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Big Red One Assault Museum

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Address: Hameau Le Bray D-514, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer, France
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An accidental visit as we were heading for Omaha Beach

This is a small private museum owned and operated by the same man, Mr. Pierre Gosselin, who speaks excellent English, My friend and I stumbled on it while heading for Omaha Beach... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 July 2016
Paul M
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Berkeley Springs, WV

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colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

A wonderful museum. Most impressive is the detailed knowledge of the owner. Meeting, and speaking with him was one of the highlights of my trip to Normandy!

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Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I found this museum very interesting and respectful of the brave American soldiers of the Big Red One division until I ended up the visit at the boutique. I found there in the window a collection edition of Mein Kampf at 350 euros. When I asked the owner what was the rational of having this book in the museum, he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

The BRO's accomplishments seem to have been overshadowed through the years by the accomplishments of the 29th, 82nd and 101st. The 1st Infantry not only stormed the beaches of Omaha, they did the same in North Africa and Italy. Pierre, the owner of the museum, is passionate about keeping the legacy of the 1st alive. I highly recommend this museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My granddad was a D-Day Omaha Beach veteran in the 16th IR of the Big Red One so I had to stop here on my way from the American Cemetery to Port En Bessin. I'm glad I did. The museum is very small but there were many things on display that made me think of my granddad. I really appreciate... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

The owner started collecting D-Day artifacts when he was eight years old and has thirty years worth of carefully researched and documented uniforms, utensils, weapons, and supplies. Descriptions and signage in English and French. Tiny gift shop contains good selection of maps and books.

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Berkeley Springs, WV
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This is a small private museum owned and operated by the same man, Mr. Pierre Gosselin, who speaks excellent English, My friend and I stumbled on it while heading for Omaha Beach. Mr. Gosselin has taken the time to become an expert on the entire D-Day 1st Infantry Division chain of command and every Medal of Honor winner from Operation... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

This small but intriguing museum is not a typical museum. Although it is tiny, the curator has been finding and collecting artifacts since he was a child and he has assembled them lovingly in this collection. Try to find him for a personal tour. He can tell you where he found items, the stories behind some of the men who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

A bit more conventional museum than for example the airborne museum in St mere Eglise. Despite that still well worth a visit. audio guides are good and necessary for a complete experience. I enjoyed the short movie that was available for viewing in both English and French.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

Quite an exceptional privately maintained museum focused in on D-Day & the Red 1 unit's contributions to it & afterwards. Outstanding displays of original equipment, guns, and regalia of the WWII era in Normandy. Worth a visit especially for children & history buffs. Enjoy...

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

I visited this museum June 2015 and found the proprietor an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable supporter of the Big Red One. He has much in the way of personal research and has items contributed by WWII veterans of the Division. The Five Euro entry fee is well worth it. Of course, if you know nothing about Omaha Beach or the... More 

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