Crammed onto the barges, the Canadian and British soldiers learn that D-Day will take place on 6 June on the Normandy beaches.

Their mission was to destroy the German coastal defences and then advance inland towards Carpiquet airport. They also had to link up with the troops landed in the British Gold and Sword sectors in order to create a strong bridgehead.

The Landing

On 6 June 1944, also known as D-Day, the Allied forces launched Operation Overlord, the code name for the Battle of Normandy.

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7,000 ships covered the English Channel between England and Normandy.
More than 150,000 soldiers landed by sea and sky.

No less than 14,000 Canadians landed in the Juno sector. They attacked the German defences – the Atlantic Wall – consisting of guns, mines, barbed wire and pillboxes.

Commanded by Major General R.F.L Keller, the troops had to establish a bridgehead over the five miles from Courseulles-sur-mer to Saint-Aubin-sur-mer.

The soldiers then proceeded to Carpiquet airport.
Juno was the smallest of the five sectors but the second deadliest. 340 Canadians died on D-Day.

The Juno Beach Centre

Discover the only Canadian museum on the D-Day landing beaches.

Films, interactive terminals, sound archives, temporary exhibition Great Women in War… the museum’s playful scenography and modernism make it a particularly suitable place to visit for families.

The museum grounds are one of the few places on the Normandy beaches to display so many remnants of the Atlantic Wall and military equipment: Allied cannons and German anti-tank guns, bunkers, tobruk, tetrahedrons, a German observation post…

What is special about the museum? The guides are Canadian!

Learn more about the site and the remains of the Canadian Juno Beach area

The tourist office offers you a complete map detailing the locations of the steles, remains of the Atlantic Wall:

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