Utah Beach is one of the landing beaches alongside Omaha Beach, Sword Beach, Juno Beach and Gold Beach. This beach was a place particularly marked by the Second World War, a war that particularly affected Europe but also Japan and the United States. Utah Beach was added to the initial landing plan at General Montgomery’s request. Utah Beach was chosen to facilitate the capture of the port of Cherbourg. Utah Beach was, along with Sainte-Mère-Eglise, one of the two air landing zones that were the first stages of the Liberation. Sainte-Mère-Eglise was a lock, an important crossroads to limit the supply of German troops and therefore, a major strategic objective for the success of the landing.
Why visit the Airborne Museum?
The Airborne Museum is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to American paratroopers of the Second World War. By visiting the Airborne Museum, you will learn more about the actions of American paratroopers during the Second World War. You will understand the stakes of the capture of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and you will relive the main elements of the soldiers’ parachuting, from the journey by plane to the battle of the hedges, including the landing on Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
The Airborne Museum will seduce you with its magnificent historical pieces. During the visit, you will find yourself next to a WACO glider and can even go inside to see soldiers a few moments before they take off. In the C-47 building, you will see a C-47 aircraft intended for American parachutists to drop on June 6, 1944. This aircraft also had other roles during the war, such as towing a glider or transporting wounded people.
Visit the Airborne Museum
You can take a guided tour of the Airborne Museum or take a self-guided tour according to your wishes. Guided tours are available in groups of about 20 people and by reservation only. The Airborne Museum is particularly well located between Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Mont Saint-Michel and other tourist destinations such as Barfleur or Cherbourg. Thus, from the Airborne Museum, you can continue to discover the historical sites of the 1939-1945 war or choose to learn more about the Middle Ages with the Bayeux tapestry, Antiquity with Vieux la Romaine…