"Arromanches-les-Bains" Arromanches-les-Bains by ranger49

Arromanches-les-Bains Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 108 photos

A Place of Remembrance

I have visited this village many times during the last 25 years - in all seasons of the year. It lies beside the Landing beach, Code Name Gold, where the British secretly built the floating, artificial Mulberry Harbour.
This extraordinary, technical construction was achieved under the eyes of the occupying Nazi troops.
It made possible the mass landing of British and allied troops, tons of equipment and supplies on June 6 1944, needed to support the Allied airborne forces who were parachuted onto the beaches east and west on the Landing point of Operation Overlord.

The weather was not propitious that June day.

The Operation was planned to take place in June when it was thought that the weather would be at its best for the daring, dangerous planned manoeuvres.
But in the event fierce summer storms blew up and thousands of lives were lost.
Those who survived the landings on the five beaches formed a bridgehead which covered 50 miles of the coast and resulted in the regaining of Chebourg in operation "Objectiv un port." As other strategic cities were liberated by British,Canadian and Polish allies in the north, the Americans under Patton together with Free French Forces coming from the south cut off and defeated a large section of the German army. By August 24th Paris was liberated.
These victories were to be a turning point in the war against Nazism and fascism in Europe.

Remembering those who served and fell.

For 65 years people have travelled from all over the world to this small village to see the place where courageous young men - and women in non-combatant roles - personnel in operations, supples, medical care - fought for peace and Justice.
Every year on the Anniversary of the Landings moving ceremonies are held on June 6th. in Place du Juin 6
In recent years representatives of both the Allied Command and the Axis forces have attended.

  • Last visit to Arromanches-les-Bains: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated Jun 26, 2010
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    Oct 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Another visit to this interesting page showcasing important museums, etc. and I hope people will visit them. I still remember our 1985 visit where we saw Omaha Beach and the US cemetery. It was incredibly emotional. Two Canadians on our tour who had lost their brother during that fateful time made a side trip to visit the beach where Canadians landed. I continue to remain very interested in all the documentaries made on the D-Day landings and WWII history in general.

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    Oct 24, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    An interesting page, I especially like the sound of the round Theatre.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    We visited this area in the mid-1980's including Omaha & Utah beaches. Very moving, but even more so after seeing "Saving Private Ryan."

  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    An excellent page. We had a very nice long weeekend in Normandy this Summer. definately a place to go back to.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    The maintainance & upkeep of these war museums is so commendable. When we visited Changi Museum in Singapore I was totally overwhelmed. Good page, Barbara.

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Last time I was there was 1989 and I have a great photo of my daughter running on the beach at 18 months old with her shoes on as she hated the feel of the sand.

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