France prepares to commemorate D-Day's 80th anniversary

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  • Wednesday, 17 Apr 2024

A drone view shows the World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, situated above Omaha Beach, Normandy region, France, April 11, 2024. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS, France (Reuters) - Eighty years on, Normandy's beaches and fields still bear the scars of violence that erupted during World War Two on D-Day, history's largest amphibious invasion on June 6, 1944, drone footage shows.

Commemorations in June will mark the day when more than 150,000 allied soldiers invaded France to drive out Hitler's forces.

At the Normandy American Cemetery, perched above Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer, dotted with white cross headstones and U.S. flags, 9,386 soldiers are buried.

Along the coast lie the remains of the artillery batteries of Longues-sur-Mer, from which the forces of Nazi Germany shelled invading forces on Omaha Beach.

Allied troops built the Winston Harbour nearby, in Arromanches-les-Bains, to bring in the supplies needed to force the Germans out of France, with its concrete caissons still visible to this day.

The D-Day beaches, spread over 120 km (75 miles) of the Normandy coastline, attract large numbers of tourists each year.

(Reporting by Christian Hartmann and Manuel Ausloos; Editing by Ros Russell)

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