Normandy is famous for its beaches, some of which were involved in the D-Day landings during World War II when 156,000 Allied troops landed on five beaches on June 6, 1944. This French region is also known for its cheese, apple orchards and seaside cliffs.
The storming of the beaches of Normandy helped the Allied troops liberate Paris two months later and contributed to the German surrender. Troops from the United States landed at the most western beach, Utah, and Omaha Beach. British troops landed at Gold Beach, while Canadian troops stormed Juno Beach. Both British and Canadian troops worked to secure Sword Beach, the most eastern beach involved in D-Day.
Most of Normandy's industry is focused on agriculture, with apples, cattle and dairy farming contributing to the local economy. The region is particularly famous for Camembert cheese, which originated in the Norman town of Camembert. The region also features a "Route de Cidre" which allows visitors to sample Normandy's ciders. The abbey of Mont Saint-Michel and Monet's gardens at Giverny are also located in Normandy.
Normandy is located on the northern coast of France along the English Channel. It is comprised of two regions: Haute-Normandie, which has Rouen as its capital, and Basse-Normandie, which has Caen as its capital. The D-Day beaches are located in Basse-Normandie.