Situated between SWORD BEACH to the east and GOLD BEACH to the west, JUNO BEACH spanned between St Aubin sur Mer and Grave sur Mer.
JUNO BEACH was assaulted by troops of the 3rd Canadian Division supported by Sherman DD tanks of the 6th and the 10th Canadian Armoured Regiments. Canadian warships also took part in the bombardment of the beaches. With H-hour set at 07:45, 21,500 troops were landed on D-Day.
What to see at Juno beach
Today Juno Beach is in my mind the trickiest of the D-Day beaches to tour, with much of the seafront being taken up by new residental developments and other beach-front properties.
The small port of Courselles sur Mer in the NAN-GREEN sector of the beach gives a good opportunity to park and see the long flat sands heading east, and the sand-dune backed beaches to the west.
It is in this town that the Juno Beach Centre lies, a museum to the Canadian forces in Normandy.
Courselles is also the home to a salvaged Sherman DD now adorned with the badges of many regiments (in the town centre).
In the dunes slightly west of the town heading towards GOLD BEACH, at Graye-sur-Mer, can be seen a large Cross of Lorraine marking the landing point of Charles de Gaulle on the 14th of June 1944.
A Churchill AVRE armed with a ‘Petard Mortar’ sits on the road nearby, itself having recently been moved from the main road alongside the D514.
By car, simply follow the D514 coast road. See the ‘Getting about in Normandy section’ for details of bus routes