78th anniversary of D-Day

Program from June 1 to 8, 2022 (updated June 03)

June 1 and 2
June 3
June 4
June 5
June 6
June 7 and 8

Briefing of the paratroopers of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team before their jump on The Azeville Battery

La Tripplewagen au Normandy Victory Museum
Wednesday, June 1 – At 10 a.m. in the Greenfield room
The RCPT paratroopers association invites you to attend the teams’ briefing before their jump, a few hours later above the Azeville battery. You will follow the instructions, advice and encouragement given to those who will take the road to Cherbourg after this briefing to board a C-47 and take the plunge into the sky of Azeville. A privileged and exceptional moment to follow in the Greenfield room.
Free event open to all within the limit of available places (in order of arrival)

Briefing of the paratroopers of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team before their jump on Graignes

La Tripplewagen au Normandy Victory Museum
Thursday June 2 – At 3 p.m. in the Greenfield room
We welcome again the association of paratroopers RCPT for their public briefing before their jump, a few hours later above Graignes.
Free event open to all within the limit of available places (in order of arrival)

Bivouac of the international association “2nd Armored in Europe”

2nd armored in Europe au Normandy Victory Museum
Thursday June 2 – From 6 p.m. – Outside the museum
Back in Normandy for the first time since the 75th anniversary, the association, which has around a hundred re-enactors, will take part in the celebration of the museum’s 5th anniversary, after having inaugurated in Carentan a stele in memory of the 2nd American Armored Division, unit represented by the association.
Free event open to all

Exceptional exhibition! The Trippelwagen, the first amphibious car in history (visible in the museum from May to September 22)

La Tripplewagen au Normandy Victory Museum
From June 2 to 6 – Several events related to this exhibition
In partnership with the Musée de la Chartreuse (Molsheim, Alsace) and the Musée des Blindés de Saumur (Maine-et-Loire), we are pleased this year to host an exceptional temporary exhibition on the Trippelwagen, a German amphibious vehicle, produced in the Bugatti factory in Molsheim in Alsace from 1940 to 1944, under German annexation. The Molsheim museum provides the panels, documents, photo and video archives, while the Armored museum makes available one of the extremely rare cars still in existence, the last in France, the SG6-41 model. Presence of the curator of the Molsheim museum, Grégory Oswald
One-off events to consult in the program below
Friday, June 3

Briefing of the paratroopers of the Round Canopy Parachuting Team before their jump over Carentan

The Nashorn, German tank
Friday, June 3 – At 9 a.m. in the Greenfield room
We welcome again the association of paratroopers RCPT. Come and attend this public briefing during which the team prepares before boarding a C-47 in Cherbourg for its parachute drop above Carentan.
Free event open to all within the limit of available places (in order of arrival)

Bivouac of the international association “2nd Armored in Europe”

2nd armored in Europe au Normandy Victory Museum
Friday, June 3 – Between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. – Outside the museum
The “2nd Armored in Europe” remains this morning in bivouac outside the museum in order to exchange with the visitors and present the uniforms, the material, the vehicles and more generally the history of this key American unit of the battle of Normandy and in particular the episode “battle of the hedgerows” during the month of June 1944 and Operation Cobra.
Free event open to all

Demonstration of the Enigma coding machine, by Edmond Kern

2nd armored in Europe au Normandy Victory Museum
Friday, June 3 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
Edmond Kern, the Enigma machine specialist, introduces you to this famous German coding machine, of which he knows all the secrets. In particular, he will have you code and then decode your first name, on one of the few machines still functional in the world and presented at the museum.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

Book Signing – Yves Corver for “D-DAY, a black day”

2nd armored in Europe au Normandy Victory Museum
Friday, June 3 – Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – In the museum hall
“In his superbly documented book, through the eyes of Corporal F. Bellegarde, a fictional nineteen-year-old character, Y. Corver combines fiction with facts with ease and sensitivity, reintroducing the human in its complexity and its contradictions. The story, based on real military facts, makes palpable little-known elements of the daily life of the 320th VLA during the liberation of Normandy. »
Alice Mills, retired lecturer from the University of Caen.
Free

Andrew Biggio, author of the book “The Rifle” will be present with 4 veterans including one of them John Althuizen, will be awarded the prestigious Purple Heart

4 ww2 veterans at Normandy Victory Museum
Friday, June 3 – Around 4 p.m. – Greenfield Room
He had come to sign his book a few months ago at the museum. After a warm welcome from visitors, the author, Andrew Biggio returns accompanied by four veterans:

  • Bob Weber from 10th Armored Division
  • Marvin Gilmore from 458 AAA Battalion
  • Robert Heurgue from 82nd Airborne
  • John Althuizen from 7th Armored

Purple Heart ceremony for John Althuizen by the US Army.

