Wheels & Tracks

Military Vehicles in Normandy

Visitors to the areas around the Normandy Landing Beaches, especially during the month of June, will notice a vast amount of restored Second World War vehicles on the roads - and often times the beaches too. Although many of these vehicles themselves have no direct link to D-Day or Operation Overlord, having so many of them return to Normandy every year really does add to the atmosphere, epsecially when the drivers and passengers of the vehicles are dressed in period clothing.

The images on this page are just a small selection of some of the vehicles we have photographed in Normandy over recent years. Although not technically "restored", we have included some of the static machines now serving as monuments or memorials to those who fought in the Battle of Normandy.


Halftrack

Arromanches

CCKW Truck

Arromanches

Citroen R23

Sainte-Merè-Église

Jeep

Saint-Côme-du-Mont

CCKW Truck

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

M4A2 (75) Sherman "Keren"

Le Vieux-Montmerrei

Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck

Longues

Tiger I

Vimoutiers

Jeep

Omaha Beach

Caterpillar Bulldozer

Arromanches

Tank Destroyer

Catz (A10 airfield)

Jeep

Omaha Beach

Dodge Command Car

Sainte-Merè-Église

M4 Sherman

Bayeux

Jeep

Omaha Beach

M4 Sherman

Saint-Côme-du-Mont

Canadian Staff Car

Saint-Côme-du-Mont

Allied Motorcycles

Sainte-Merè-Église

GMC DUKW Amphibious Truck

Arromanches

Dodge Command Car

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Jeep

Sainte-Merè-Église

M4A2 Sherman BARV (Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle)

Arromanches


Military Vehicle Organisations

If you would like to get involved in the military vehicle scene, or just like to learn more about the hard work involved in restoring these classic vehicles, the organsisations below may be of interest. You may also find the Historic Military Vehicles Forum another good place to investigate.