Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books

GOLD Beach Summary with Google Map

Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps




GOLD BEACH - D DAY LANDINGS

The five D Day landing beaches were named, west to east, as Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The first two were the American beaches for the 1st (US) Army and the other three for the British and Canadian 2nd (British) Army.

The western beaches were allocated to the Americans so that their supply routes from home would not cross the routes to the other beaches.

GOLD beach has at its western end the seaside town of Arromanches where the British Mulberry harbour was built and whose remains can still be seen today. The D Day landing force was the 50th Northumbrian Division commanded by Major General D. A. H. Graham and the assault time was 0725 hours.

Offshore the landing was supported by fire from the Cruisers HMS Orion, HMS Ajax, HMS Argonaut and HMS Emerald and it was an ambitious plan.

The task was to penetrate inland beyond the N13 Bayeux to Caen road, to take the German gun battery at Longues and to link up with the Americans at OMAHA beach by using Special Forces.

What actually happened is told in our guide book .

To find out more click here http://www.guide-books.co.uk/normandy.html

View  of GOLD beach from the German bunker at le Hamel This is GOLD beach looking towards Arromanches from the German bunker at le Hamel as the Germans would have seen it. Using a machine gun firing along the beach, the Germans inflicted many casualties on the troops as they landed. The book has over 200 coloured pictures.

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