At times it seemed you could not walk or drive 100 meters without coming across a monumnet of some sort. In some stretches, walking was the only way you didn't miss any. They are well worth seeking out, because each can unlock stories not well known.
I realized that there was a larger group there, and went to explore.
I don't think many Americans understand just how large D-Day truly was, and how many nations took part. It wasn't just the Americans and British, Canadian and Free French. It was troops from Poland, Greece, and even Norway. The fight for the beaches took place not only on land, but at sea as well. The bombers may not have come, nor was there a major fleet action, but those at sea fought too and control of the sea area was not guaranteed.
The Germans sent in torpedo boats, their equivalent of PT boats, and they did much more damage than most know. One bit of that damage was the Norwegian destroyer Svenner. It was sunk by torpedo attack that day. The anchor was found and recovered in 2003.
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