Inaugurated on June 6, 2000 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Edinburgh, the monument pays tribute to the British crews of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines during the landing operations on June 6, 1944.
French panel text:
From June 2 to 6, 1944, ten British submariners, under the command of Lieutenants George Honour and Ken Hudspeth, aboard two micro submarines, the X23 and X20, took up positions opposite Ouistreham Riva-Bella and Asnelles (Le Hamel).
Their mission: to buoy the eastern and western beaches of the Anglo-Canadian landing sectors.
Despite unfavorable weather conditions and the postponement from June 5 to June 6 of Operation Neptune followed by Operation Everford, and after 60 hours of diving, their mission was a success, and made an undeniable contribution to the success of the landing.
"Surfacing again, we picked up the message triggering the operation. We were surprised, as the weather was just as bad as the day before. But all in all we were satisfied because we didn't know how much oxygen we had left and we were afraid our supply would run out before disembarkation. On the morning ofJune 6 we surfaced at 5:00 am, adjusted our light signals and waited for the invasion. Coming up through the hatch and looking out to sea, we could see nothing but ships. Then the allied bombardments began. Shells passed over our heads trying to destroy the batteries on the coast.
We were particularly happy to be back in England safe and sound especially as, looking up the meaning of the word GAMBIT in the dictionary, we had learned that it meant "the sacrifice of a pawn in chess".