Sword Beach

Sword beach assaulted by the british troops on D-Day

Being the eastern-most of the five beaches, the plan was not only to reinforce rapidly the British paratroopers on the other side of the Orne River, but also to make their way toward their main objective : Caen. 28.000 British soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division of General Rennie landed around Hermanville and Colleville (with 177 Kieffer’s Free French troops).

Unfortunately the Germans resisted too strongly and kept them from liberating the city on D-day. In the beach community of Ouistréham at the end of the Caen Canal, one can still discover the five-storey Grand Bunker observation post and the Casino that had been fortified (now rebuilt).