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Wn72 part of the group StP Vierville covering Vierville-sur-Mer and the D1 draw or valley running inland and the easiest way off the beach. The Germans defended this beach with its three Wn's, an 8.8cm Pak 43/41. One of the most powerful guns at the time and many many machine guns. When the Americans tried to land here, the inevitable happened. The German defence plan started to work from the moment the Infantry Landing Craft ramps came down and a withering fire came off the two Wn's 71 and 72 from the cliffs above. The range was ideal for the MG34's & 42's and closer in a French Mitrailleuse Mle 31. By mid morning the Germans were winning the war, Americans that made the beach could not fight due to casualties in officers and NCO's and their weapons were full of sand and return fire was small in number. Then tanks started to land, first DD tanks, a few managed to swim ashore and then others were beached directly onto the sand. The tank fire added to the ships firing directly onto the cliffs. General Cota working his way around the flank and rear, cleared the back of the defence. So here D-Day very nearly failed, but due to continual pressure from the Americans and the total lack of German reserves to cover casualties, the Germans lost. Casualties on both sides, disastrous probably the same in percentage.

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Mitrailleuse Mle 31.

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Pre WW2

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This is how tranquil Vierville-sur-Mer was prior to WW2.

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Pre WW2

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This is an early air photo of the area of Wn72.

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After D-Day

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StP Vierville

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This German map shows where Wn72 sits with 71 & 73..

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Rommel visited.

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After D-Day

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Wn72 after the battle had calmed down.

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Part of 11.Grenadier-Regiment 726. (CP: Château - de Jucoville).
1 x 677 casemate.
1 x SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.
1 x Vf/MG Stand.
1 x Tobruk Pz.T.FT17 (turret may not have been fitted?).
1 x 8.8cm Pak 43/41.
1 x 5cm KwK L/ 42.
1 x 5cm Mortar in field position.

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8.8cm Pak 43/41.

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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R677 casemate.

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After D-Day

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Bigot Map

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This is a Bigot assault map showing what the Allied Military Intelligence thought what was there in April 1944. This is the interesting point, all the arrows that show the guns firing forward when actually most of the weapons were firing up and down the beach.

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Intelligence Map April 1944.

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Bigot Map detail.

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Maj. Robert F. Evans G2, is the senior Intelligence officer for the 1st division.

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Maj. Gen. Huebner, the boss of the 1st Inf. Div. "The Big Red One".

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Maj. Gen. Huebner, the boss of the 1st Inf. Div. "The Big Red One".

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11 October 2018

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Looking strait into Wn72 with its 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate above and the SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate for a 5cm KwK L/42 below. Up on the cliff were a double MG stand.

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Double MG stand situated behind the house with the three windows in its roof. Far left.

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R677 with its 8.8cm Pak 43/41.

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Doppelschartenstand further down the coast.

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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The casemate with many memorials supplanted on it.

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8.8cm Pak 43/41.

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8.8cm Pak ammunition.

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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This shows how very low down this casemate is and how hard it must have been to see from the sea, but they did.

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1944 Report on Bombing Of Invasion Coast Defences On D-Day

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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This picture shows the way the casemate was built into an old hotel and leaving some of the building added to its camouflage. This picture must have been just after capture as there is so much rubble around.

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Parts of the hotel.

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Parts of the hotel.

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R677 from behind.

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June 1944

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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The gun still in place today and the stepped flanking wall covering the gun from direct fire from the sea. This is the image we are used too after it was cleaned up.

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24 September 2009

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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The 8.8cm Pak 43/41 inside its casemate.

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Ammunition.

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Crew.

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24 September 2009

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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Some shells managed to hit home and took this casemate out.

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Later 1944

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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The view down the beach. The brackets fitted to the barrel are for attaching an MG42. The idea is to fire a tracer round aligned with the range of the gun. Fire the MG42 and if the tracer hits the target you then fire the main gun. Thus knowing that you will hit with the first round.

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The two 8.8cm guns on Omaha Beach. Wn72 left and Wn61 on the right.

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MG42.

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Tracer round.

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06 October 2013

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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Details of the 8.8cm Pak 43/41 ranges. Anything afloat would be damaged badly.

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Damaged shipping.

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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Shooting range.

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June 1944

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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The view from behind at the rear of the R677 and I have added in the anti-tank wall that was placed across the road. This wall was blown by the advancing Americans and to their luck, it did not have any steel reinforcement. So it just disintegrated when the charge was fired.

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Part of the blown tank wall.

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Anti-tank wall.

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Anti-tank wall with barbed wire on the top.

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R677 8.8cm Pak 43/41 casemate

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A post action photo, placed in a Secret file.
Note the chespale fencing used as a roadway surface. The sign showing D-1-Exit still there and reels of more tracking.

