D-Day Conneaut returns

Join us, rain or shine, as we pull out all the stops!

Thank you all so very much for your patience. D-Day Conneaut 2021 WILL take place on August 19, 20, and 21. We will be opening reenactor and vendor registration shortly, as well as volunteer sign up, followed in early June by free tickets for spectators.

 

2021, once again D-Day Ohio, Inc. will invade the Lake Erie shores of Conneaut, Ohio, and stage the largest D-Day (1944) living history reenactment in the country. Featuring over  reenactors from across the US and Canada, spectators will witness men, women, and their machines perform a living tribute to the veterans of WWII through dress, mock battles, and living history displays.

The event occurs within the beautifully kept grounds of Conneaut Township Park, in Conneaut, Ohio. Just off Interstate 90 (Exit 241), 5 miles west of the Pennsylvania border, Conneaut is just about half way between Cleveland Ohio and Erie Pennsylvania. There's plenty of free parking with speedy shuttles. *Entry is free but donations of any size are always appreciated as we are 100% funded by donations.

Though D-Day Conneaut is a very popular event, Conneaut Township park has plenty of room to comfortably stroll around and see amazing sites.(Be sure to check out the gallery). With an estimated yearly attendance of over 1400 reenactors from all over the US and Canada, there's little question why D-Day Conneaut has become the one of the largest WWII reenactment in the country.

Viewing the Battles

Viewing space for the battles is limited. Please help us make the most out of our space by following these guidelines so everyone can enjoy the event. If you choose to bring a blanket or chair for seating.... We ask that those wishing to sit at ground level be given priority for the first 20' closest to the rope lines. No Pop-up Tents or Umbrellas during the battle. Those wishing to use chairs should set up 20' from the rope lines so as to not obscure the view of those sitting at ground level. Those visitors wishing to stand for the demonstration should allow those with chairs and blankets places closer to the rope line so they can also see the recreated battle or demonstration. If you select a sitting location, please remain seated as much as possible during the program so as to not block the view of others.

2021 Schedule of Events

Last updated June 12th, 2021. Click here to download a pdf version of the schedule.


There will be no general shuttle service this year. Parking is available on side streets around the park.
There will be limited shuttle service from the designated handicap parking areas.

Thursday Only

5:00 PM -7:00 PM
D-Day Museum Open House
Location: Old Hungarian Church
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D-Day Ohio has our very own D-Day Museum right here in Conneaut. Our museum feature displays and focus on Ohio's contributions to the war efforts and veterans. Stop by our open house and view our current collection of displays and view plans for the completed museum.

8:30-9:15 PM
Dusk Artillery and Tank Firing
Location: Omaha Beach - Occupied France
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Join us for the a unique night firing of our "big guns" and watch as they light up the sky.

Friday Only

5:00-5:45 PM
Allied vs. Axis Soccer Match
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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"Football", soccer as we call it, was extremely popular throughout Europe during WWII. Join us for our annual Allied vs. Axis Soccer match. Come see who will win this epic battle.

6:00-7:00 PM
Don DiSantis Band (Big Band)
Location: Conneaut Arts Center - Conneaut
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"Join the DiSantis Big Band and enjoy some big band music from the times. Just a short distance from Conneaut Township Park.

7:00-8:30 PM
Allied Baseball Game
Location: Malek Park, Parrish Rd. Ball Field
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Join us as our Allied troops participate in a "friendly" game of Baseball. US troops brought American baseball with them when they were stationed in England. Baseball was a keen way to burn off some steam and distract solders from the pending invasion.

Saturday Only

8:00 PM-12:00 AM
U.S.O.-Style Dance
New Leaf Center (110 Gateway Ave.)
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Started in 1941, with a challenge by President Roosevelt for US Service Organizations including the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board to provide a means of  emotional support for troops at home and abroad. USO shows typically included comedians, actress and actors and numerous famous musicians of the day.

Come join us in our final event of D-Day Conneaut -- our USO Salute and dance complete with the fabulous live "Big Band" Madison Jazz Project. You never know who you'll see. Space is limited. 1940s dress is strongly encouraged. Reenactors are free and there is a small admission fee for the public.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

8:00-8:30 PM
German Formation
Location: Sword Beach - Occupied France
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Join us for the morning German Formation

9:00-5:00 PM
Camps open to public
Location: Entire Park
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Join us for the Satursday opening of D-Day Conneaut.