Free – Within the limit of available places

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PREVIEW of Florent Plana’s documentary film “They Won’t Die Twice” – Session 1/3

Avant première du film Bedford boys
Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. – Salle Greenfield
It was in July 2020 that Florent Plana shot the first scenes of his film, a little over 76 years later, at the very place where American soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach. The director then compared these reconstitution scenes with interviews of veterans carried out during various trips to the United States.
The result gives us a moving film that tells the story of 34 boys from the small town of Bedford, Virginia, who landed in Normandy and of whom only 15 will return to the country. They were the “Bedford Boys”. (Read our article about the film)
This first screening is free and without reservation, subject to availability. (The other sessions on June 5 and 6 are by reservation)

The “Dîner de la Libération” with musical entertainment

Repas libération à l'a10 canteen - DDAY 78
Friday June 3 at 8 p.m. – Restaurant A10 Canteen
Meal animated by singer Charly M. who makes you sing and dance to great 1940s standards. 1940s dress code imperative.

Menu

  • Soupe à l’oignon (Onions soup)
  • Noix de joue de porc confite, topinambours et pommes de terre (Candied pork cheek, Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes)
  • Riz au lait (milk rice)
  • 1/4 de cider or de vin or soft.
Price: €25 – Reservation required at A10 Canteen: 02 33 54 51 83
Saturday June 4
Saturday June 4 – Exceptional opening hours: museum closes at 9 p.m. (Last entry at 8 p.m.)

Military Hospital Dynamic Exhibit – Operations Demonstrations

Démonstration hôpital militaire
Saturday June 4 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
Already present in 2021, this group of enthusiasts has reconstructed an almost complete American field hospital, with exclusively original equipment. Several times a day: realistic demonstrations of surgical operations, as they were performed on the wounded on the battlefield.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

Enigma conference by E. Kern and presentation of the restart project.

ESIX Cherbourg and enigma students
Saturday 4 June – At 10.30 a.m. – Salle Greenfield

Presentation of the restoration project of an Enigma machine, by engineering students from ESIX Cherbourg

As an introduction to the conference “The Enigma myth”, we are pleased to welcome the 5 students in charge of restarting the Enigma machine from our collections, as part of their study project. Working since last fall on 3D modeling, the reproduction of missing or defective parts and their assembly, they will present the stages of this titanic work which made them plunge into the history of the Second World War.

ESIX Cherbourg and enigma students
Saturday, June 4 – Next – Greenfield Hall

Conference “The Enigma Myth” by Edmond Kern

On the sidelines of his demonstrations inside the museum, Edmond Kern offers us a conference in which he goes into detail on the history of the famous Enigma coding machine, deemed indecipherable by the Germans. However, as early as 1940, Allied intelligence deciphered messages…

Free if presentation of a museum entry ticket purchased in 2022 or €5/Pers. (presentation and conference)

Reservation is required

Demonstration of the ENIGMA coding machine, by Edmond Kern

Collections du musée, la machine Enigma
Saturday June 4 – Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
Edmond Kern will be in the museum to introduce you to this famous German coding machine, of which he knows all the secrets. In particular, he will have you code and then decode your first name, on one of the few machines still functional in the world and presented at the museum.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

Demonstration of folding the canvases of RCPT paratroopers before their jump on La Fière (Ste-Mère-Eglise)

DDAY 78 Normandy Victory Museum Carentan
Saturday, June 4 – Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – In the Greenfield room
The members of the RCPT fold their parachutes before their last jump which will take place the next day at La Fière, and invite you to attend. A privileged moment to exchange with enthusiasts who exercise their duty of memory in the most beautiful way.
Free – Open to all within the limit of available places (in order of arrival)

Guided tours of the temporary exhibition “Trippelwagen”, by Grégory Oswald, curator of the Museum of Molsheim (Alsace)

La Tripplewagen au Normandy Victory Museum
Saturday June 4 – At 2.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. – Inside the museum
Grégory Oswald will share with you all the secrets of the mythical amphibious car, especially during its production in the Bugatti factory in Molsheim from 1940 to 1944, all in front of the last example kept in France, the SG6-41 in the Musée des Blindés de Saumur.
Included in the museum entrance ticket – 25 people maximum per group (In order of arrival)

They will pass by the museum… Saturday, June 4 around 3 p.m.

Carentan Liberty March

Passage of the “Voie de la Liberté” hike – 250 bikes

The association “Voie de la Liberté” honors us with a stop at the museum, on their journey of about 140km. The 250 cyclists of the hike are members of the association with about fifty American soldiers who reinforce the workforce for the occasion!

