D-Day museum at Arromanches…

I simply could not visit Normandy without seeing some of the history of D-Day invasion…consequently I dragged Mel around 3 such museums in two days! Very interesting and of course very sad…

Remains of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches...
Remains of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches… © Michael Evans Photographer

I shot the above sunset image with Mel’s Canon 1100D, which is a nice portable little camera. However as Mel shoots JPEG files I did struggle with bringing up the sky, as there simply was not enough tonal range by comparison to if I had shot this in the RAW file format. In consequence, I can definitely see some posterisation and banding in the top right, however I can live with this for the web…

D-Day museum at Arromanches
The D-Day museum at Arromanches, taken with Mel’s Canon 1100D. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Inside the museum the next morning… Interesting to see the real ‘Rupert’ dummy dropped by the Allies to confuse the defenders next to the model made for the 1962 movie ‘The Longest Day’…

Rupert dummy dropped by the Allies on June 5th 1944
The ‘real’ Rupert… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
The 'Rupert' dummy from the 1962 movie 'The Longest Day'
The film version of ‘Rupert’ presented to the museum by the movie studio… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
SAS beret
SAS beret… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Approximately 6km from Arromanches lies the old German naval battery at Longues-Sur-Mer, situated between the Omaha and Gold landing beaches. The last of these formidable 152mm guns were captured by the 231st infantry brigade on 6th June 1944, the other 3 having been disabled by naval gunfire throughout the day.

Casemate at Longues-Sur-Mer
Casemate at Longues-Sur-Mer; note the combat damage is still visible… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Casemate at Longues-Sur-Mer
Still pointing menacingly towards the invasion beaches… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

After visiting Longues-Sur-Mer we headed onto Omaha beach, where we stopped at the Musee Memorial D’Omaha Beach.

Sherman Tank at the Musee Memorial D'Omaha Beach
Another Sherman at the Musee Memorial D’Omaha Beach © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
German MG42 machine gun
The business end of an MG42… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Wallet and photographs from a German soldier based in Normandy, June 1944
Wallet from one of the German soldiers…another sad reminder of this tumultuous period © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

The actual memorial on Omaha beach was commissioned in 2004 by the French government and is entitled ‘Les Braves’

'Les Braves' monument on Omaha beach by sculptor Anilore Banon
‘Les Braves’ monument on Omaha beach by sculptor Anilore Banon © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
'Les Braves' monument on Omaha beach by sculptor Anilore Banon
Another view of the sculpture.. © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

As we wandered onto Omaha beach, a very sudden sea fog hauntingly materialised over the beach… Mel is generally reluctant to pose for me however I could not resist capturing her with this eerie fog swirling around us…

Fog on Omaha beach, Normandy
Omaha beach fog… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Fog on Omaha beach, Normandy
The ‘Les Braves’ monument shrouded in sea fog… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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