9:00-9:30 AM
Allied Camp Flag Raising
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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Join us for the raising of the Allied Flag and the start of the Saturday events.

9:00-9:15 AM
Artillery and Tank Parade and Firing
Location: Vierville-sur-Mer (Beach) - France
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Listen and watch as our artillery and tanks fire every hour to solute our veterans.

9:00-9:30 AM
Allied Briefing
Location: US Headquarters - England
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Prior to the invasion of the beaches of Normandy, extensive reconnaissance was done of the terrain. Detailed "sand table" miniature models (sand tables) were produced with as much detail as possible for the troops. Come and sit in and watch as top secret (BIGOT) plans are reviewed to make sure everything is ready for the big invasion.

9:00 AM-12:30 PM
Higgins Boat Rides FREE
Location: Conneaut Port Authority - Public Docs
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Developed by Andrew Higgins, the Higgins Boat single handedly chained the course of the war by eliminating the grid lock by allowing commanders to land troops and supplies easily on beachheads. According to Eisenhower, "Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us." So notable was the Higgins boat that even Hitler referring to Andrew Higgins as the "New Noah." By the end of the War, Higgins industries would produce some 20,094 Higgins boats for the Allies. Join us at the Conneaut Public Docks, just a short walk from the park, for a free ride in a real historical Higgins Boat.

9:30-10:30 PM
Assault Training Center for Allied Infantry
Location: Omaha Beach - Occupied France
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In the early hours of June 6th, 1944 Allied men were tasked with invading a heavily fortified beach head.  In the days and weeks ahead, at time, against all odds, team work was often the key to success and staying alive. Join us as our troops practice teamwork and beach landing drills and showcase equipment and clothing used by the men landing on the beaches.

9:30-9:45 AM
Maquis Attack
Location: La Fiere Bridge - Occupied France
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Witness French freedom fighters as they attempt to sabotage the German troops stationed in their area. French freedom fighters played a vital roll in the days and hours prior to the D-Day landing by disrupting communications lines and rail ways.

9:45-10:00 AM
Camp Show
Location: La Fiere Bridge/German Camp - Occupied France
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During the war, keeping moral of the troops up was key. Men and women, many away from home for the first time, needed a break from the horrors and a reminder of what they were fighting for. Thanks to organizations like the USO, many entertainers traveled overseas to entertain our troops; providing them a much needed 'shot in the arm'! Often performing in less-then-glamorous conditions, sometimes on a hood of a jeep or from a back of a truck, these performers were a vital part of keeping our men and women going. Join us as we wait the arrival of the Airborne troops on their way to liberate Foucarville.

10:00-10:10 AM
Artillery and Tank Firing
Location: Vierville-sur-Mer (Beach) - Occupied France
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Because one big gun is just not enough. Come watch, hear, and feel the power of WWII era artillery and tanks as they give us a taste of their power. This is a site, and sensation, you won't easily forget.

10:00 AM -5:00 PM (Friday & Saturday - till 7:00 PM on Thursday)
D-Day Museum Open House
Location: Old Hungarian Church
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D-Day Ohio has our very own D-Day Museum right here in Conneaut. Our museum feature displays and focus on Ohio's contributions to the war efforts and veterans. Stop by our open house and view our current collection of displays and view plans for the completed museum.

10:00-10:30 AM
Foucarville Battle
Location: Mid-Park - Between England and Occupied France
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Through the night all over the northern coast of France, groups of Airborne soldiers link up and proceed upon their objectives—to cut off major intersections and hold cross roads leading from the beaches so that the landing troops could mobilize inland. Some soldiers don't locate their companies until next day as, during the drop, they are scattered across the drop zone and into adjacent areas.

The Airborne portion of the campaign also spread confusion to mislead the German command. The widespread attack, and the use of paradummies (Ruperts) made the initial Allied attack from the air seemed larger and made the Germans think they were being attacked across a wide front. German Command had difficulty mobilizing successful counter attacks because of this mistaken understanding of the breath of the attack.

