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Field of poppies © Somme Tourisme AB

WW2 memorials

Walk along the Normandy coastline and around the towns and villages scattered alongside it and you will find a number of monuments, plaques and sculptures dedicated to remembering those who fought in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Many towns and cities throughout the region, as well as across France also have their own memorials to the fallen and the victorious.

The memorials across Normandy vary in type and size with some dedicated to regiments or units such as the Maison de Queen's Own Rifles or the Pointe du Hoc Memorial to the US Rangers, whilst others commemorate the actions of entire armed forces such as the Souvenir Gardens at the Memorial de Caen. Others, like the Bayeux Memorial, list the names of those killed in action who have no known grave.

Visit these memorials to remember those who fought and died, whether you are honouring a family member or are just interested in the history, and to commemorate the actions of the Allied forces in liberating France in 1944.

Places to honour, respect and remember

BAYEUX MEMORIAL

Standing opposite the British War Cemetery, the Bayeux Memorial is inscribed with the names of over 1,800 men who lost their lives in the early stages of the Normandy Campaign.

MEMORIAL DE CAEN SOUVENIR GARDENS

The souvenir gardens at the Memorial de Caen began when the Israeli president planted one tree here to symbolise life in 1988.

MAISON DU QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES

One of the most famous places in the D-Day Landings it is commonly considered to be the first house liberated by the Allies on 6 June 1944.

POINTE DU HOC RANGER MEMORIAL

Standing right at the tip of this rugged clifftop, the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial was originally erected by the French in honour of the American Second Ranger Battalion.

MONTORMEL MEMORIAL

The Montmortel Memorial commemorates the Battle of the Falaise Pocket, a period of intense fighting that raged in the area around Falaise during the Battle of Normandy.

MEMORIAL DE BRUNEVAL

In memory of 120 British soldiers from the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment who were dropped over the Cap d'Antifer for an assault on a radar station.

Plan your D-Day trip

Let us take you straight into the heart of Normandy with our popular sailings from Portsmouth to Caen as well as sailings from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg.

And, book a ferry-inclusive holiday or break with us to get your travel and accommodation sorted in one go!

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Aerial view of Poole harbour, from where Brittany Ferries sail to Cherbourg, France

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