Through 3 free web applications and dozens of audio testimonies, archive images and videos, dive into the heart of this historic battle: D-Day.
Are you visiting the D-Day landing beaches? Are you interested in the history of 6 June 1944? In addition to the many sites and museums in the Battle of Normandy area, we have selected 3 web applications for you to discover on your smartphone or tablet.
credits : François Monnier, N. Papouin
Through historical facts and the testimonies of soldiers and civilians, the Dans leurs Pas, Remem’Bernières and D-Day Apps offer an enriching and moving experience.
The historical content is suitable for all audiences, adults, children and teenagers. The historical information presented is in line with primary and secondary school curricula.
Take time to listen with your family to the testimonies of local people who recount the images of the Second World War, which they remember forever. Their stories invite questions. They are designed to generate interaction and dialogue within your family.
The discovery of testimonies and archive images will allow your children to better understand why so many young people committed themselves to Freedom.
In Normandy, at dawn on 6 June 1944, D-Day begins. The inhabitants heard the planes and the first bombs falling on the beaches of Calvados and La Manche.
135,000 Allied soldiers stormed the Normandy beaches, including 14,000 Canadians and more than 8,000 British on a stretch of coastline known as Juno Beach. This area stretched from Graye-sur-Mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, between Sword Beach and Gold Beach.
Here we are! Operation Overlord is launched.
It was the Landing that the French and Europeans had been waiting for.
#1 In Their Steps
Civilians and soldiers, their story in June 1944
The application dansleurspas.com pays tribute to the actors and witnesses of the Second World War.
Their names are Léonard, Thomas or Françoise, they are Canadian, British or French, soldiers or civilians, and they have all agreed to recount their memories of 1944: the occupation, the wait for D-Day, the sounds and smells of D-Day, the meeting with the Canadian soldiers…
You will find poignant testimonies in the form of videos, audio and texts. But also the story of the liberation of our villages in the first hours of June 6, 1944, with archive photos.
This application complements an exhibition of outdoor kiosks located in 7 municipalities in the Juno and Sword areas.
In the footsteps of the Canadian regiments on 6 June 1944
For 6 June, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division’s objectives were to land on Juno, establish a strong bridgehead between Gold and Sword Beach to link up with British troops, and seize Carpiquet airport.
In the barges, the photograph of the famous house, now called the Maison des Canadiens at Bernières-sur-Mer, was shown to the soldiers. It was one of the landmarks for the landing on Juno Beach. It was then occupied by the British Admiral Cooper who, until September 1944, was in charge of coordinating all supply operations for the Allied troops advancing inland.
Discover the history of the Allied landings at Bernières-sur-Mer through 2 signposted and geolocated circuits, with the help of the Remem’Bernières web application.
About thirty period photos on external supports mark out the 2 geolocated circuits: “They landed” and “They liberated our village”. A signpost in the commune allows you to follow the soldiers’ route through Bernières-sur-Mer step by step.
The first reports for the press and radio worldwide were broadcast from the commune of Bernières-sur-Mer. Among the journalists present was Marcel Ouimet. Born in 1915 in Montreal, perfectly bilingual, he followed the Canadian army in Italy, in North-Western Europe and then landed on D-Day after the first waves of assault.
3# DDAY APP
Discover all the sectors of the D-Day landing beaches
D-Day App is a free application for visiting and discovering the Normandy Landing Beaches through thirty points of interest. From Utah Beach to Sword Beach, discover the history of the D-Day with a complete audio guide and a retrospective map.
Thanks to audio description, put on your headphones and discover the story of 6 June 1944.
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The little extras:
- free web applications,
- without downloading,
- accessible on smartphone, tablet or computer from your sofa or in front of the D-Day landing beaches,
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
- contents in English.
To go further:
Audiospot at Dover Radar Station
Discover an authentic German radar station that was used to detect airborne troops. With Audiospot, enjoy a guided tour from your smartphone to discover the life of the soldiers in the station’s bunkers.
Explore Juno at the Juno Beach Centre
The Juno Beach Centre is resolutely focused on passing on the memory to younger generations. Its young people’s trail, which is integrated into the museography, allows young people to learn about the role played by Canada during the Second World War with a human, historical and fun approach.