ARROMANCHES

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Remains of the Mulberry Harbour, Arromanches

 

ARROMANCHES - HOME OF THE MULBERRY HARBOUR

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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.

There 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 French Commandos).

In 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.

Thirteen 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.

 

German Radar dish Normandy
Small section of Holt's D Day map showing the Arromanches area

 

 

 

 

 

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