Bed & Breakfast near Ste Mere Eglise

MH MAISON LES HIRONDELLES LUXURY DUTCH B&B IN NORMANDY (50)

D Day, every day is memorial day

MH is very centrally located in the D-Day area. You can experience this throughout the entire year.

However, every year around 6 June, special commemorations take place. There are countless D Day activities, camps, driving jeeps, tanks, etc. It is a special event to attend. You can go to countless places.

D-Day 1944 is celebrated and commemorated every five years. 2024 will be another big memorial year with (unfortunately) the last veterans.

Book your room in time as it is always very busy every year during the first week of June.

Some facts

The many interesting museums and bunkers are open almost the entire year.

These give a good insight into how great the logistics D-Day operation Overlord has been to which we owe our freedom.

We also recommend you to visit the memorial museum and the impressive burial ground in Colleville sur Mer or Omaha Beach. The many brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for us are honored and remembered here for the rest of the days.

Some popular D-Day monuments and museums:

  • The museums and cemetery Omaha Beach
  • The museum in Utah Beach
  •  Pointe du Hoc
  • The artificial port in Arromanches (Mulberry port)
  • Pegasus bridge at Ouistreham

In addition, there are many smaller museums and bunkers close to MH, about which we are happy to give you tips and an overview if you stay with us.

Sainte Mere Eglise has become famous for, among other things, the film from the 1960s The Longest Day, where unfortunately American paratroopers landed in the village and on the town square. John Steele stuck to the church tower with his parachute.

The battle for Normandy was a tough and difficult battle with many obstacles. One of them had to do with the natural environment of the Cotentin. The many hedges that surround the meadows made it very confusing for the Allies on the ground.

Some numbers of D-Day and the battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord:

The most important landing beaches of the Allies are:

The American sector: Utah Beach, Omaha Beach and La Pointe du Hoc

The British and Canadian sectors: Sword Beach, Juno Beach and Gold

Marine
More than 6,600 sailing units, including war bottoms, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, minesweepers, coasters, submarine hunters, landing craft cargo ships.

Armed forces on the warships and transport fleet: 195,701 men and women.

Total invasion forces on D-Day: 157,205 men and women

Air force
11,590 aircraft, 5,510 of which are Canadian and 6,080 American, and 3,500 gliders.

Army
20,000 vehicles including more than 1,000 tanks.

Landing troops
57,500 American soldiers spread over Utah and Omaha beach.

75,215 British soldiers divided between Gold, Juno and Sword.

24,490 airborne troops or by glider land; 15,500 Americans and 7,990 British and Canadians.

More than 10,000 men and women died on the first day of the invasion.

It took until 12 June until different landing beaches were connected.

The Allies had realized a front of 79 km long and 24 km wide.

The French population also had to make many sacrifices, thanks to the bombing of the Allies prior to the invasion. Around D day, around 26,000 civilian deaths occurred.

The French resistance has played a major role in disabling the German communication lines.

At 4 km from MH is also a small German cemetery and several small villages with small-scale memories of D day.

At the church of Hémevez you will also find a memorial from the war. War crimes have occurred in the meadows around Hémevez. The victims are commemorated in a special way every year, together with Americans, French and Germans.

On the internet you will find a lot of information about D Day and the events in Normandy.

The film Saving Private Ryan and the series Band of Brothers give a very good picture of what happened.