Carved in stone - A guide to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy
which the German Wehrmacht suffered a crushing defeat.
The Western Allies had won a decisive victory and reached the western
border of the Third Reich only a few weeks later.
The enduring gratitude of the French people to their Allied liberators is
impressively reflected in several hundred memorials and commemorative
plaques in Normandy.
In addition to all these memorials, Normandy offers military enthusiasts
and those interested in military history an enormous number of remnants
of fortifications, casemates, and bunkers not found elsewhere,
except perhaps on the battlefields of Verdun.
In 18 selected guided tours, this military history travel guide presents
dozens of museums, cemeteries, and bunkers as well as some 460 monuments,
memorials, and commemorative plaques and provides detailed
insights into the battle that raged in the first weeks of June 1944.
The author Alexander Braun, born in 1962, is a retired PR professional
who lives in Leinfelden-Echterdingen near Stuttgart/Germany.
Since his childhood, he has been very interested in the history of World
War II. His first visit to Orglandes, the German cemetery on the Cotentin
Peninsula in Normandy his grandfather is buried, has triggered his
interest in the Normandy landings and the two and a half months of
fighting that followed D-Day.
This travel guidebook is the result of more than five years of intensive
research and countless visits to Normandy.