Experience the atmosphere of the popular mini-series, "Band of Brothers," first-hand with a tour of the battle sites.
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The series, based on Stephen Ambrose's work, follows the battles and trials of Easy Company during World War II. The show launches during training in the States and in England, before the company parachuted into Normandy.
They landed in France and moved into Brecourt Manor, just north of Saint Marie-du-Mont, to take out a German artillary installation. They regrouped in the town of Angonoville-au-Plain and, for three weeks, attempted to capture the town of Carentan.
Carentan today is a quaint village of about 7,000 people just 4 kilometers from the beachfront and a short drive to Utah Beach, among the most visited World War II sites. Carentan features an 11th century cathedral and a town hall built over the 17th and 18th centuries. There is a market every Monday morning.
After missions in Holland and Belgium, Easy Company returned to France in the Alsacian town of Haguenau before crossing the border nearby, entering Germany and eventually taking Hitler's compound, Eagle's Nest.
Haguenau, located in the northern Alsace, is a larger town of about 35,000 people. There are two churches there dating back to the 13th century, a historic museum and an Alsatian museum featuring traditional native costumes. Both cities are near the German border, allowing for excursions there.
Haguenau is just north of Strasbourg, seat of the European Council and European Parliament. Strasbourg is a bustling city filled with charming timbered buildings and robust dining options.
Following in the footsteps of the Band of Brothers will not only expose travelers to World War II history and sites, but also a diverse mix of charming villages and enticing cities. You don't have to be a war history buff to enjoy it. During your tour, you can also relax on the beach, nibble baguettes, shop or visit wineries.