The small town of Arromanches on the Northern
coast of France is today the centre for British and many
other visitors to the D Day Landing Beaches.
were five landing beaches code-named Utah, Omaha,Gold,
Juno and Sword. The first two were the American beaches,
Gold was British, (Arromanches is part of Gold) Juno was designated as Canadian and
Sword included British and 'Allied' (meaning in essence
order to re-supply the invasion after the initial landings
two concrete floating harbours named 'Mulberries' were
towed across the Channel. One was assembled off Omaha
beach and the other off Arromanches.
days after the landings of 6 June 1944 a fierce storm
destroyed the harbour off Omaha but the one at Arromanches
survived and many of the concrete caissons that formed
the harbour are still in place today. See picture above.