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Remembering D-Day: A Transatlantic Voyage on Queen Mary 2

Commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on this insightful learning adventure that leads you to the beaches of Normandy and through the history of WWII with a military expert.
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Program No. 23442RJ
14 days
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On June 6, 1944, the Allied Forces launched the largest seaborne invasion in history — now known as D-Day. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of this turning point of World War II on a voyage on board Queen Mary 2 and join military expert Lt. Col. Andrew Duff for an in-depth look into the strategies, events and people that shaped this event. Spend four nights in Caen, France, to trace the events of the battle as you explore the beaches of Normandy, Pegasus Bridge, and the cemeteries that memorialize the fallen.
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Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join military history expert Lt. Col. Andrew Duff as he shares his insight on the military tactics and strategy of D-Day and Operation Overlord.
  • Walk the beaches of Normandy — Juno, Sword, Utah, Omaha and Gold — and explore other notable sites including Pegasus Bridge and Pointe du Hoc.
  • Pay homage to the fallen at the Bayeux, Ranville and La Cambe cemeteries, and important sites like the Merville and Hilltop batteries.
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Andrew Duff
Lt. Col. Andrew Duff attended prestigious Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Anglian Regiment where he commanded operational tours in Cyprus, N. Ireland and Belize. He has military operations, intelligence, security, exercise planning, training major, training officer and head officer of Arctic warfare training under his belt. With his love of military history and his experience, Lt. Col. Duff makes a battlefield come alive as he exposes the story of war from all angles.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Everything We Have: D-Day 6.6.’44
by Gordon H Mueller
Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War
by Ray Lambert & Jim DeFelice
Normandiefront: D-Day to Saint-Lo Through German Eyes
by Vince Milano & Bruce Conner
Omaha Beach: D-Day, June 6, 1944
by Joseph Balkoski
Bletchley Park and D-Day: The Untold Story of How the Battle for Normandy Was Won
by David Kenyon
From Beachhead to Brittany: The 29th Infantry Division at Brest, August-September 1944
by Joseph Balkoski
The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion
by John C McManus
Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
by Ben Macintyre
The D-Day Atlas: Anatomy of the Normandy Campaign
by Charles Messenger
D-Day Through German Eyes: The Hidden Story
by Holger Eckhertz
The Americans at Normandy: The Summer of 1944—The American War From the Normandy Beaches to Falaise
by John C McManus
D-Day Through French Eyes: Normandy 1944
by Mary Louise Roberts

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