Gold Beach was the Allied codename for the centre invasion landing area during the World War II Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Nazi Germany and the Third Reich are the common English names for Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Lieutenant-General Gerard Corfield Bucknall, CB, MC (1894 – 1980 was a British Army officer and Corps commander during World War II Major General Douglas Alexander Henry Graham CB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, DL (26 March 1893 &ndash 28 September A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including The Allies of World War II were the countries officially opposed to the Axis powers during the Second World War. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. It lay between Omaha Beach (US forces) and Juno Beach (Canadian). Omaha Beach was the Code name for one of the principal landing points of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings The landing area was 8 km wide and covered four sectors of the Normandy beach; from West to East they were Item, Jig, King, and Love.
The primary objective of the forces landing at Gold beach was to seize the town of Bayeux, the Caen-Bayeux road, and the port of Arromanches with the secondary objectives being to make contact with the Americans landing at Omaha to the West and the Canadians landing at Juno to the East. Bayeux (bajø is a commune in the Calvados département, in Normandy in northwestern France. Caen (kɑ̃ is a commune in northwestern France. It is the Prefecture of the Calvados department and the capital of the Bayeux (bajø is a commune in the Calvados département, in Normandy in northwestern France. Arromanches-les-Bains (or simply Arromanches) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region 
The task of landing at Gold Beach was given to the British 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division commanded by Major General D.A.H. Graham and the British 8th Armoured Brigade of the British 2nd Army under Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey. The 50th (Northumbrian Infantry Division was a 1st Line Territorial Army division during the Second World War. Major General or Major-General is a Military rank used in many countries Major General Douglas Alexander Henry Graham CB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC, DL (26 March 1893 &ndash 28 September The 8th Armoured Brigade was a Second World War British Army brigade formed in August 1941 from the redesigantion of 6th Cavalry Brigade when the The British Second Army existed in both the First and Second World Wars World War I During World War I, the army was formed on Lieutenant General is a Military rank used in many countries The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages where the title of Lieutenant General was held by the
The beach was to be assaulted by multiple brigades of the 50th Infantry Division; on the West was the 231st Brigade, followed by the 56th Brigade, attached to this was a regiment of DD tanks from the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, the infantry assault battalions that attacked in the West were; the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment, and the 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. History The 231st Infantry Brigade was a Second World War British Army unit originally formed from the 1st Malta Brigade. The British Army 's 56th Infantry Brigade was originally a Kitchener's Army brigade within 19th (Western Division during the First World War DD tanks (for D uplex D rive but nicknamed Donald Duck-tanks were amphibious swimming Tanks developed during the The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (SRY is one of the five squadrons of the Royal Yeomanry (RY an armoured regiment of the Territorial Army. The Royal Hampshire Regiment is a former British Army line infantry regiment who trace their origins back to 1702 The Dorset Regiment was an Infantry Regiment of the British Army. On the East the 69th were followed by the 151st Infantry Brigade. The 69th Infantry Brigade was a World War II British Army formation Again a regiment of DD tanks was attached - from the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards. The 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1922 to 1992. The infantry assault battalions that attacked in the East were; the 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, and the 6th Battalion The Green Howards. The East Yorkshire Regiment was an Infantry Regiment of the line in the British Army, first raised in 1685 The Green Howards (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment was an Infantry Regiment of the British Army, part of the King's Division
The German 716th Infantry Division commanded by Generalleutnant Wilhelm Richter, and elements of the 1st Battalion of the German 352nd Division commanded by Generalleutnant Dietrich Kraiss, defended the Channel coast for the Germans. The 716th Static Infantry Division was raised in May 1941 for occupation duties in France Please see " General " for other countries which use this rank General (genəˈraːl is presently the highest rank The 352nd Infantry Division ( 352 Infanterie-Division) was an Infantry division of the German Wehrmacht during World War II. Please see " General " for other countries which use this rank General (genəˈraːl is presently the highest rank
The bombardment of Gold Beach started at 05:45.
H-Hour for the Gold beach landing was set for 07:30. Landing started earlier at 07:25.
DD tanks were launched close in because of the heavy seas; up to 700 yards rather than the planned 7,000 yards. A dozen or so tanks were sunk before landing. Heavy initial resistance was reported. However after the British broke through the German lines, casualties began to drop off leaving the final death toll at 400.
By midnight on the evening of June 6, 1944 the British forces had landed 24,970 men on Gold Beach, and had penetrated six miles into occupied France. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. They fulfilled one of their secondary objectives by meeting up with the Canadians who had landed at Juno Beach but failed in their primary objective of reaching the Caen-Bayeux road and in their secondary objective of meeting the Americans from Omaha Beach. However they had established a foothold into "Fortress Europa" that would ultimately be a stepping stone to victory.
The beaches of D-Day are still known by their invasion codenames today. D-Day may also refer to Decimal Day in the United Kingdom. D-Day is a term often used in Military parlance to denote
Some pictures of modern day Arromanches-les-Bains (Gold Beach). Arromanches-les-Bains (or simply Arromanches) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region