One of the first engagements with the enemy during the invasion occurred at Fourcarville, a small village a little more than a mile NW of the WXYZ barracks near St. Marin-de-Varreville. The WXYZ Barracks were a key target because they housed the soldiers that manned the costal artillery along the Normandy beaches. Nearby Foucarville is seated at a crossroads that leads from the barracks and other inland points to Utah Beach.

Much of the action at Foucarville occurred at the base of a heavily fortified rise of ground just to the NW of the village. This enemy stronghold became the focal point of much of the fighting as at least 3 planes dropped paratroopers over the German positions at Foucarville.

Several men from Able and Baker companies were taken prisoner. At 0200 on June 6, 1944, Captain Cleveland Fitzgerald (Baker Company) and Lieutenant Harold Hoggard of the 101st Airborne, 502 parachute infantry regiment (under Colonel Cassidy) led a group of 9 men to attack the positions at Foucarville. Because of misdrops and the wide dispersal of personnel during the drop, only a small handful of men could be rallied at that early hour.

Proceeding with what men could be assembled, this party fired on a German sentry posted in the courtyard of a headquarters in the town. Captain Fitzgerald was wounded and, believing the wound fatal, he directed the small party to retire leaving him behind. Later that morning, Lieutenant Swanson(Able Company) led a second attack on the town with a party of approximately 50 men, and set up road blocks in accordance with 1st Battalion’s mission.

The fortified roadblocks, protected by machine guns, bazookas and mines, were to prevent the Germans from moving in and out of the area toward Utah Beach. Throughout the day, soldiers at the roadblocks were under enemy fire from snipers in the town and machine gun positions that the Germans had placed on a platform in a large tree. Yet, as the soldiers of the 101st increase the pressure on the enemy, the Germans gravitate to the fortified hilltop.

Through the day, the captive paratroopers on the fortified hill had been thinking of ways to get free. Ultimately, they decided to try to bluff their German captors. The fortified positions had been scheduled for assault at 2130 by the 1st Battalion and the prisoners had expected to hear heavy fire. However, this had not occurred. The prisoners began checking their watches, whispering to each other, and acting agitated. Eventually curiosity got the better of the Germans who interrogated the prisoners and found that they were anxious because the 377 Parachute Field Artillery was scheduled to begin bombardment of the position at 2230. The position was to be totally destroyed.

Uneasiness about the oncoming bombardment spread to the German garrison and, as the time approached 2200, the Americans were amazed to see white flag raised over position. 87 enemy soldiers surrender, but a die hard group refused to surrender and bolted to the rear of the position. They were caught in the cross fire of the advancing paratroopers, former prisoners, and the advance units of the 4th Infantry Division. About 50 Germans were killed.

10:30-11:00 AM
The Triumphant Downfall: The Tank Destroyers
Location: Utah Beach - Armor ARea
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Come listen to our Allied tank commanders talk about the pivotal roles they played in the landing and push to free France and Europe.

10:45-11:15 AM
Provisional Ranger Battalion Briefing
Location: Allied Parade Grounds - England
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Prior to the invasion of the beaches of Normandy, extensive reconnaissance was done of the terrain. Detailed "sand table" miniature models (sand tables) were produced with as much detail as possible for the troops. Come and experience the Rangers as they receive last minute briefing about what they may expect in the hours and days that follow.

10:45-11:15 AM
The Naval Beach Battalion on D-Day
Location: Allied Parade Grounds - Navy Bunker
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Come see a detailed recreation of the first Navy Beach Battalion bunker that played a crucial role in helping troops on land communicate with ships and personel at sea.

11:00-11:10 AM
Artillery and Tank Firing
Location: Vierville-sur-Mer (Beach) - Occupied France
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If you are still wondering what the heck that noise is at the top of each hour... make your way to the bluff or beach and watch, hear, and feel the power of WWII era artillery and tanks as they give us a taste of their power. This is a site, and sensation, you won't easily forget.

11:00-11:30 PM
German Weapons Demonstration - 100th Jäger
Location: Caen (Upper Pavilion) - Occupied France
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Cover your ears and find some cover! Join us for a "Q and A" presentation and live-fire (blanks) demonstration of some of the most common infantry weapons wielded by the German forces during the Normandy Invasion and throughout WWII. This demonstration will include the K-98 Mauser, MG-42 machine gun, MP-40 sub-machine gun, and the P-08 or P-38 pistol.

