The GOLD BEACH section of the museum commemorates the historic landings carried out by 69 brigade of 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division on the morning of 6th June 1944. You will also find here displays commemorating the vital intelligence–gathering work prior to the invasion and the aerodrome B–3, constructed in early June by British engineers between Ver and St–Croix.
The objectives at Gold were to secure a beachhead, move west to capture Arromanches and establish contact with the American forces at Omaha, capture Bayeux and the small port at Port-en-Bessin, and to link up with the Canadian forces at Juno to the east.
Forces attacking Gold faced elements of the German 352nd Infantry Division and German 716th Infantry Division. On the western flank, the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment captured Arromanches (future site of one of the artificial Mulberry harbours), and 69th Infantry Brigade on the eastern flank made contact with the Canadian forces at Juno. Due to stiff resistance from the German 352nd Infantry Division, Bayeux was not captured until the next day. British casualties at Gold are estimated at 1,000 – 1,100. German casualties are unknown.
Duration of the visit: from 1hour
Parking lot for light vehicles near the museum.
Guided visits by appointment available.
Adults : 4.50 €
Children (5-15 years old) : 2.00 €
Children under 5 : Free
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