GOLD beach has at its western end the small harbour of Port en Bessin, which shared a border with the eastern boundary of the American OMAHA Beach.
Arromanches is where the British Mulberry harbour was assembled and its remains can still be seen today right in the centre of GOLD.
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 aim 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.