Big Red One Assault Museum, Colleville-sur-Mer

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For a dose of interesting history, head over to Big Red One Assault Museum in Normandy, a site dedicated to the efforts of the US First Infantry Division, nicknamed the Big Red One, and particularly their part in the D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944. The museum includes a number of displays and activities. Watch a fascinating film that chronicles the events of the assault, or you can also go on an hour-long guided tour in either French or English.

The Big Red One division was part of the infamous landing at Omaha Beach where, despite the difficulties encountered, they together with the 29th division went on to secure the areas around Saint-Laurent, Vierville, and Colleville. Work out when and for how long to visit Big Red One Assault Museum and other Colleville-sur-Mer attractions using our handy Colleville-sur-Mer travel route planner .
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  • Small but very complete Museum run by an enthusiast who you can ask multiple questions and who knows his subject. A lot of very authentic details.. .to advise for visitors who wish to immerse themselves in the history and who want clarification on the massacre
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  • One of the most beautiful museum dedicated to D-day! The general public could be frustrated by the small size of this Museum, but the exhibits are absolutely exceptional historical and emotional load transmitted, with many objects or uniforms who experienced the horror Omaha then the furious fighting of the battle of Normandy, often personal, making witnesses extraordinary and very rare. Visit recommended for demanding public who wishes to leave the beaten by noria of tourist cars.
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  • A small museum with a very comprehensive collection and a passionate owner. If you do not know the big red one feel free to ask your questions, it is inexhaustible, and especially his knowledge is more than comprehensive on the subject. A price may seem high but which we thought was quite justified in terms of time and investment of the owner to make 1 great museum open summer and winter.
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  • Excellent museum. Love how personal the displays are. Great collection worth going to see.
  • An outstanding museum run by an extremely passionate owner who clearly lives and breathes D-Day history. A must-visit stop!
  • As often in this area the museum is really tiny. It focuses on one special Unit and has some infos about individuals which makes it ok to have a look. But its not really a must see.
  • Excellant collection updated regularly
  • Small but well worth a look. It is specific to one particular American Division's participation in Operation Overlord.

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