Passage of a convoy of 150 Harley motorcycles

A convoy of around 150 Harley Davidson motorcycles from the “Rennes-Bretagnes Chapter” will also be passing through.

Passage of the Carentan Liberty March

A march in period clothes with civilians and soldiers has become a must in the region. (200 walkers in 2018)

Free events – Outside the museum

Parade and exhibition of the “Column Notek”

Colonne Notek au NVM
Saturday June 4 – From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Outside the museum
The Colonne Notek association brings together dozens of collectors of German vehicles, most of which are very rare. Every year on June 6, they crisscross Normandy in the footsteps of the 1944 battles, and stop at the Normandy Victory Museum to share their passion with our visitors.
Free event – Open to all

1940s concert with the group Madeeson

Groupe Madeeson
Saturday June 4 – From 7 p.m. – A10 Canteen restaurant terrace
The group Madeeson and its charismatic singer will perform as a duo to cover the great French and Anglo-Saxon titles of the 1940s. A wind of freedom will blow around the Normandy Victory Museum and the A10 Canteen, to celebrate this 78th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Free event open to all. (The A10 Canteen is located within the museum grounds)
Reminder: the museum closes exceptionally at 9 p.m. (ticket office closes at 8 p.m.)
Sunday June 5
Sunday June 5 – Exceptional opening hours: museum closes at 9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)

Military Hospital Dynamic Exhibit – Operations Demonstrations

Démonstration hôpital militaire
Sunday June 5 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
The enthusiasts who installed the reconstruction of a field hospital in the museum are there again this Sunday for demonstrations of care and operations on the battlefield.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

The journalist, Fréderic Patard, dedicates several of his books

Dedication of the book on Ernie Pyle by Frédéric Patard
Sunday, June 5 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – In the museum hall
Ernie Pyle, summer 1944

Collection and translation of 70 articles published in the American press by Ernie Pyle (Pulitzer Prize), a war correspondent then very popular in the United States.

Special Edition – Channel Press

You will be able to buy and have signed several special editions published by F. Patard in recent years.

Free

Trippelwagen: Hanns Trippel’s amphibious vehicles in the Bugatti factory, 1940 to 1944

Tripplewagen et Bugatti
Sunday June 5 – At 11:00 a.m. – Salle Greenfield

Conference by Grégory Oswald, curator of the Molsheim museum (Alsace)

On the sidelines of the temporary exhibition that we host from May to September, the curator of the Molsheim museum (Alsace) is pleased to present his conference on the legendary amphibious car, produced in Molsheim during the war, in the Bugatti factory. made available to Hanns Trippel by the German occupier.

Free on presentation of an entry ticket to the museum purchased in 2022 or €5/Pers (see terms)

Reservation is required

Demonstration of the ENIGMA coding machine, by Edmond Kern

Collections du musée, la machine Enigma
Sunday June 5 – Between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
Edmond Kern, makes you discover the famous German coding machine “Enigma”, of which he knows all the secrets. He will have you code and then decode your first name, on one of the few machines still functional in the world and presented at the museum.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

PREVIEW of Florent Plana’s documentary film, “They Won’t Die Twice” – Session 2/3

Avant première du film Bedford boys
Sunday June 5 at 2:30 p.m. – Salle Greenfield
It was in July 2020 that Florent Plana shot the first scenes of his film, a little over 76 years later, at the very place where American soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach. The director then compared these reconstitution scenes with interviews of veterans carried out during various trips to the United States.
The result gives us a moving film that tells the story of 34 boys from the small town of Bedford, Virginia, who landed in Normandy and of whom only 15 will return to the country. They were the “Bedford Boys”. (Read our article about the film)
Free on presentation of an entry ticket to the museum purchased in 2022 or €5/Pers (see terms)

Reservation is required

Guided tours of the temporary exhibition “Trippelwagen”, by Grégory Oswald, curator of the Museum of Molsheim (Alsace)

La Tripplewagen au Normandy Victory Museum
Sunday 5 June – At 4.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. – Inside the museum
Grégory Oswald will share with you all the secrets of the mythical amphibious car, especially during its production in the Bugatti factory in Molsheim from 1940 to 1944, all in front of the last example kept in France, the SG6-41 in the Musée des Blindés de Saumur.
Included in the museum entrance ticket – 25 people maximum per group (In order of arrival)

50s concert with the group Madeeson

Groupe Madeeson
Sunday June 5 – From 3.30 p.m. – A10 Canteen restaurant terrace
The Madeeson duo returns this Sunday afternoon, this time for a Liberty 50s atmosphere.
Free event open to all. (The A10 Canteen is located within the museum grounds)
Reminder: the museum closes exceptionally at 9 p.m. (ticket office closes at 8 p.m.)
Monday, June 6

