We forget what we owe Winston. And of course, the socialists in all countries pi** on his memory.
They all need to go.
Incredible engineering and execution. It could have all gone wrong, and tens of thousands of allies would have perished in quick order.
God only knows how much larger and faster built it would have been if half of the men creating it, had been replaced with females.
I guess we will find out those things in our next major war, after we learn Chinese.
The Seabees built “A” and it was completed before “B”. I’ve read that typical American attitude was build it fast, get the job done then throw it away.
I wonder if any of it is on the seabed.
An engineering masterpiece. So was PLUTO. Pipeline Under the Ocean. 6” lines prefabricated and coiled then spooled off across the channel for petroleum products. Fuel kept everything rolling of course.
The very idea of high pressure piston pumps moving gasoline is not common even today. Centrifugals are most commonly used as they are safer.
Very cool. Arromanches (Gold Beach) was one of the stops we made on the tour of D-Day landing beaches I took in May 2006. Wish I could go back.
One of dozens of elderly warships and freighters that were to be scuttled off the beachheads to help break up the wave action so that it wouldn't wreck the artificial harbors, Centurion had been decommissioned in the 1920's as part of the Washington Naval Treaty and turned into a target ship. She served in the Mediterranean for most of the war, armed with fake 13.5-inch guns, to keep the Italian Navy from launching a battleship raid on Alexandria Harbor in Egypt.
As their small caretaker crews maneuvered them into position, the thirteen freighters scheduled to be scuttled off Omaha Beach came under fire from the field artillery batteries of the German 352d Division. The German gunners were jubilant when their shells seemed to be sinking Allied freighters left and right. Then the Centurion came steaming in and they knew they were going to be in for a tough fight. They'd only fired a couple of salvos at the massive battleship when it was suddenly rocked by a series of explosions and began settling in the water.
The German military proudly announced that they'd sunk a British battleship, which sank so quickly that only "seventy men were able to escape", never realizing that there were only seventy men onboard in the first place.
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.