Skip to comments.Mulberry harbour built off Normandy after D-Day uncovered on the seabed 69 years later
Posted on 03/23/2013 2:21:03 PM PDT by the scotsman
'These ghostly images reveal the forgotten harbour built off the coast of Normandy that for six months after D-Day became the world's busiest docks.
British scientists have found the remnants of Mulberry B on the Channel seabed, which allowed the Allies to land troops, vehicles and equipment on French soil without having to capture a port first.
The makeshift harbour, nicknamed Port Winston because it was the brainchild of Churchill, was the size of Dover and is considered to be one of the greatest military achievements of all time.
Its development was even described by Albert Speer - Hitler's architect and armaments minister - as 'genius'.
It allowed 220,000 men, 50,000 vehicles and 600,000 tones of supplies to be landed in France and undoubtedly helped win the war.
Experts from the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), which is part of the Ministry of Defence, have found that its structure still remains remarkably intact just months before the 69th anniversary of its construction.
They fired a 'multi-beam echo sounder' at the sea bed off Arromanches Sur Mer and the 3D images it produced show that large sunken 'beetles', which supported floating roadways, can be found at a depth of five metres.
There are also large chunks of breakwater structures. which protected it from storms.
'It was amazing to discover how much remained despite being pounded by the sea for all those years,' said Chris Howlett, who was leading the UKHO research.'
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One of my all time favorites, as well.
Thanks, and it was my pleasure!
I guess we will find out those things in our next major war, after we learn Chinese.
I know what you mean. Women in the front lines will be a disaster. However, don't sell your sisters short. Look at all they did on the home front in WW2. Remember Rosie the Riveter.
Rosie the Riveter was not the great success story that it was portrayed as for propaganda reasons, and common sense alone would indicate that the reality was probably a little less than what we pretended it to be, after all, do we really think that little of our skilled factory men of the time, that women could just walk in off the street and poof! be equal to, or even superior to, the actual skilled factory workers, with their superior skill and strength, and aptitude and years in the field?
No women in the first wave, period, that’s the muscle part of the deal. Second wave, sure, the gals can shoot as good as us guys, seen them pick the lid off a jug of antifreeze at 100 yards with a .22 Ruger rifle. Yay gun gals!
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Thanks the scotsman.
And they still have watchdogs stealing potentially embarassing McCarthy documents right out of the national archives.
I grew up with a section of Mulberry Harbour parked just down the road from where we lived in Portsmouth. For some reason it never made it across the Channel, and was left high and dry in Langstone Harbour about 50 yards offshore. Made a great fishing platform.
Nice to know that at least one person shares my opinion of FDR. sd
The British public saw the Tories as the party who failed to keep us out of a world war. It was more that than any dislike for Churchill.
Also Labour’s 1945 manifesto promised a ‘new Jerusalem’, with a health service, new housing, increased wages, all of which seemed wonderful to people whose lives and houses had been literally shattered by six years of war.
I can fully understand why people thought they would be better to lead Britain postwar.
The story is the Americans built it much quicker, BUT because they had only secured every sixth bolt. Whilst the British secured everything.
McCarthy was a bull in a china shop, and whilst there WERE as now know many communists in high places, McCarthy’s campaign ended up being the best thing the Communists could have hoped for, as his campaign was so blundering that people accused became figures of sympathy and considered innocent just by virtue of being accused.
I doubt he was getting Venona intel.
There were communists in high places, but frankly McCarthy was a fool, and the recent move to make him a sage and hero is ridiculous. His stupidity and blundering HARMED the anticommunist cause, and HELPED communist infiltration of America.
The real American heroes are the men and women of the FBI and other agencies who hunted down and arrested sleepers and spies. Not a blundering idiot from Wisconsin.
Whether the story is true, I dont know.
That is true, of course. Labour was doing what socialists have done at all times. Nowadays, though, there is no excuse for their despicable statue of Churchill in a straitjacket.
Straitjacket?. What ARE you talking about?.
Right, I googled what you said.
Its a statue of him by a mental health charity made to highlight mental illness. Churchill himself suffered from depression. The statue was up for a month, then taken down.