11:00-11:30 AM
USO in WWII
Location: Allied Homefront
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Join our USO reenactors as they performs and discusses the USO in WWII.

11:00-11:30 AM
505th Regimental Combat Team D-Day Briefing
Location: US Airborne Camp - England
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The 505th parachute Infantry Regiment, originally the 505th Infantry Regiment was activated in July 1942 ans was instrumental in pre-landing jumps behind the lines to prepare the way for the invasion. Come watch as they have their briefing and learn more about their training and actions.

11:30-1:00 PM
Invasion Assault Team Demonstrations
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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Practice, practice, practice. Watch as the Allied Assault Temas demonstrate their skills that will be put to the test very shortly with the invasion of France.

11:30-1:00 PM
Telephone and Switchboard Training
Location: US Headquarters - England
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Communication is key. No cell phones or texting here. With wireless field radio still in it's infancy, stringing radio wire was a must in many situations. Come learn how all this state-of-the-art technology was integrated and what required to keep in contact with the men and machines leading the fight to break out from the beaches and into the heart of Normandy and beyond.

11:30-12:00 PM
Tour of the Atlantic Wall Fortifications
Location: Tour begins at Lower Pavilion - Occupied France
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Late in 1943, in response to the build up of Allied troops in Great Brittan, Hitler issued Directive 51 which called for the strengthening of the defenses on the "Atlantic Wall". Come take a tour of our section of the wall and inspect the German fortifications.

12:00-12:10 AM
Artillery and Tank Firing
Location: Vierville-sur-Mer (Beach) - Occupied France
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If you are still wondering what the heck that noise is at the top of each hour... make your way to the bluff or beach and watch, hear, and feel the power of WWII era artillery and tanks as they give us a taste of their power. This is a site, and sensation, you won't easily forget.

12:00-12:30 PM
Raising of the Garrison Colors
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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Allied troops assemble on the Allied parade grounds for the Raising of the Garrison Colors flag raising.

12:00-12:30 PM
Mortar Firing Demonstration
Location: Juno and Sward Beaches - Occupied France
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Allied troops spent months in England training for every aspect of the invasion. Watch our platoon demonstration of proper practices and explains what was required for accurate mortar firing.

12:00-12:30 PM
German Field Equipment Briefing - 38th Pionier
Location: Caen (Upper Pavilion) - Occupied France
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Ever wonder what “all that stuff” was that you saw the German soldiers wearing or carrying in pictures or all those war movies? Join us as we demonstrate the different uniforms and field equipment issued to the German infantryman during the war. This presentation will also give attendees an interactive and hands-on look into some of the history, evolution, and utility of what the German soldier would take with him into battle.

12:15-12:45 AM
Camp Show
Location: Point Du Hoc - (Bluff) England
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During the war, keeping moral of the troops up was key. Men and women, many away from home for the first time, needed a break from the horrors and a reminder of what they were fighting for. Thanks to organizations like the USO, many entertainers traveled overseas to entertain our troops; providing them a much needed 'shot in the arm'! Often performing in less-then-glamorous conditions, sometimes on a hood of a jeep or from a back of a truck, these performers were a vital part of keeping our men and women going. Join us as we wait the arrival of the Airborne troops on their way to liberate Foucarville.

12:30-1:00 PM
Vermessung und Kartenabteilung, German Surveying and Sand Table Demonstration
Location: Omaha Beach - Occupied France
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Come experience "virtual reality" 1944 style! Detailed miniture sand table models were produced to give troops a birds eye view of where they would be fighting. Come lean more about how these models were created and used.

12:30-1:00 PM
U.S. Armor on D-Day
Location: Utah Beach/Armor Area - Occupied France/Germany
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Come listen to our Allied tank commanders talk about the pivotal roles they played in the landing and push to free France and all of Europe.

12:30-1:00 PM
The 13th Kavallerie and Bereiterinne In Normandy
Location: Caen (Upper Pavilion) - Occupied France
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Come learn about the 13th Kavallerie and Bereiterinne and their contributions in the Normandy invasion.

12:30 -1:00 PM
Bayonet Drill Demonstration
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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Fix Bayonet's! Watch as our men train and learn the life saving skills of hand to hand combat.

12:30 -1:00 PM
Victory Gardening American Homefront
Location: Allied Home Front - England
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Description: Join the Master Gardeners at their booth as they discuss the use of Victory Gardens across America during WWII to aid the war efforts.

