Gold Beach – A D-Day Landing Beach

Gold Beach

The Gold Beach sector stretches east of the port of Arromanches and includes the villages of Asnelles and Ver-sur-Mer. Action was deliberately avoided in Arromanches on D-Day so it could be kept clear for the floating pre-fabricated Mulberry Harbour that was put in place after the invasion. Aerial and naval bombardments before the troops landed had successfully knocked out some of the strongest German defences. British troops were tasked with attacking Gold Beach. Advances around Ver-sur-Mer were generally rapid while at nearby Asnelles the German resistance was stronger. By the end of the day, the Allied forces had practically met the objectives set for them and were closing in on Bayeux. The troops took control of Bayeux on the morning of 7th June.

Arromanches

Must Sees

America Gold Beach Museum (Musée America-Gold Beach) at Ver-sur-Mer

One part of this museum is dedicated to the D-Day Landings on Gold Beach. Another part of the museum commemorates an event in 1927 when the first mail-carrying flight from the USA to Europe crash-landed in the sea off Ver-sur-Mer. The aircraft was named America. For more information, you can visit the museum’s website.

Arromanches 360 circular cinema

The cinema is set on the cliffs above Arromanches and looks down onto the remains of the artifical Mulberry port. Visitors can watch the film ‘100 Days of Normandy’ on 9 screens and includes archive footage of the Battle of Normandy. Check out their website and also TripAdvisor reviews for more information.

Arromanches Landings Museum (Musée du Débarquement)

The museum is built on the site of the Mulberry port built by the British. Here you can learn about the challenges of building the port and how it contributed to the victory. The remains of the Mulberry harbour are a few meters offshore and can be seen from inside the museum. There is also a memorial to the Royal Engineers who built the harbour. You can visit the memorial on Rue du Calvaire.

Royal Engineers Memorial, Arromanches-les-Bains

 

Longues-sur-Mer German gun battery

The battery is located between Omaha and Gold beaches and offers a panoramic view over the landing beaches. It formed part of the Atlantic Wall but was subjected to intense air and sea bombardment. It was taken by British troops on 7th June. There’s more information from the Baeyeux Tourist Office here.

Ryes, Bazenville war cemetery

There are over 600 Commonwealth graves in the Ryes War Cemetery.

Ryes War Cemetery near Gold Beach