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In the ever-more digital age in which we live, it is becoming increasingly popular to use công nghệ lớn help explore the Normandy battlefields & learn about Operation Overlord and the D-Day landings. As well as information websites (such as sydneyowenson.com) và social truyền thông sites lượt thích Pinterest, Instagram và Twitter (the latter of which we are big fans), there are now dozens of different điện thoại thông minh apps that can be downloaded to lớn help visitors to Normandy navigate the battlefields, museums, relics và reminders of those first months following the invasion of Europe in June 1944.

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The local Normandy tourist boards have sầu also implemented several schemes khổng lồ allow visitors khổng lồ get more information of particular sites using their smart-devices. Many of the familiar "xanh boards" or "totems" around the invasion routes (read more about the invasion routes) are now equipped with QR codes that, when scanned, provide the viewer with photos and historical information.

We have sầu detailed below some of the different options available for visitors to the Normandy battlefields. If you know of a great app or a really useful Twitter feed you would like to recommkết thúc, then please get in touch and let us know.


Regular visitors khổng lồ the Normandy Battefields will be familar with the many tall, blue information panels located throughout the area providing information on many of the most important D-Day sites along the pre-determined signposted routes (which you can read more about here).

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Known as totems, the panels provide route infomration on one side and French và English descriptions of the site or area on the other.

In recent years some of the "totems" have sầu been retro-fitted with an addiitonal panel and turned inkhổng lồ "Géo Points". Each one has been given a quality alpha-numeric code và visitors can get additional information on their sản phẩm điện thoại devices by either visiting a trang web & entering the totem"s quality code number; scanning a QR code (Data Matrix barcode); or via NFC (Near Field Communication) if supported by th user"s device.

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Information is provided in a number of languages including French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch & German. As well as information on the Overlord routes mentioned above sầu there are prices và opening times of museums and some narrated videos. Check out the information available by visiting the website mentioned on the panels themselves - http://nmeh.mobi. If you"d like to lớn look at an example of the information available for a specific panel then choose "Totems" from the thực đơn and enter the code "HZ7H" (which is the identity code for the Totem at Hill 112 south-west of Caen).


Released in 2013, the D-Day Box was the brainchild of two young Calvados residents - Vincent Françoise et Yuri Perchey. Each beautifully designed box is adorned by a flag of one the Allied nations. Each contains an MP3 player, earbud headphones & a map with GPS locations and reference photos. There is also an eBook on the device and a

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replica "cricket" lượt thích the ones used by paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division. The MP3 player is pre-loaded with 17 professionally recorded audio guides in both French & English. Available at many shops and museums in Normandy, the D-Day Box costs around €39. It can also be purchased from the D-Day Box website at a discounted price. It is also possible to lớn purchase and download the individual audio files from there.

The included earbuds use the standard plug so can obviously be substituted by your own choice of "skull candy". The MP3 player uses a Micro SD card so it is actually possible to remove it from the player and use it in another device. A USB cable is also included in the box both for charging and khổng lồ enable the player khổng lồ be connected khổng lồ car audio systems (where supported). It goes without saying that you should give sầu the player a good charge before use.

As of 2017, the D-Day Box is still going svào. Vincent and Yuri have sầu even been in Las Vegas promoting their project at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.


The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or Open Air/mở cửa Sky Museum, is an initiative devised by the communes of Sainte-Mère-église & the surrounding areas. It consists of a GPS-enabled device which acts as a digital tour guide taking visitors on a 50Km round trip - using đoạn phim, audio and archive sầu photos lớn bring to lớn life the battlefields

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of the American airborne sector & Utah Beach. The interactive sầu bản đồ will chip in with historical facts as the unit passes pre-determined points of interest.

Available from the Sainte-Mère-église tourist office opposite the church và it is recommended to lớn book a device in advance. Visitors should allow about 4 hours lớn complete the tour which takes people from Sainte-Mère-église khổng lồ La Fiére, Amfreville, Picauville, Chef-du-Pont, Saint-Marie-du-Mont, Utah Beach và Foucarville. French và English language versions of the guide are available. The cost of renting the digital assistant is quite reasonable - just €8 (or €6 if you already have sầu a Normandie Pass). However, in order to lớn hire the device a €250 deposit and photo ID is needed.

The Open Sky Museum has been around for a few years now, but with the multitude of apps now available for tải về và with practically everyone carrying their own smartphone, we aren"t sure how much of a future this has, especially given the €250 deposit requirement which may put off many potential users - along with the fact that it only deals with one element of the much larger invasion.

For more information visit the Normandie Tourisme website.


điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh and tablet apps are great way to lớn carry with you tools khổng lồ enhance your visit lớn the D-Day landing sites. If you search for D-Day Apps you will find also find a fair few games, but those are of no interest to us & not reviewed here. We"ve compiled a list below of the main D-Day apps that arecurrently available & given a few comments about each. Some are really worth having whilst others are less essential. Some are miễn phí, but even those which vì chưng have sầu a price tag will not break the bank - so for the sake of a couple of pounds why not give them a try? Don"t forget, there are also Kindle and other eBook versions of many popular Normandy-related books that can server as alternatives or additions khổng lồ apps.With any of the D-Day apps listed, we recommkết thúc you tải về them whilst connected lớn Wi-Fi rather than across your điện thoại carrier"s network. This is especially true if you are already in Normandy và using data roaming services. Make sure you start each phầm mềm before going out on the road as well. Upon first running some of the apps will ask if you want to lớn download additional material khổng lồ the device - khổng lồ which the answer is, of course, "yes". Most, if not all of the apps, will not need to lớn use the network once installed and will run purely from the device. The exception really only applies if using any of the apps to lớn help navigate through something like Google Maps.

Note: You can clichồng on the Android or iOS (Apple) liên kết khổng lồ jump straight to lớn the Google Play or iTunes page for the specified phầm mềm. There you can view system requirements and kiểm tra out screenshots before deciding whether lớn download or purchase.
This tiện ích is a miễn phí tool developed for the American Battle Monuments Commission lớn help visitors to the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville. The well-designed but easy-to-navigate ứng dụng provides a background to lớn the cemetery, practical information like the location of the restrooms, a map and even the ability lớn search the cemetery"s burials either by name or by state. Also included are dozens of personal stories with photos. These are searchable based on the contributor"s name or by branch of service. A very worthwhile tiện ích that we highly recommkết thúc.
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The Pointe du Hoc tiện ích is another miễn phí tool developed for the American Battle Monuments Commission. The development of this app was done by a different company so the "look và feel" is different to lớn the Normandy American Cemetery app. With images, audio & text the ứng dụng gives visitors a very good overview of the Ranger assault made on D-Day. In addition lớn a tour that you can follow there is also a chronology of the battle, key facts, tourist information & a maps which can link lớn your devices GPS lớn display whereabouts you are on the Pointe du Hoc site. Again this is a very nice little ứng dụng that is worth having even if you are familiar with the site.
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"A Jump In History Through Augmented Reality" is the bold description that goes with the tiện ích. It"s an extremely polished piece of work and nothing lượt thích any of the other D-Day apps. A project by the "Bessin Seulles et Mer" communes the app won the 2013 Ulysses Award for Innovation. Visitors use their device & the app as a sort of window to lớn look through và the phầm mềm very cleverly shows a digital reconstruction of how their "view" would have sầu been seen in 1944. It"s better for us to lớn show you rather than explain, so cliông chồng here to watch a short video to lớn see what we mean.
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This curiously-titled phầm mềm was commissioned by Le Mémorial de Caen for the 70th Anniversary in năm trước. It concentrates on the chronology, key personnel và statistics but does so in quite an engaging way. There is a world bản đồ with a timelines tracing the D-Day plan baông chồng to its earliest roots. Another screen gives users a protệp tin of many of the key players on both sides, including politicians & military leaders on both the Allied and German sides. There is a very good animated timeline maps of northern France showing the landings, the stages of the Battle of Normandy, the breakout and pursuit of the German Army. The final series of screens are very good D-Day infographics with troop và equipment numbers, casualties, & other statistical information. Overall this is a well-constructed & informative phầm mềm that is more educational that practical, and it is well worth downloading regardless of whether you are visiting the D-Day beaches or not.
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This tiện ích serves as a digital tour guide and is pretty comprehensive with a good history of Operation Overlord, each beach & the breakout. There are 100 locations khổng lồ choose from which encompass sites from all five beaches và both British and American airborne sectors. Each location has a good written description và often multiple photographs, with practical information like the availability of toilets. Users can view the sites as a list of on a map with colour-coded pins & can even mark sites as "favourites". The phầm mềm can link lớn Google Maps for live sầu directions, but of course this feature will require data usage. All in all this is a very nicely put together app with genuine real-world usability.
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The Pocket Locations D-Day & Normandy app offers some of the same features as the Spot On Locations tiện ích mentioned above. However, it has far viewer points of interest - less than half of those included with the Spot On Locations" phầm mềm. Some veteran D-Day tiện ích users may have sầu previously come across the "Brittany Ferries D-Day Guide" tiện ích in the past. This was effectively a rebranded version of the Pocket Locations guide. The ứng dụng uses different colours to lớn identify different types of site (cemetery, museum, battle site etc) and has a special colour for sites relating khổng lồ the HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers". For each of the sites included in the phầm mềm there is a text mô tả tìm kiếm, co-ordinates và photo(s). It also gives the option khổng lồ use Google Maps to help you navigate to the location. The app is easy khổng lồ use, but if you are looking for the type of "digital tour guide" then we think the Spot On Locations ứng dụng above does a much better job. It is also the only ứng dụng listed here for which there is no Android version. Not Available
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