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“Artificial Harbor Created from Concrete Casements” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Remains Mulberry Harbour

Remains Mulberry Harbour
Harbor of Arromanches-les-Bains, France, Arromanches-les-Bains, France
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“Artificial Harbor Created from Concrete Casements”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Luckily the morning we stopped at Gold Beach to tour the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches the tide was out. We were able to walk out to a number of the large seaweed and barnacle encrusted concrete casements. It was hard to imagine the pre-fab planning and installation technics British engineers employed to build this artificial harbor so urgently needed for the success of the Allies D-Day invasion. Besides a museum, there were public restrooms, several restaurants and souvenir shops across the road from the beach.

Visited October 2013
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You stand by the remains of one of these concrete units, and the vibes are palpable; you turn and face the town and emotions jump at you, the sands today are calm, but these units stand tall as an important part of the war effort and shortening the war. There was no deep harbour available to the allies, so the decision was made to build one: in England, and tow it across bit by bit, to France
Dont expect to find a perfect unit: they suffered in bad storms around D day, but even 70 years of sea and weather have been unable to wipeout this technology. A tribute to the boffins and builders of the time.

Visited December 2012
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“Mulberry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Always good to see and remember how the harbour was crucial to the landings and a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by those who made the landings and also how the local French population suffered.

Visited October 2013
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“Port Winston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Great beach to walk on and examine the remains of the "beetles" at low tide. Amazing story behind this port.

Visited October 2013
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“Mulberry B at Arromanches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Floating concrete harbours, the remains of which can be seen at the beach at Arromanches and out to sea, were constructed in Britain to provide temporary berths for shipping to disembark troops and materiel to support the D-Day invasion in June 1944. Storms effectively destroyed the Mulberry A harbour at Omaha Beach on 19 June, but Mulberry B, at Arromanches, lasted for some eight months and provided an invaluable resource for military operations following the Allies' successful foothold on the French coast.

These harbours were made of concrete section, towed across the Channel and assembled into a floating harbour off the coast. The scale of this feature of D-Day can be judged (and marvelled at) from the remains to be seen today.

Visited April 2013
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