(half-day tour, British sector)
Located in the center of the assault area, Gold Beach represented the linchpin to a successful linkup between the Anglo-Candian forces and their American counterparts. At Ver and Asnelles one can still see the battle scars left on the German fortifications tasked with defending 'King' and 'Jig' sectors on D-DAY, as well as a myriad of monuments honouring the various units serving with the 50th Northumbrian Div.
ARROMANCHES AND 'MULBERRY B'
One of two artificial harbours assembled at
Normandy after D-Day, ‘Mulberry B’ represented a masterpiece of engineering. The visible remnants of its breakwaters testify to that. Statistics show that thanks to the floating piers of the British port, 25% of the stores, 20% of the personnel and 15% of the vehicles brought to Normandy in the course of the entire campaign came through Arromanches.
LONGUES SUR MER BATTERY
This site represents one of the very few examples of German coastal battery to have preserved its original WWII guns. Typical strongpoint of the vaunted Atlantic Wall, WN 48 is today a historic monument which has been depicted in several documentaries as well as in the critically acclaimed movie 'The longest day'.
BRITISH NORMANDY MEMORIAL
Located on the ridge overlooking 'King' sector of Gold Beach, the memorial was designed by the British architect Liam O’Connor and dedicated in 2021. It commemorates the 22,442 men and women who served under British command during the Battle of Normandy.
BAYEUX BRITISH CEMETERY
Largest WWII Commonwealth cemetery in France, Bayeux War Cemetery contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials, 338 of them unidentified. Just opposite the cemetery stands the Memorial which bears the names of more than 1,800 men of the Commonwealth forces who died in the early stages of Overlord and have no known grave.