D-Day operations at Sword beacH
From Ouistreham to Luc sur mer
Sword beach stretches 8 km from Ouistreham to Luc-sur-mer. It’s the most easterly landing point located at about 15 km from Caen.


This beach, like the other four, is divided into sectors. West to east: Oboe, Peter, Queen and Roger.
Due to the sandbars and coastal reefs, ahead of Lion-sur-mer and Luc-sur-mer, as well as the importance of the German defences at Ouistreham Riva-Bella, the attack finally took place on a fairly narrow front ahead of Hermanville at the so-called «Breach» in the Queen sector.The 3rd infantry division of the British troops landed on the beaches of Colleville Montgomery, Hermanville and Ouistreham 6th June 1944. Hermanville is released at 9:30.

In the park of the castle, a company claims "the first tea prepared on June 6 by a British unit on this side of the Channel".


This guided tour of Sword beach stretches from Ouistreham to Luc-sur-mer. Here is our provisional route:
  • Starting point Parking Place Albert Lemarignier 14150 Ouistreham

  • Ouistreham Saint-Samson church stop: 15 minutes
  • Colleville-Montgomery
  • Hermanville-sur-mer stop and walk: 30 minutes
  • Luc-sur-Mer arrêt stop and walk: 15 minutes
  • Douvres-la-Delivrande stop : 10 minutes
  • Hermanville sur mer cemetery stop and walk 15 minutes
  •  Ranville Pégasus Bridge
  • Ouistreham stop and walk: 20 minutes
  • You will finish at Parking Place Albert Lemarignier Ouistreham




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