Gold Beach

From Ver-Sur-Mer To Arromanches, 6 June 1944

Philippe Bauduin, Jean-Charles Stasi

Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9782840485469
Pages : 140
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Of D-Day, everybody remembers the American paratroopers dropping over Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the bloodbath at Omaha Beach, the heroic capture of the Point du Hoc, or again the 177 French Commandoes landing at Ouistreham. What everybody forgets was that in the middle of this front, there was a sector, Gold Beach, where the Allied offensive turned out to be particularly effective, so much so that by the evening of 6 June the 25 000 British soldiers who set foot on the beaches at Asnelles and Ver-sur-mer had reached their objectives, in particular the control of the Caen-Bayeux road and liberated Bayeux the next day.

But Gold Beach was also the story of the technical expertise resulting in the building of the artificial port at Arromanches and changing Port-en-Bessin into a “petrol station” supplying the whole of the Allied armada. It was in the Gold Beach sector that Sergeant Stan Hallis earned his Victoria Cross (the highest British military award) in recompense for his acts of bravery, the only one awarded in Normandy. It was for all these reasons that the British Government chose Gold Beach and in particular the village of Ver-sur-Mer to set up the Memorial bearing the names of some 21 000 United Kingdom soldiers killed on D-Day or during the Battle of Normandy. A book was therefore needed for Gold Beach to obtain a rightful place of its own in history among the five landing beaches.

Thanks to the exceptional documentation gathered over more than half a century by Philippe Bauduin, a recognized specialist of D-Day, born in Ver-sur-mer, this richly illustrated book reminds you of what was at stake in this sector of D-Day, and tells the story of what happened there, nearest the participants. After the success of Jour-J, ce qu’on ne vous a pas raconté, les secrets du Débarquement, published in 2016, Philippe Bauduin and Jean-Charles continue their work together with this most recent book devoted to 6 June 1944.


"...this compelling little book provides an exceptionally clear and concise account of the British landing on Gold Beach on D Day Profusely illustrated with superb then and now photographs, most previously unpublished, and full colour photographs of badges and insignia, weaponry and equipment and with excellent maps, this little book gives the general reader a real grasp of the Gold Beach landings and would be especially suited to young battlefield tourists. Although much has been written on the D Day landings this is one of the very best primers I have seen and it is to be hoped the authors may produce individual companion volumes for the other four landing beaches in due course. Highly recommended.’’

- Military Historical Society

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