1:00-1:30 AM
320th Barrage Balloon Company on D-Day (Friday and Saturday Only)
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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In 1944 the US Army was segregated. The 320th Barrage Ballon Battalion was an African American United States Army unit that played a crucial roll in protecting the ships and men landing on the beaches. Being the first African American unit to come ashore on D-Day and being the only American barrage ballon unit in France, the sussess of the 320th mission was essential for multiple reasons. Come learn more about their heroic actions and what life was like for these men.

1:00-1:30 AM
Morse Code Training
Location: US Headquarters - England
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Texting 1944 style: Morse Code. Developed in 1836 by Samuel Morse and Joseph Henry, Morse Code is a way of converting the alphabet into a series of dots and dashes that can be sent long distances over wires or by flashing light to communicate without voice. Come watch as "new recruits" lean the in's and outs of sending, receiving and translating Morse Code messages.

1:00-1:30 AM
Army Chaplains Church Service - Chaplains in WWII
Location: Allied Camp - England
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Join us for a brief service and discussion about the vital roll the Army Chaplains played in WWII.

1:00-1:30 PM
German Landmines in WWII and Demo
Location: Juno and Sword Beaches - Occupied France
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During the War, millions of land and sea mines were deployed and utilized. Join us on the beach to learn about these deadly weapons and how they were used and dealt with.

1:15-1:45 AM
The Evolution of the M4 Sherman Tank
Location: Utah Beach/Armor Area - Occupied France/Germany
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Come listen to our Allied tank commanders talk about the pivotal roles they played in the landing and push to free France and all of Europe.

1:30-2:00 AM
Army Air Corps Briefing
Location: Allied Camp/ Army Air Corps Section - England
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The key to protecting the largest amphibious landing ever attempted was to control the air. Sit in and listen as the Army Air Corps goes over final preparations for the D-Day Invasion.

1:30-2:00 PM
Medics on D-Day
Location: Allied Parade - England
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"Bloody Omaha" it was called. Location of some of the fiercest battles of D-Day. Come learn about those who's who took on this impossible job and cared for the wounded and dying on Omaha and all the other beaches of D-Day.

1:30-2:00 PM
SAS Training
Location: Foucarville Area - Occupied France
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"Come and learn first hand about "The Special Air Service" unit of the British Army. Originally called "L" Detachment, Special Air Service Brigade—the "L" designation and Air Service name being a tie-in to a British disinformation campaign, trying to deceive the Axis into thinking there was a paratrooper regiment with numerous units operating in the area. Watch as these skilled individuals train and discuss the unique requirements of being in SAS.

1:30-2:00 PM
South Bend Blue Sox Living History Team
Location: Homefront - England
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"Play Ball! With our boys over seas fighing, something had to be done to give those at home some entertainment. The South Bend Blue Sox was a women's professional baseball team who played from 1943 through 1954 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. A founding member, the team represented South Bend, Indiana, and played their home games at Bendix Field. Come lean more about the team and their homefront efforts during the war.

2:00-2:10 PM
Artillery and Tank Firing
Location: Vierville-sur-Mer (Beach)
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If you are still wondering what the heck that noise is at the top of each hour... make your way to the bluff or beach and watch, hear, and feel the power of WWII era artillery and tanks as they give us a taste of their power. This is a site, and sensation, you won't easily forget.

2:00-2:30 PM
Radio Training
Location: US Headquarters - England
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The first "field radio/telephone" was deigned by the US in 1889 but proved too expensive for mass production and adoption. The die was cast however, and by WWI the use of field telephones was commonplace. Unlike the SCR-536 Handie Talkie (we call them walkie talkies), field radios required wire to be run between a phone and a command booth. The task of running these wires and operating these stations fell on the the Signal Corps. Come experience a working WWII communications center and learn just how vital to the success of the invasion they were.

2:00-2:30 PM
Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (The Monuments Men) - Friday and Saturday Only
Location: Allied Home Front - England
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Come and learn about "The Monuments Men", a dedicated men and women curators, art historians, librarians, architects, and artists who's job it was to preserve and retrieve artistic and cultural art and achievements from the destruction of war and theft by the Hitler's troops.

