. As I said in my blog yesterday, most of these young men were from many thousands of miles away, and who probably had no idea where Normandy or even France were a few years before they found themselves facing machine guns fire from the German soldiers.