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