Port en Bessin

Port en Bessin presentPort en Bessin was the actual linkup point between the American and British forces on June 7, 1944. The American 16th Infantry Regiment had landed on the Easy Red Sector on Omaha Beach and fought its way along the coastal towns to link up with the 47th Royal Marine Commandos, which had struggled its way from Gold Beach. 

The Royal Marines fought a difficult battle to take the town and its eastern and western fortifications. The Royal Marines finally took the town after fighting house-to-house and knocking out the harbour defenses, which included pillboxes and a flak boat of the German Navy. The 16th Infantry Regiment took the part of town called Huppain and liberated the area now known as the Omaha Beach Golf Club.


Port en Bessin
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The Longest day

Casino built for movieThe Longest Day is an American war film shot in 1962 about the landing in Normandy. A famous scene from the movie was taken here to respresent the harbour of Quistreham. On the edge of the harbour of Port-en-Bessin they built a building that represented the Casino with the heavy gun in the basement. The building was constructed in a way that it would collapse in three faces. The set of 12.000 English pounds was totally destroyed. Several shots were filmed from a helicopter, because of this the people of Port-en-Bessin had to stay indoors for various hours.