D-Day Landings: Gold Beach

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2011-06-08
  • Publisher: The History Press
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On June 6, 1944, 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division spearheaded the British landing at Gold Beach, near the coastal resort of Arromanches. Despite the poor weather conditions, the assault troops overcame determined opposition to establish a beachhead and win the only Victoria Cross awarded on D-Day. By the next day Gold Beach was in full use as a reception and dispersal site, with all four brigades of 50th Division and numerous supporting units ashore and driving inland. Starting with analysis of the two sides and their plans, Simon Trew describes the battle for Gold Beach and how British attempts to exploit their initial success were frustrated by bitter German resistance. Four detailed battlefield tours follow, covering some of the most dramatic actions fought by 50th Division and its attached units during the opening stages of one of the most important battles in history.

Author Biography

Simon Trew is Deputy Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is the series editor for this series Battlezone Normandy, and recently presented the BBC's anniversary programs on the D-Day Landings.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Battle Zone Normandyp. 8
Historyp. 11
The Defendersp. 12
The Attackersp. 30
D-Day: The Assaultp. 47
The Advance Inlandp. 67
Consolidationp. 86
Battlefield Toursp. 103
General Touring Informationp. 104
King Sector, Ver-sur-Mer and Créponp. 114
Jig Sector to Arromanchesp. 132
47 Commando, Escures to Port-en-Bessinp. 150
Saint-Pierrep. 168
On Your Returnp. 186
Further Researchp. 187
Indexp. 190
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