2:00-2:30 PM
German Field Equipment and Uniform Briefing - 38th Pionier
Location: German Camp near La Fiere Bridge - Occupied France
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Ever wonder what “all that stuff” was, that you saw the German soldiers wearing or carrying in all of those war movies? Join us as we demonstrate the different uniforms and field equipment issued to the German infantryman during the war. This presentation will also give attendees an interactive and hands-on look into some of the history, evolution, and utility of what the German soldier would take with him into battle.

2:30-2:45 PM
Normandy Troop Embarkation Formation for Beach Landing
Location: Bluff Overlooking Beach
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If you are still wondering what the heck that noise is at the top of each hour... make your way to the bluff or beach and watch, hear, and feel the power of WWII era artillery and tanks as they give us a taste of their power. This is a site, and sensation, you won't easily forget.

2:45-3:00 PM
Normandy Beach Landing Narration Begins
Location: Bluff Overlooking Beach
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A historical narrated account of the preparations for the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and description of what will take place during our recreation of the landings.

3:00-3:45 PM
Seaborne Normandy Beach Landing Battle Begins
Location: Bluff and Beaches
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Codenamed Operation Neptune, the largest seaborne invasion in history commenced at 0630 on June 6, 1944.

After months of planning and training, allied infantry and armored divisions began landing along a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coast in 5 distinct sectors. From west to east, they were: Utah, Omaha, Gold Juno and Sword. (In the D-Day Conneaut historically inspired recreation, our beaches are in reverse order with Sword represented on the west and Utah to the east.)

Nearly 5,000 landing and assault craft, 289 escort vessels, and 277 minesweepers participated in the invasion and almost 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day. By the end of June, the Allies had landed some 875,000 men.

The landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and the airborne assault by 24,000 US, British and Canadian paratroopers the night before.

Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous.

Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs while at Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns had to be cleared through house-to-house fighting.

Members of the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division were the first to land on Utah Beach, arriving at 06:30. Their landing craft were pushed to the south by strong currents, and they found themselves about 2,000 yards from their intended landing zone, to a point that was more lightly defended. Officers in the first wave had subsequent waves redirected to this spot because of the light resistance. The initial assault battalions were quickly followed by engineer and demolition teams to remove beach obstacles and clear the area directly behind the beach of obstacles and mines.

Gaps were blown in the sea wall to allow quicker access for troops and tanks. Combat teams began to exit the beach at around 09:00. The 4th Infantry Division landed 21,000 troops at the cost of only 197 casualties.

The capture of Pointe du Hoc, a prominent headland situated between Utah and Omaha, was assigned to two hundred men of 2nd Ranger Battalion. Their task was to scale the 30 yard cliffs and destroy the coastal gun battery located at the top. While under fire from above, the men scaled the cliff, only to discover that the guns had already been withdrawn. The Rangers located the weapons, unguarded but ready to use, in an orchard some 600 yd south of the point, and disabled them with explosives.

Omaha Beach, the most heavily defended beach, was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division. Strong currents forced many landing craft east of their intended position or caused them to be delayed. Many of the landing craft ran aground on sandbars and the men had to wade 50 to 100 yards in water up to their necks while under fire to get to the beach. Problems clearing the beach of obstructions led to the beachmaster calling a halt to further landings of vehicles at 08:30.

A group of destroyers provided fire support so landings could resume. Exit from the beach was possible only via five heavily defended gullies, and by late morning barely 600 men had reached the higher ground. By noon, as the artillery fire took its toll and the Germans started to run out of ammunition, the Americans were able to clear some lanes on the beaches. They also started clearing the gullies of enemy defenses so that vehicles could move off the beach.

At Gold Beach, high winds made conditions difficult for the landing craft, and the failure of aerial attacks to destroy embrasures and artillery meant that the British soldiers had to land under enfilading fire. An 88mm gun from a casmate emplacement was disabled around 0730 but a second gun continued to take its toll until 1600 when it was destroyed by a tank.

Once upon the beach, infantry began clearing the heavily fortified houses along the shore and advanced on targets further inland. Allied casualties at Gold Beach are estimated at 1,000.

