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The old casino on the seafront in Arromanches-les-Bains, now abandoned.

Arromanches-les-Bains (or, simply Arromanches) is a commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region in north-western France. It is located on the coast (approximately 25 kilometres north-west of Caen) in the heart of the area where the Normandy landings took place on D-Day, on 6 June 1944.

The town lies along the stretch of coastline designated as Gold Beach during the D-Day landings, one of the beaches used by British troops in the Allied invasion. Arromanches was selected as one of the sites for two Mulberry Harbours built on the Normandy coast and used to off-load men and equipment shipped across the English Channel from the United Kingdom. Sections of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches still remain today with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand, and more can be seen further out at sea.

Today Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the battle sites and War Cemeteries, there is also a museum with information about Operation Overlord, the military code name for the D-Day landings, and in particular, the Mulberry harbours.

The above was taken from Wikipedea. For more information about the Mulberry Harbours, follow the link here.

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