Actually after public complaints, it was taken down after just a few days. I can see why people complained, I can see why others thought it was a clever and intelligent way to highlight mental illness.
You could not be more wrong, in my opinion and you and I will differ on this, The Scotsman.
What happened to the public perception of McCarthy was not due to his actions, except in a few rare cases, but was instead a full out assault by the media and the liberals on him, and that is a fact.
It should be an educational tool used today, to illuminate how the left and the media smear anyone who gets in their way af achieving their liberal utopia. What they did to McCarthy worked, and what they do to conservatives, works.
It is like Charlie Brown kicking the football that is constantly pulled away by Lucy. yet still we do it.
If McCarthy was blundering and insensitive...who was going to do the job of getting into the public eye? Was it going to be Tidings? Ha. no, his job was to protect himself then his office then the presidency, and lastly, his country. Was it going to be someone like Lodge? Fat chance. McCarthy was the only one with enough stones to do it.
If we were infested with actual Soviet communist agents, communist wanna-be’s and outright communist sympathizers at all layers of our government, right up to and including the VP Wallace, I am far more concerned with THAT fact historically than the fact that the NYT wanted to paint McCarthy as a fool and a racist for persistently questioning Annie Lee Moss. (I choose HER as an example, because she is the one most ignorant people toss out as an example of his carelessness and treatment of people who appeared in front of him, treated her as his typical victim, plucked from their happy American life and thrown down amongst the carcasses, skull and empty rib cases int the arena in front of his table for no reason at all.
Yes. We will disagree on this.
One only has to read the prologue the the book “Blacklisted by History” (Written, by the way. by someone who was THERE when all this was going down, and used independent research to reach his conclusions, not like the vast majority who used large circular references to cover themselves)
This guy talks about going to retrieve a file that should contain one of the most important documents of the entire fight: The Klaus document, which started the whole thing.
Thing is, there are two major sites where the document SHOULD be, but is missing. One copy of this document should been found in the legislative archive of the Tydings panel. According to documentation and records, it should be there, but it isn’t. And according to the author, the other place where this memo ought to be’s and the papers of Sam Klaus which should be in another area of the archives. But it isn’t. There’s a note that says it was withdrawn in 1993, but nothing indicating who took it or why they took it.
And now it’s gone. According to the author who has done considerable and intensive first-person research (in comparison to his detractors who prefer to take the words of known Communists and government officials aiding them at their word as the gospel truth) notes that in his travels through the dark seamy undergrounds of official documentation, there are dozens and dozens of places where important documents should be found, only to discover upon physical examination “the material being searched for and was once enclosed has been stripped from the coversheet leaving small wads of paper beneath the staples that held the documents together.”
But when you look at these, you’ll at least have an indication that there was indeed something there. The cover sheets for the documents are still there signed by people like Dean Atcheson, but the documents to cover sheets refer to are long gone leaving the previously mentioned wads of paper stuck between the Staples.
And then of course, one of the most documents of all (important to the people who are trying to destroy McCarthy, not to people who were curious as to the extent of communist infiltration of our government) was a letter from Joseph McCarthy to Millard Tydings listing the names of 80 loyalty or security suspects whom he had previously openly cited in the Senate. This particular document or part of an official proceeding of the Senate, we know they were provided according to the author, but they are gone. There’s no explanation, nothing. Just gone. It wasn’t as if somebody had gone in under official auspices logged out the document under their name, remove the document with an appropriate official explanation, and so on. This was someone who obviously who had access to the documentation and just did it.
Even more interestingly, Joseph McCarthy’s famous speech in Wheeling West Virginia has become a thing of legend. When the researcher attempted to get a copy of the newspaper article from the day after Joseph McCarthy speech, he examined what he called “the morgue” of articles and he found that the newspaper had changed. They no longer had newspaper articles back to before and including the 1950s. They were all now on microfilm. That didn’t seem to present too much of a problem, so he went to where the microphones were stored and he found historical documents of the paper dating up to December 1949 before stopping cold. The sequence then inexplicably resumed in March 1950.
Most interesting. That happens to be exactly a timeframe the McCarthy articles were in. Funny It is almost as if “someone” were trying to make McCarthy become an “un-person”. Hmm. I wonder who would be trying to do such a thing?