After the initial invasion, the British constructed a temporary harbor on the coast at the town of Arromanches, so forces could more easily and quickly offload cargo to support the invading armies. Today you can see its remains, prefabricated sections taken across the English Channel from Britain and assembled here.
While visiting Normandy, we discovered D-day is the latest in a string of bloody battles fought here throughout history, including Henry I of England's invasion of Normandy in 1106. A century earlier the Duke of Normandy set off from here to win the Battle of Hastings and become the King of England, and eventually become known as William the Conqueror.
My father-in-law was 19-years-old when he joined the battle in France. Do you have stories of relatives who fought in WWII? Please share them in the comments. Thank you.