VEHICLES IN NORMANDY MUSEUMS
The D-Day is a major turning point of WWII. Normandy was the scene of destructive and bruised clashes with the epilogue would seal the fate of WWII and found freedom in many countries. Commemorations are numerous and new museums are opening regularly, helping to make this region a place of memory highly visited.
Here are at least three WWII museums, exhibiting the classic off-road vehicles of that time :
I - The Normandy Tank Museum in Catz, near Carentan, created on the former A10 Airfield in Utah Beach area, opened on 1 June 2013, is probably the largest of its kind : more than 40 vehicles come from Patrick Nerrant collection, museum president with his sons. At times, demonstrations and tours in tanks are organized and also air developments on the A10 Airfield.
II - Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer. Michel Leloup collection has been built in 50 years when he bought and restored in the early 70s a German halftrack Sd 251 Kpz identical to the one he used as forestry equipment after the war. In 1987, he exhibited a part of his collection to the August 44 Museum in Falaise. Unfortunately, he will not see the large-scale project that will lead to the Overland Museum - Omaha Beach, opened in 2013 which includes 35 restored vehicles, tanks and guns of all belligerents, that is to say six armies in presence.
III - Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, created in 1981, belongs to the city of Bayeux. The current appearance dates from 2006 and it has many objects and vehicles like a GMC vehicles including a transmitter / receiver SRC 399, a M3 Halftrack, a Willys Jeep and a D7 Caterpillar bulldozer. Photos are prohibited inside the museum, only outdoor gears are presented here as well as the CAT D7 bulldozer.
The pictures of this chapter, royalty free, were taken by J M Maclou in Normandy on September 4, 2014.
I - Normandy Tank Museum
II - Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach
III - Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux
III - Tanks exhibited on road in Normandy
Crommwell Tank produced at 4016 units from 1943. 64 km/h, 600 hp, 28 t, QF 75 mm gun. It is exhibited near the Pegasus Bridge, Ranville, Sword Beach sector.
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