On Juno Beach, rough weather forced the first waves of 3rd Canadian Division soldiers to be delayed until 07:35 and the men arrived ahead of their supporting armor. Several assault companies of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada took heavy casualties in the opening minutes of the first wave. Exits from the beach were created, but not without difficulty. However, strength of numbers, as well as coordinated fire support from artillery and armored squadrons, cleared most of the coastal defenses within two hours of landing.

The subsequent push inland achieved mixed results because of delays and heavy resistance. When all operations were ordered to halt at 21:00, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada had reached its D-Day objective and the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had succeeded in pushing farther inland than any other landing force on D-Day. By nightfall, the contiguous Juno and Gold beachheads covered an area 12 miles wide and 7 miles deep. Casualties at Juno were 961 men.

On Sword Beach, units of the British 2nd Army were began landing at 07:25 am. Resistance on the beach was weak; however, the beach was heavily mined and peppered with obstacles, making the work of the beach clearing teams difficult and dangerous and the windy conditions caused the tide came in more quickly than expected. Yet, within 45 minutes, the fighting had been pushed inland. On the east flank Commando units linked up with British paratroopers by 13:00.

The only significant German counter-attacks on D-Day came at Sword Beach. Starting around 16:00, the 21st Panzer Division made two attacks against the British forces and were not fully neutralized until late evening. By the end of 6 June, the German 716th Infantry Division had been almost entirely destroyed, many having fought to the death.

Estimates of Allied casualties on Sword Beach are as high as 1,000. Though the Allied invasion plans had called for the capture of several towns, with all the beaches (other than Utah) linked with a front line 6 to 10 miles from the beaches these objectives were not achieved.

The five bridgeheads were not connected until 12 June and Caen, a major objective, would not be completely captured until July 21, 1944. Successful Allied deception campaigns, incomplete German fortifications, Allied air superiority and disruptions to the French transportation infrastructure all helped ensure victory in the Normandy campaign. German casualties on D-Day were around 1,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

4:15-4:45 PM
Mortar Firing Demonstration
Location: Juno and Sward Beaches - Occupied France
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Allied troops spent months in England training for every aspect of the invasion. Watch our platoon demonstration of proper practices and explains what was required for accurate mortar firing.

4:30-4:35 PM
Evening Gun
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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To signify the end of the day and to remember all of those who gave so much and continue to give and fight for freedom, please join us for our Evening Gun Salute.

4:30-4:45 PM
Retreat Ceremony
Location: Allied Parade Ground - England
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After the epic battle, come and be surprised as our troops make one final presentation in formation for the day.

4:30-5:00 AM
Camp Show
Location: Allied Homefront - England
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During the war, keeping moral of the troops up was key. Men and women, many away from home for the first time, needed a break from the horrors and a reminder of what they were fighting for. Thanks to organizations like the USO, many entertainers traveled overseas to entertain our troops; providing them a much needed 'shot in the arm'! Often performing in less-then-glamorous conditions, sometimes on a hood of a jeep or from a back of a truck, these performers were a vital part of keeping our men and women going. Join us as we wait the arrival of the Airborne troops on their way to liberate Foucarville.

4:30-5:00 PM
The 13th Kavallerie and Bereiterinne In Normandy
Location: Caen (Upper Pavilion) - Occupied France
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Come learn about the 13th Kavallerie and Bereiterinne and their contributions in the Normandy invasion.

5:15-5:45 PM
The Fallen of D-Day Memorial Service
Location: 6th Beach Battalion Bunker - England
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Watch as these men commemorate the fallen of D-Day in their special memorial service and tribute to those that gave their lives for freedom.

5:30 PM
Camps Close to Public
Location: All Camps
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All camp related public activities close for the day. Thank you for coming. Please consider leaving a donation with one of our many volunteers on your way out. It's with your support we are able to tell the stoies and honor those who gave so much.

8:00 PM-12:00 AM
U.S.O.-Style Dance
New Leaf Center (110 Gateway Ave.)
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Started in 1941, with a challenge by President Roosevelt for US Service Organizations including the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board to provide a means of  emotional support for troops at home and abroad. USO shows typically included comedians, actress and actors and numerous famous musicians of the day.

Come join us in our final event of D-Day Conneaut -- our USO Salute and dance complete with the fabulous live "Big Band" Madison Jazz Project. You never know who you'll see. Space is limited. 1940s dress is strongly encouraged. Reenactors are free and there is a small admission fee for the public.