Gold Beach

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After landing at Gold Beach, the British 50th Infantry Division was soon at the gates of Bayeux, and took control of the town on the morning of June 7th. Its objective was also to seize Arromanches, making ready for the installation of the future artificial (Mulberry) harbour and linking up with Canadian troops, who had landed at Juno Beach. This mission would be accomplished on the evening of the 6th.

The Mulberries, Arromanches

The principle of the Mulberries, or artificial harbours, was to land vehicles and supplies very rapidly by using quays protected by a line of concrete caissons, until such time as the continental ports were captured.

 

In 100 days, 220,000 soldiers, 530,000 tonnes of supplies and 39,000 vehicles were landed...

In 100 days, 220,000 soldiers, 530,000 tonnes of supplies and 39,000 vehicles were landed at “Port Winston”. This was of crucial importance because Allied troops needed all their means of combat to fend off a German counterattack.

 

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