A trip to Europe to learn about History

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Sights from our introductory tour of London.

The Churchill War Rooms and Museum. These are the underground bunkers where Winston Churchill ran the British government during the bombing of London in World War II

The Imperial War Museum

Bletchley Park. This was the ULTRA-secret site where the British worked to break the Nazi code.

Royal Air Force Museum

Portsmouth, England coastline. Time for some photos of our whole group!

Portsmouth D-Day Museum

After our visit to the Portsmouth D-Day Museum, we boarded the ferry to Caen. This 6-hour ferry took the same path that the American, British and Canadian troops did on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day)

Sword Beach Memorial. Sword Beach was one of the British landing beaches on D-Day

German 155mm artillery abandoned in Lounges-su-Mer

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach.

Saint-Mere-Eglise. Overnight on June 5, 1944 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne landed behind German lines in the town of Saint-Mere-Eglise. One of the paratroopers got stuck on the steeple of the church, and hung there, pretending to be dead, for more than 4 hours.

Utah Beach Museum. Omaha and Utah beaches were the landing zones for the American troops on D-Day.

In 2019 a group from CLHS traveled to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. While we were there, our tour company arranged for us to be part of the official ceremonies on June 6, and then on June 7 we traveled to the Museum at Utah Beach were we had the opportunity to talk with some of the D-Day vets who had been either paratroopers, or had been part of the storming of the beaches. Another activity we were able to be part of was leaving a message of remembrance on a lock that would be part of a permanent memorial at the Utah Beach Museum. The 6 people pictured were on that trip in 2019 and again on this trip.

Point du Hoc. The cliffs of Point du Hoc are 100 ft sheer cliffs, that the Army Rangers scaled to take out the German artillery located there.

Sights from our introductory tour of Paris

Les Invalides. Les Invalides was a military hospital instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is now a military Museum, and houses the tomb of Napoleon himself.

View of Paris from top of the Montparnasse tower

Palace of Versailles