Port artificiel d’Arromanches (Mulberry)

The Port artificiel d’Arromanches, commonly known as the Mulberry Harbour, is a remarkable engineering feat constructed by the Allies during World War II. Situated off the coast of Arromanches-les-Bains in Normandy, France, it played a pivotal role in the success of the D-Day landings and subsequent Allied operations.

Built in the aftermath of the Normandy landings in June 1944, the Mulberry Harbour served as an artificial port, providing vital logistical support for the Allied invasion of German-occupied France. Its innovative design allowed for the rapid unloading of troops, vehicles, and supplies, despite the absence of established harbors along the heavily fortified coastline.

Consisting of floating concrete caissons, known as Phoenixes, and prefabricated components towed across the English Channel, the Mulberry Harbour was assembled off the coast of Arromanches within days of the initial landings. Despite challenging weather conditions and enemy bombardment, the harbour remained operational for several months, facilitating the movement of troops and materiel to support the Allied advance inland.

Today, remnants of the Mulberry Harbour can still be seen along the shores of Arromanches-les-Bains, serving as a tangible reminder of the ingenuity, perseverance, and sacrifice of the Allied forces during one of the most significant military campaigns of the 20th century. The site stands as a powerful testament to the courage and determination of those who participated in the liberation of Europe from Nazi tyranny.

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