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Exhibitors’ village

Exhibitors’ village

09:00 - 19:00

During the entire week of Overlord Historical Days, discover our exhibitors’ village at the foot of the museum.

You’re sure to find what you’re looking for among the twenty or so exhibitors on site from June 1 to 9: military surplus, books, vintage textiles, scale models and much more.

Bradley Reenactment Camp

Bradley Reenactment Camp

09:00 - 19:00

Our Bradley re-enactment camp will welcome nearly a hundred re-enactors.

There will be different groups:

One group of USAAF re-enactors will represent a complete field hospital! They’ll set up 21 tents, and have period vehicles, including ambulances, parked in the camp. To make the experience even more authentic, the re-enactors will have a “grave registration service” station. These members were responsible for recovering, identifying, transporting and preparing the burial of deceased U.S. and U.S.-allied servicemen.

What’s also interesting here is the important part played by the WASPs, with mention of the USAAF flight nurses.

One of the groups of re-enactors will represent the tankers, including some American light armored vehicles.

A group of British re-enactors with two British army tanks. A Sherman Firefly with an English 17-pounder gun and an Achilles tank based on a TDM10 destroyer tank with a 17-pounder gun. The only gun to rival the Panther 75 mm.

These groups of re-enactors have a passion for the history of the Second World War that drives them to be thorough. They pay meticulous attention to historical detail. Costumes, artifacts and practices are of the highest quality, and as close as possible to historical veracity.

By scrupulously respecting historical accuracy, the camp offers visitors an entertaining, authentic and educational experience, enhancing their understanding of history.

 

OVERLORD HISTORICAL DAYS – 2024 EDITION

OVERLORD HISTORICAL DAYS – 2024 EDITION

09:00 - 19:00

Overlord Museum – Omaha Beach is proud to present its Overlord Historical Days, scheduled from June 1 to 9, 2024, around the museum. This week of events and tributes aims to celebrate with dignity the operation that changed the course of history 80 years ago, the Allied Landing in Normandy.

The event will feature a wide range of activities, including:
– concerts by the D-Day Ladies and Mam’zelle Bee and the Boyz
– a Lindy-Hop dance class
– a re-enactment camp
– a village of exhibitors
– a screening of the film Little Black Devils, From Juno to Putot
– the visit of 60 American veterans with the Best Defence Foundation
– a static display of 350 vehicles from the MVCG association
– demonstrations of period vehicles in dynamic evolution

Dynamic demonstration of vehicles

Dynamic demonstration of vehicles

11:00 - 15:00

A life-size display of vehicles that took part in the Battle of Normandy.

The public will have the opportunity to see 25 tanks and tracked vehicles, including the Tiger II, Panther and other Panzers, coming straight from the Musée des Blindés de Saumur. As well as vehicles from Lys tout terrain, the Black Bul association and the HVCA association.

The ground is sure to rumble!

Time : 11 am and 3 pm

 

FREEDOM CONCERT

FREEDOM CONCERT

19:30 - 21:30

Dive into the atmosphere of liberation with the DDay Ladies and their captivating tribute to the Andrews sisters!

Join us for an evening of glamour and swing!

Introduction to Lindy-Hop

Introduction to Lindy-Hop

16:00 - 18:00

Caen’s Rock n’ Go Swing association will teach you the steps of Lindy-Hop for free. This American dance promises to get you swinging!

Single Screening at the Museum of “Little Black Devils : From Juno to Putot”

Single Screening at the Museum of “Little Black Devils : From Juno to Putot”

19:00 - 20:30

Single screening at Overlord Museum on June 5, 2024 at 7pm – in the presence of the film crew

Film duration: 1h30

Language: French version with English subtitles

Fee: 5 euros

 

After almost three years’ work, and with the help of nearly 200 volunteers, the Maple Leaf Association is proud to present Little Black Devils – From Juno To Putot: the story of the Royal Winnipeg Rifle (one of the battalions of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division) in the early days of Operation Overlord.

Based on the exceptional work of Frederick Jeanne and his book Hold the Oak Line, this film retraces the decisive role played by Canadians in the Battle of Normandy. Through a number of first-hand accounts and witnesses, discover these extraordinary human epics, true links between History and present and future generations. From the English coast to the ordeal of the Juno Beach landing; from the liberation of the village of Creully to the terrible clashes at Putot-en-Bessin with SS-Panzergrenadier-Division 12 « Hitlerjugend », follow these little black devils as they enter the global conflict.

All too often forgotten and given far too little media coverage, this film is designed to highlight the Anglo-Canadian troops who fought hard, died or were wounded, physically or morally, during these confrontations for the liberation of Europe.

« Against any other unit in the world except the Canadians, we would have driven the invasion back into the sea! »

Generalfieldmarschall Erwin Rommel

Veterans’ Day

Veterans’ Day

10:00 - 18:30

For the third year running, Overlord Museum, in association with the Best Defence Foundation, welcomes 60 American veterans. This year’s event is of particular significance, as it is dedicated to the theme of transmission and heritage. Throughout the day, the veterans will be accompanied by children from a local school.

At 10 a.m., the veterans will arrive at the Museum and be welcomed by the children.

At around 3.30pm, in association with the MVCG, the veterans and children will parade in vintage vehicles to Omaha Beach.

There may be an opportunity for the public to meet the veterans.

Mam’zelle Bee and the Boyz concert

Mam’zelle Bee and the Boyz concert

19:30 - 21:30

Pin-up look from the ’40s to the ’50s, in a pencil skirt and scarlet lipstick, Mamz’elle Bee plays groove, frenetic swing or languorous swing, covering the great jazz standards, from Cole Porter to Gershwing, from Peggy Lee to the Andrews Sisters, including the most beautiful songs from Hollywood’s golden age.
Mamz’elle Bee will take you on a journey through post-war America.

Liberty Convoy

Liberty Convoy

09:00 - 10:00

MVCG France is organizing a commemorative day with static displays in front of the Overlord Museum from 9am to 10am, and the departure of the Freedom Convoy at 10am.

The route will stretch from Colleville-sur-mer to Isigny-sur-mer, with a stopover in Grandcamp-Maisy.

This convoy will be one of the longest and most important on the Normandy coast!