To this day, the Normandy beaches between La Madeleine and Ouistreham still bear the code names given to them during the D-Day invasion of June 6th, 1944. It was here that the Allied Forces began their push to retake occupied France and liberate western Europe from Nazi control, in what has been called the greatest sea-to-land military invasion in world history. Visible shell holes from artillery fire and abandoned gun barracks remain a powerful testament to the days' tremendous ferocity and loss of life, and add an air of eerie somberness to a picturesque beach setting.
Want to make your visit significantly more memorable? Try this. Though an average depth of 20-40 meters, moderate currents and relatively low visibility can make diving the Normandy wrecks a challenge, visiting the collection of sunken vessels off the northern French coast is easily one of Europe's most unique and exciting WWII experiences. Due to the protected status of many of the sites, a special license is required alongside your SCUBA certification, so it's best to get yourself hooked up with experienced guides who know the waters. As always, we've selected several links to help you get your bearings straight. For seasoned divers, this is a unique and moving underwater adventure you won't want to miss.