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D-Day: Photo of the Week

Photo: (Wates Group)


Our special photo this week is one of a series of D-Day items that have recently been unearthed from the archives of UK construction company Wates. It shows a British tank (probably a Firefly) arriving in Normandy via a Mulberry harbour. The harbours were artificially-constructed floating docks that enabled ships carrying vital supplies, military vehicles and troops to safely anchor off the French coast. They were designed and constructed in secrecy by around 200,000 British engineers, including from Wates, in the seven months leading up to the landing, and helped soldiers who recalled ‘fighting the sea’ at the same time as they battled against the Germans.

(Wates Group)

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