Arromanches beach

Arromanches beach

Arromanches, a beach on the English Channel in northeastern France shown in this panoramic photo, played a critical role during the days following the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy when Allied forces began the drive to liberate Europe from the control of Nazi Germany. While the majority of the battles took place on neighboring beaches (code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword), Arromanches saw little fighting. Instead, it was the site that Allied forces targeted for construction of an artificial harbor (known as a Mulberry harbor) to use for resupplying troops instead of having to capture and liberate an existing harbour. Allied forces manufactured sections of the harbour (some of which can still be seen on the horizon) in England and floated them across the channel into position.