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The British 50th Northumbrian Division, commanded by Major-General Graham, landed on Gold Beach on D-Day. By the evening, they were on the outskirts of Bayeux, and liberated the town the next day.

D-Day 79th: The “International event” and commemoration of D-Day will take place on June 6th at the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer.

The 50th Northumbrian Division landed on Gold Beach and liaised with the Canadians on their left by the evening of D-Day, by which time they were also on the outskirts of Bayeux, liberating the town the next day. Arromanches-les-Bains itself was liberated from inland in order to preserve it for the Royal Engineers, who began the first clearances in anticipation of the arrival in towed pieces of a huge ‘artificial’ or prefabricated port known as a ‘Mulberry.’ Casualties had been minimal in a process involving over 25,000 men!

Débarquement dans le secteur de Gold Beach - Archives D-Day


The idea behind the Mulberries was to create two tide-free sheltered harbours for the delivery of war material. This would obviate the need to capture a pre-existing harbour – like Dieppe – from the sea. All the elements would be prefabricated in the UK and towed across the English Channel after D-Day. Come 31 October, by which time Cherbourg and Le Havre had been rebuilt for use by shipping – over 600,000 tons of stores, a third of the British total, 220,000 troops, a quarter of all British personnel, and 40,000 vehicles, nearly a fifth of the total, had been unloaded at Arromanches. For the United States, it was a different story…

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