Military Hospital Dynamic Exhibit – Operations Demonstrations

Démonstration hôpital militaire
Monday, June 6 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
The enthusiasts who installed the reconstruction of a field hospital in the museum are there again this Sunday for demonstrations of care and operations on the battlefield.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

Demonstration of the ENIGMA coding machine, by Edmond Kern

Collections du musée, la machine Enigma
Monday, June 6 – Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – Inside the museum
Edmond Kern, makes you discover the famous German coding machine “Enigma”, of which he knows all the secrets. He will have you code and then decode your first name, on one of the few machines still functional in the world and presented at the museum.
Included in the museum entrance ticket

PREVIEW of Florent Plana’s documentary film, “They Won’t Die Twice” – Session 3/3

Avant première du film Bedford boys
Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. – Greenfield Room
It was in July 2020 that Florent Plana shot the first scenes of his film, a little over 76 years later, at the very place where American soldiers landed on June 6, 1944, on Omaha Beach. The director then compared these reconstitution scenes with interviews of veterans carried out during various trips to the United States.
The result gives us a moving film that tells the story of 34 boys from the small town of Bedford, Virginia, who landed in Normandy and of whom only 15 will return to the country. They were the “Bedford Boys”. (Read our article about the film)
Free on presentation of an entry ticket to the museum purchased in 2022 or €5/Pers (see terms)

Reservation is required

Musical entertainment from the 40s and 50s

Musical entertainment from the 40s and 50s
Monday June 6 – From 5 p.m. – Terrace of the A10 Canteen restaurant
At the end of this weekend of commemorations and festivities, the A10 Canteen restaurant invites you to come and dance in a liberation / post-war atmosphere.
Free event open to all. (The A10 Canteen is located within the museum grounds)

From June 1 to 6, the A10 Canteen restaurant offers 2 dining options

D-Day menu in the restaurant

Starter buffet

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  • Braised ham with pepper sauce; fries or
  • Supreme of chicken with Camembert sauce; fries or
  • Entrecôte with Béarnaise sauce; fries (+ 3€) or
  • Pizza of Paris

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Floating island or fruit salad or dame blanche cup or cottage cheese with red fruit coulis

Starter + main course or main course + dessert: €15 for lunch – €19 for dinner
Starter + Main Course + Dessert: €18 lunch – €22 dinner
Reservations highly recommended for the indoor meal!
Call 02 33 54 51 83 (A10 Canteen)

Outdoor rotisserie

On the terrace, the A10 Canteen team will also offer a rotisserie formula with sausage sandwiches, grilled meats, fries and drinks.
June 7 and 8

Presentation of parachute equipment and semi-nocturnal demonstration

ETO Group
Tuesday, June 7 – At 6 p.m. – Outside the museum
The ETO Group association, specialized in the reconstruction of the 101st Airborne, will set up on our outdoor site and will introduce visitors to the specificities of the airborne troops of D-Day, in particular through demonstrations: folding of parachute fabric, setting in place of beaconing, shooting simulation, etc. In the evening, they will take advantage of nightfall for a semi-nocturnal marking demonstration.
Free event open to all

Tribute to Marthe His and the paratroopers of Graignes

Deep Respect Pipes and Drums
Wednesday June 8 – At 3 p.m. – Outdoors or in the Greenfield room depending on the weather
A tribute will be paid to Marthe His and the paratroopers of Graignes with the bagpipe group Deep Respect Pipes and Drums
Free event open to all

They will be present

Hummer humvee
From June 2 to 6

Forty’s Group Reenactment Camp

The association sets up camp outside the museum and presents the uniforms and equipment that were used by the 2nd Armored Division.

Thanks to the group who also participates in the logistics of the DDAY78 event

Stock americain
From May 28 to June 8

Sale of military surplus under marquee

Durant toute la période des festivités, notre partenaire Stock Américain vous proposera un large choix de surplus militaires sous chapiteau.

From June 4 to 6

Exhibition and sale of models

Normand Kits, specialist in militaria models, will present many models to you at different scales which will also be available for sale in one of the barracks near the museum.

Terms and practical information

Where is the Greenfield room?

The Greenfield room is accessible via the museum reception on your left.

How to take part in the inauguration: guided tours and cocktails?

Only people invited by card can participate in this event limited in number. You can contact us via the contact form if you think you should be on the guest list and haven’t received anything by April 30, 2022. (Back to event )

What does “Free with recent ticket or 5€” mean?
  • The event is free if you have your museum ticket purchased in 2022
  • If you wish to attend only the event without visiting the museum, the price is 5€
  • Attention even if you can attend for free, the reservation is obligatory.