Arromanches lies along the stretch of coastline designated as Gold Beach during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, one of the beaches used by British troops in the Allied invasion.
Museum of Disembarkment – Arromanches, France. The Museum is dedicated to the history of the artificial harbours and contains scale models of the same.
The Arromanches Shoreline
Historical Data of War to be opened 6/6/2044.
Looking back at the Beach and up to the Cemetery.
The Memorial consists of a semi-circular colonnade. Centered in the open arc of the memorial facing toward the graves is a 22-foot bronze statue, “The Spirit of the American Youth Rising from the Waves.”
The Chapel in the graves area, On entering the chapel, one’s attention is drawn to the altar of black and gold marble and the inscription: “I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish,” engraved across its front.
The Garden of the Missing is located behind the memorial structure. Its circular wall contains the names engraved on stone tables of the 1,557 missing in the region who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Looking back from the Cemetery to the Beach.
The American Cemetery at Colleville Saint Laurent. 9,386 Americans are buried in this Cemetery. Most graves are dated during the summer of 1944.
Pointe du Hoc Federal Monument is located on a cliff 8 miles west of the Cemetery. This monument was erected by France and turned over to the American government in 1979. This 30-acre battle-scarred area remains much as it was left on June 8, 1944.
Point du Hoc. This area is an example of one of the unnecessary disasters for the Americans during the war because the Point was not as important as spies had reported. Many bunkers were empty and the ammunition had been moved.
The remains today of the German Bunkers after bombing.
The Normandy Coastline today.