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06 October 2013

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R677 and SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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06 October 2013

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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A casemate for a 5cm KwK L/42. The gun sits in the middle of the casemate and it has two embrasures either side and has its seaward side closed off. Two flanking walls also cover the embrasures. All these casemates seem to be of slightly different designs but show the same characteristics.

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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5cm L/42.

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5cm L/42.

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06 October 2013

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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This is the eastern facing embrasure, I have added the right side flanking wall.

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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The eastern embrasure with the gun still in place and you can just see through the western embrasure.

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This is a /Doppelschartenstand casemate very like this one showing the arcs of fire..

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Swamped Sherman on the beach.

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Inside Wn93 Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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Inside Wn93 further along the coast, you can see where the ready ammunition space I the niche where the guns barrel can swivel through 360°.

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1944 Report on Bombing Of Invasion Coast Defences On D-Day

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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Another view of the eastern embrasure.

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06 October 2013

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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The view down onto the roof.

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11 October 2018

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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This was the western embrasure. Now used as a small garage.

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24 September 2009

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SK/Doppelschartenstand casemate.

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The embrasure marked out.

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Tobruk FT

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This is a Tobruk with what should have been an FT tank turret. The base or turret ring is in place and a centre post was in place to hold a French

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Mitrailleuse JM MAC Mle 1931, this is a twin mount in the Maginot Line.

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Round magazines for the machine gun.

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FT turret.

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Tobruk FT

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Under the concrete slab is the turret ring of an FT turret.

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FT tank turret.

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FT turret.

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Tobruk with a JM MAC Mle 1931 machine gun.

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Tobruk FT

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The Tobruk with a small vertical wall covering the seaward side, the machine gun a French model could fire up and down the beach. The French machine gun was designed as a heavy machine gun. It could fire sustained fire for a long time. Barrels can be changed easily and cooled by placing in a pot of water. This is what the French did on in the Maginot forts.

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Maginot JM MAC Mle 1931 water cooling tank for hot barrels.

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Magazines.

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Vf/MG Stand.

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Up on the hill is a double machine gun embrasure that could fire down on the most important parts of the beach and it did. At least two MG42's and a handful of riflemen. That is all that was needed.

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Vf/MG Stand.

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Wn67 Vf/MG Stand.

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Vf/MG Stand.

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This is one of the Vf/MG Stand's on the opposite cliff in Wn71.

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Vf/MG Stand another view Wn71 opposite.

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Wn67 Vf/MG Stand.

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The Tobruk entrance into the Vf/MG Stand Wn67.

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Mickhael Akkeman

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A drawing of Vf/MG Stand here by Mickhael Akkeman. He has a You Tube video about why he has drawn it.
Unteroffizier (Corporal) Henrik Naube of the 325th Inf. Div. and nine other men held this position.

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Later June 1944

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DUKW's and lorries unloading.

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DUKW.

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Deuce & a Half.

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Map

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Beach assembly areas for the build up to start. Roads (tracks) were laid from the beach exits to the fields for DUKW's and lorries to unload.

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DUKW's coming ashore.

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Trucks queuing to load from a dried out ship.

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Truck convoy.

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On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the fifth U.S. Army Ranger Battalion
landed on Omaha Beach near Vierville-sur-Mer under intense
enemy fire. Responding to Brigadier General Cota's historic
order, "Lead the way Rangers" the fifth Ranger Battalion,
with A-B- and C companies of the 2nd Ranger Battalion,
advanced against strongly defended enemy fortifications
manned by General Rommel's toughest troops. The Ranger
breakthrough opened the breach allowing troops of the 29th
Infantry Division to pour through and thus paved the way
for the Liberation of France.

Dedicated to our fallen by the Ranger Battalions
Assoc. WWII, the Citizens of Normandy and the
5th Ranger Battalion. 6 June 1944

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5th Rangers loading at Weymouth, England.

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A Ranger.

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American Mulberry Harbour

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Intermediate Pier head Pontoon of the American Mulberry Harbour. Built in Britain somewhere along an inlet of the coast, these pieces were assembled all. There are many places all around the coast where you can see remains of their building.

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A Phoenix rising and about to be towed to out to France.

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Intermediate Pier head Pontoon under construction somewhere in Britain.

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All along this river bank are at least eight large pieces of Mulberry Harbour under construction.

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American Mulberry Harbour

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This is where the bits and pieces were stored and then brought to Normandy.

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Pier Link under tow..

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Pier Head Link and Spud Pontoon..

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Gooseberry sunk to protect the harbours..

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June 1944

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American Mulberry Harbour

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Before the storm this is Vierville and the Mulberry.

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Beetle.

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Tanks running ashore.

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June 1944

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American Mulberry Harbour

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After the storm.

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06 June 1944

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