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"The Longest Day - Overlord Virtual Tour"

One of the greatest human endeavours, the Allied invasion brought liberation to Europe and changed history.

Yet this immensely complex battle might easily have been lost during that single, fateful morning.

These pages offer a snapshot of a single day and show only a fraction of what you see and discover on an actual tour. This is our ninth year running these combined air/land tours which bring the D Day sites in Normandy within less than two hours from London and remain in a class of their own. 

We collect you from your hotel and drive you to an airport on the edge of London, formerly a famous wartime R.A.F station, from where Spitfire and Hurricane fighters took off to defend Southern England against invasion. 

You’ll board a luxury private aircraft and fly to Normandy. Coffee and croissants are served while crossing the Channel. Soft drinks provided for younger fliers.

 Your guide describes the German defences and the Allied plan for assault by British, Canadian, American and a small Free French force.

 

General Eisenhower talking with members of the 101 Airborne Division on the evening of the 5th June 1944 shortly before they emplaned at RAF Welford in Oxfordshire.

Airborne legend maintains - supported by the memoirs of Captain Harry C Butcher USNR, Naval Aide to the Supreme Allied Commander - that the tall paratrooper offered Ike a job after the war as a cowhand on his family's ranch in Texas!

Adding that at least there was enough to eat in the work - a hint for the General about their rations?

Once committed, the invasion on its way, General Eisenhower forfeited all control over his airborne and seaborne assault forces... and could only wait for news. D Day relied entirely upon the training, discipline, brains and courage of thousands of individual young men.

Years later General Eisenhower recalled with affection how the paratroopers brushed aside his concerns. ' Quit worrying, General, we'll take care of this thing for you.'

Emplaning

Field Marshal Rommel forecast that the Atlantic Wall must defeat the invasion on the beaches and warned that the first 24 hours might prove the longest day.