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DDAY 80: gatherings of Second World War vehicles

As part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day. The Normandy Victory Museum is offering a series of events on the theme of vehicles used in the Second World War. This selection is part of our global programme, which will run from 1 to 12 June 2024 on the museum site, 5 minutes from Carentan and 20 minutes from Utah Beach.

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UNIVEM US military vehicles
Colonne Notek au NVM
CLMVA 95th trip harley
Chevrolet gathering

Horse-drawn convoy and exhibition of German carriages

The HVCA association (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande) will be based at the Normandy Victory Museum and you will have the opportunity to visit their camp.

On Sunday, around ten carriages (artillery trains, rolling kitchens, blacksmith carriages, sanitary carriages, etc.) will be on display to the public in a dynamic exhibition organised with the help of the Normandy Cobs Association.

The HVCA association was set up in 2015 by a group of enthusiasts, some of whom were interested in military artefacts and others in horses, with the aim of reviving an aspect that is little known to the general public: the importance of the horse, which equipped 70% of the German army.

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+ Access conditions

  • Location: outside the museum
  • Conditions: free and open to all

+ When?

  • Saturday 1 June – all day (exhibition/camp)
  • Sunday 2 June – all day (exhibition/camp)
  • Sunday 2 June, during the day: horse-drawn carriage demonstrations.

A convoy of around sixty US military vehicles passes through on its way.

The UNIVEM association (Union Nationale des collectionneurs de Véhicules Militaires) will be stopping off for a few hours at the Normandy Victory Museum, where you can admire around sixty American military vehicles presented by their enthusiastic owners.

The aim of the UNIVEM association is to preserve the historical heritage of military vehicles from recent conflicts, particularly those of the Second World War. The group owns nearly forty of the rarest American carriers, tractors and tanks. There are also dozens of members’ vehicles. UNIVEM Paris Île-de-France, a veritable living museum, works to maintain the memory of a mechanical and historical past that deserves to be preserved.

UNIVEM US military vehicles

+ Access conditions

  • Location: outside the museum
  • Conditions: free and open to all

+ When?

  • Monday 3 June between 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Departure and return, followed by an exhibition of German military vehicles from the Notek Column

We welcomed them to the museum two years ago, and many people came to admire these sometimes rare military vehicles. They will be back again with a dozen or more vehicles for the departure and return of their convoy. On the return journey, they will park for a few more hours at the museum to give visitors a closer look at these superb military or civilian vehicles, perfectly maintained by their owners. At this stage, we do not know the details of the vehicles that will be present.

What is the Notek column? This is a gathering of enthusiasts of German military vehicles who meet regularly to tour the roads of Normandy around 6 June to showcase these machines to the public: motorbikes, sidecars, kubelwagens, schwimmwagens, tripelwagens and many others.

Colonne Notek au NVM

+ Access conditions

  • Location: outside the museum
  • Conditions: free and open to all

+ When?

  • Tuesday 4 June from 9am to 10.30am approx. : departure
  • Tuesday 4 June around 5pm: return
  • After the return journey, the vehicles will be on display until the museum closes.

Trip Harley 80th Liberator’s Run War Horse

Motorbike enthusiasts, Harley Davidson fans, history buffs! They’ll all be looking forward to the start of the Trip Harley 80th Liberator’s Run War Horse, which will bring together between 150 and 200 vintage motorbikes in the museum car park. The riders will be making their engines roar and their ears tingle as they set off at around 9am, returning for lunch in the museum restaurant. There will be plenty of time for visitors to admire the machines.

Every 5 years, the Harley Davidsons of the Libertor’s War Horse Run meet up in Normandy for a historic circuit covering around 100 kilometres on the historic roads of the Second World War. In 2024, the convoy will set off from the Normandy Victory Museum to reach Sainte-Mère-Eglise at the end of the day.

CLMVA 95th trip harley

+ Access conditions

  • Location: outside the museum
  • Conditions: free and open to all

+ When?

  • Tuesday 4 June at 9am: departure of the convoy
  • Tuesday 4 June between 12 noon and 3pm, return of the convoy and exhibition of motorbikes

Gathering of vintage Chevrolet trucks

Around twenty Chevrolet vehicles will be on display to the public in the museum car park before setting off for a drive to Utah Beach.

The organisers are aiming to bring together as many and as wide a variety of Chevrolets as possible. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the convoy should include several G7113 tractors with original trailers, at least two bomb carriers, a K43 telephone maintenance truck, a Fire truck, a G7117, a 7107 and many others.

Chevrolet gathering

+ Access conditions

  • Location: outside the museum
  • Conditions: free and open to all

+ When?

  • Wednesday 5 June from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

To make sure you don’t miss any of these events, take advantage of the DDAY 80 ticket, valid for twelve days.

The DDAY 80 ticket is a skip-the-line ticket valid from June 1 to June 12, 2024. Between these two dates, you can enter and leave the museum as many times as you like!

Of course, you can always buy our traditional one-day ticket.