Remembering D-Day, 75 years later

D-DAY  –  JUNE 6, 1944 : “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you… I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!” –Dwight D. Eisenhower


Such were the words of General Eisenhower as the troops headed off for the greatest amphibian landing ever. FUSAC remembers their sacrifice today on the 75th anniversary.

Thank you veterans.

Once all the hullabaloo of the 75th anniversary dies down and the dignitaries leave visit the D-Day beaches with a base in Bayeux. It’s a sort of pilgrimage and a moving experience even if you don’t have a direct connection to the event. It is one of those places you have to visit at least once in your life. This place and this event changed the world. The Hotel Le Bayeux is a very comfortable place to stay and can help you organize transportation to the beaches, cemeteries and surrounding towns. Be sure to ask them for a special FUSAC rate. The medieval city of Bayeux is also the home of the very special Bayeux Tapestry.

Commemorative Camembert

For an off the beaten track site to include in your visit to the D-Day beaches stop at the Maisy Battery. Discovered and revealed by Brit Gary Sterne who owns the property, Maisy is a story hidden from the usual recounts of D-Day history. Here you can visit and underground hospital and the battery that wreaked so much havoc on D-Day on both Utah and Omaha Beaches. Gary wrote a two volume book about this site that he has researched extensively since 2004. He can also, if you book in advance, give you a personal tour of the site. Learn more.


For further reading about D-Day we highly recommend the book The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson which came out in 2013. A very readable account of D-Day by a historian including vast details and overviews.

Chroniques du Débarquement et de la Libération par Emmanuel Thiébot (Editions Larousse) qui est l’historien au Mémorial de Caen et spécialiste de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Son livre de 350 photos, 30 fac-similiés, des textes clairs et passionnants est une référence absolue pour comprendre et revivre cette période. De cet épisode majeur de l’histoire nous sont parvenus des témoignages bouleversants qui racontent l’atrocité des combats, mais aussi des lettre émouvantes qui disent l’espoir d’un monde nouveau.


Omaha de Norman Ginzberg (editions Héloise d’Ormesson) est un roman; un récit poignant des quelques jours où se scella l’issue des combats, Omaha nous livre sans concession ni manichéisme tous les visages de la guerre, chaque camp ayant sont lot de pleutres et de héros, de monstres et de braves. L’histoire et celle de Walton et Karl Zimmermann qui sont deux frères que tout oppose. Walton, a quitté Chicago, les terrains de base-ball et sa fiancé pour répondre à l’ appel de l’Oncle Sam et débarque sous le feu nourri des Allemands le 6 juin 1944. Karl, enrôlé dans les Jeunesses hitlériennes dès 1938, s’apprête à affronter les troupes alliées à la tête d’un colonne de Panzer SS.  L’auteur Norman Ginzberg est le fils d’un soldat américain qui a débarqué le Jour J à Omaha Beach. Longtemps journaliste, il dirige aujourd’hui une société de conseil en communication basée à Toulouse.  Son premier roman, Arizona Tom a paru aux Editions Héloïse d’Ormesson en 2013.

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One Response to "Remembering D-Day, 75 years later"

  1. Shari Leslie Segall dit :

    Beautiful piece! Thank you, FUSAC. And thank you, veterans! (BTway, in the American cemetery, all the tombstones face the same way for a reason: they all face across the Atlantic, back to their loved ones who lost them.)

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