A historically protected house right on the beach at Vierville sur mer, Normandy, France, nick named during WW11 as Omaha Beach. The home is in the Dog Green sector. Dog Green beach was portrayed in both movies Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day. The house was standing, unoccupied, on the beach front during the D-Day landings and managed to remain with only some roof damage, quite a bit of damage to the fence and some bullets imbedded in the walls of the building. The German’s took the roof off and used the rafters for building their bunkers. Then when the American’s came they took the roof tiles to build roads etc. The roof tiles were eventually returned after the battle.
The previous owners, the Hardelay’s, a local family, were evacuated from the house by the German’s prior to the invasion, and moved temporarily into the village of Vierville. Mr. Hardelay later become the mayor of Vierville and would entertain many famous people at the house during the proceeding years including Mrs. Nancy Reagan.
On the top of the hill to the left side of the first picture was the German position WN70. WN stands for “Widerstandnest” in German and in English the “Resistance Nest”. At this position the German’s had a 75 mm gun in a pill box and another 75 mm gun, 4 tobruks with MG’s, 2 mortars in concrete emplacements and one 20 mm flak gun. This position was taken by the American’s on the morning of D-Day.
The house was built in approximately 1907 and then had a larger addition and major renovations added in approximately 1920. The house is over 4500 sq. ft., it is 4 stories, 9 bedrooms (only 6 bedrooms available for renting) with very large public rooms. It retains the quirky charm of an old French villa but has had recent renovations to upgrade it to the 2000’s..
Stand right in the spot that the German’s invaded and the Americans defended.