1944 Historical Trail

Trips and Tours

The 1944 Historical Trail is a 40 km circuit in the Carentan area that takes in 13 sites that were important in the battles to free this sector following D-Day.

20,000 US troops were dropped on D-Day in a triangle between Carentan, Saint-Mere-Eglise and Utah Beach. Their mission was to protect the troops landing on Utah Beach and seize the town of Carentan to link up the front. The battle to liberate the sector from the German paratroopers was fierce and the Allieds finally completed their mission on the 12th of June.

Maps of the route are available for free from the Carentan Tourist Office and the D-Day Paratroopers Historical Centre.The tour usually takes around 3 hours but you can travel at your own pace with your car.

Places to visit nearby

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Nearby attractions

The D-Day Paratroopers Historical Center, or Dead Man's Corner Museum. is located in the heart of the parachute zone at Dead Man's Corner.

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or open sky museum, is a 50km circuit around Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach covering 10 important sites that were key places in the D-Day landings.

The American Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who took part in the night raids on the eve of the D-Day landings.