D-Day 60 years - June 6 - 2004

Fullscreen panoramas from Normandy by Denis Gliksman http://www.la-grange-numerique.com

From HMS Belfast by Philip Giles http://www.pan3sixty.co.uk

WW2 Resources can be found at this World War II Resource Guide



Pointe-Du-Hoc View the fullscreen QTVR
Actual place is about 800 east of this but impossible to reach by foot. The cliffs are the same all the way.

HMS Belfast 6-inch batteries View the fullscreen QTVR
Denis Gliksman has in collaboration with Trimaran produced a Virtual Tour of all the main D-Day spots in Normandy.

View the full tour at:
http://www.trimaran.com/d-day/

Pointe-Du-Hoc was one of the critical points of the Normandy invasion. There were six 155mm cannons in heavy concrete bunkers which were capable of hitting either beach. The almost 40 meter high cliff was climbed with the help of ropes by the Rangers from the 2nd Ranger Battalion......
Read more about Pointe Du Hoc in the book by the famous American Historian Stephen Ambrose. It is based on the stories from the Veterans of the D-Day.

However do not believe everything. He claims according to all the references from the book I have found that the Cliff is near 100 meter. It is not . The cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc are 30-40 meter which you also can see in the panorama. Also see this page from Brittanica online

Philip Giles has made a Virtual Tour of the HMS Belfast, one of the ships participating in the Invasion of Normandy.

HMS Belfast is a cruiser set to sea in March 1938 and during the Second World War, it played a leading part in the destruction of the German cruiser Scharnhorst at the Battle of North Cape and at the landing in Normandy.

On D-Day HMS Belfast was Responsible for supporting the British and Canadian landings on the 'Gold' and 'Juno' beaches and, it was one of the first ships to open fire on German positions.

During the next five weeks she was almost continuously , firing thousands of projectiles from her main 6-inch and secondary 4-inch batteries to support the Allied troops ashore.


Sainte-Mére-Eglise View the fullscreen QTVR HMS Belfast- Arctic deck View the fullscreen QTVR
Sainte-Mère-Eglise is a small village west of the Utah beach and was the first to be liberated by the allied. It is also specially known because of the American parashooter John Steele who was "captured" by the church tower. The story was used in the movie "The Longest Day" where Red Buttons played the part.

Every year a doll with a Parachute is hanged up on the tower in memory of the liberation.

But not everyone is happy with all the D-day tourism. It has changed the village to a war museum tourist place with D-day souvenir shops as the main business.

D-DAY TOURISM UPSETS FRENCH VILLAGE LIFE

Today HMS Belfast is a part of the Imperial War Museum and is anchored right in the centre of London between the Tower and London Bridge.

LINK: HMS Belfast


The Pegasus Bridge View the fullscreen QTVR Hanstholm Bunker View the fullscreen QTVR
The Pegasus Bridge was a main way for the Invasion troops to pass into Normandy. It was captured as the first spot by British Airborne troops early in the morning of June 6, 1944.

Pegasus Bridge Museum

The Atlantic Wall was built as a defence line stretching from Norway to the south of France. The numbers of bunkers seems to be unknown, some references says 11.500 others claim 14.000

One claims that only in Denmark alone 7000 bunkers was built,

The largest in North Europe was the Hanstholm fortress. Denmark was considered one of the possible sites for an invasion by the Germans but was actually never a consideration for the allied.

The fact is that the number of German troops in Denmark at the time of the Invasion was 222.000 which was about twice what they had in Normandy.